Amherst, MA
Hampshire College


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Rowan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love it here. I am very new but I don't have any complaints and everyone I have talked to who went there loved it just as ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love it here. I am very new but I don't have any complaints and everyone I have talked to who went there loved it just as much as I do. I honestly wouldn't change anything about the school. And I wouldn't want to go to any other school. I am very happy where I am.

Charles
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It was terrible. I went to this school for two years, and I was extremely glad to leave and transfer to another school. Aft...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It was terrible. I went to this school for two years, and I was extremely glad to leave and transfer to another school. After a while, I couldn't stand Hampshire College. This school was simply way too liberal. People turned absolutely everything into a Gender/Race/Class issue. For example, people would scream "That's racist!" in response to just about anything. It was pretty sad. Here are some facts: 1)I don't put Hampshire College on my resume or my LinkedIn. 2)I emailed someone at Hampedia and asked them to take my name out of their database. Learning Experience at Hampshire College Hampshire College did provide an innovative learning environment. There were a lot of interesting people there, and some of the students had some rather fresh perspectives. However, I think I learned more in one semester at a state school than I did in two years at Hampshire College. I mean tests aren't necessarily a bad thing. I am aware of the argument that learning for an exam does not provide effective long-term learning, because people forget the knowledge they learned soon after taking an exam. I honestly remembered a lot of things I learned while studying for college exams. I certainly won’t claim I remembered everything, but I did remember a great many facts, figures and concepts. While I was at Hampshire college, my advisor tried convincing me that if I went somewhere else, I would suddenly take all my classes in an auditorium. I have NEVER taken a class in an auditorium. Hampshire’s Culture A lot of the people at Hampshire were a little too out there for my tastes. One time, two people I knew, one male and one female, started wrestling. The girl asked "why are you stronger than me"? I'd imagine that: ...She was in denial or... ...She had never read a physiology textbook in her entire life. Second-Chance Middle School I am not the one who came up with this term, but it was sometimes used to describe the culture of Hampshire College. There were instances where I would tell students there that it was a second-chance high school, and they would say it's more like a middle school. The Disgruntled Youth of America This might be another good way to describe the culture of Hampshire College, at least when I was there. I remember a lot of cynical, disgruntled people who resented the world. They were the type who would say "Down with the man .... because he's the man!" That kind of misguided rebellion is great for adolescents listening to Punk Rock, but college students would hopefully .... hopefully .... be a bit more mature. Hampshire College Republicans- I am not a Republican. I have never been a Republican. However, I participated in the Hampshire College Republicans because there were no Hampshire College Democrats. I got quite the hard time for this, and I don't find it necessary. Gratitude It's important for us to count our blessings, right? One thing I can tell you is that I am glad I am no longer around Hampshire students. Many of the people I went to school with were basically just rich kids who wanted to use their parents’ money to live in a reality bubble for four years … or more. Some just seemed like disgruntled adolescents. At any rate, I am extremely glad I am no longer there. In Conclusion I doubt very highly I will ever recommend Hampshire College to anyone. When I was there, the attrition rate was supposedly 40%, and from what I heard, most people who transferred ended up at state schools. I was originally told about Hampshire College by an assistant principal at my high school. In retrospect, I probably would have been better off going to a school like B.C., as it has strong name recognition and more than 1,200 students or however many students Hampshire had when I went there. The last time I checked, B.C. had a 29% acceptance rate for undergrad. The transfer acceptance rate, however, is not listed. What I am getting at is that if I had simply applied to B.C. in High School, instead of applying as a transfer, I probably would have had a far easier time getting in. That being said, my mother was a Umass employee. In the grand scheme of things, Umass was very easy and very cheap, so I may have saved myself some money by going there after Hampshire College.

Wolfie
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It definitely has it's downsides (especially the food... and the PRICE of the terrible food), but it's one of the better coll...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It definitely has it's downsides (especially the food... and the PRICE of the terrible food), but it's one of the better colleges I've had a chance to experience. The community is very polite and willing to help each other out. However, they are very big on activism at this school and we generally can't go a full month without protesting something. The food is subpar and extremely expensive for some reason, and it's mandatory if you live in the dorms. This college (and it's students) are also incredibly lenient with deadlines. Which can be helpful if you're running late on a project, but is somewhat annoying when you're waiting to hear back about your Financial Aid.

Hugh
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Hampshire College should not be an accredited institution. Period. I took a summer class at Hampshire college after graduatio...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hampshire College should not be an accredited institution. Period. I took a summer class at Hampshire college after graduation, and it was the worst academic experience of my life. My experience was so terrible and hostile that I was unable to complete the 4 week course I flew from the other side of the country for. If you are thinking of going to Hampshire College, please do yourself a favor and STAY AWAY. You won't learn a single thing in their classes, as EVERY SINGLE TOPIC will always be turned to a Social Justice issue. They condition you to have a victim mentality, to the point where I'm sure it drives many students to depression and delusional thinking. Imagine a world where anything anyone ever talks about is extremely negative. They can turn any beautiful topic into one of oppression, victimhood, and gender identity. It always has to be about themselves NO MATTER WHAT. If you don't succumb to their extreme ideology, the environment becomes VERY hostile. Students and teachers will attack you with no remorse. Basically, if you have your own thoughts and ideas, prepare to be silenced by the student body and administration. In my own experience, I had to defend my ideas against the entire class and the professors, who were engaged in brainwashed, mob mentality attacks against me. Keep in mind this school removed the American flag from their campus at one point because it was "too offensive" and "triggering". I have never been surrounded by a bigger group of self entitled, miserable snowflakes. If you go here, be prepared to be miserable for four years. Misery loves company.

Allegra
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is an amazing place. And I love this place. There is a strong sense of community where you have many resources. The profes...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is an amazing place. And I love this place. There is a strong sense of community where you have many resources. The professors are great and always there to help. If you need help, there will be one at any time. The campus is safe. And we believe in "knowing is not everything."

Kay
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hampshire has an academic program like no other. Students are given the freedom to choose their path from the first year. In ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hampshire has an academic program like no other. Students are given the freedom to choose their path from the first year. In their second and third years they take only courses that will help build their "concentration" (majors and minors do not exist at Hampshire) and then in their fourth year Hampshire students do a graduate-level project. However, the campus culture is unforgiving and the facilities are often under-par.

Sydney
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Overall, I am happy with my decision to attend Hampshire College. It is so valuable to have written evaluation instead of gra...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, I am happy with my decision to attend Hampshire College. It is so valuable to have written evaluation instead of grades. With evaluations, I hear from my professors where I am doing well and where there is room for improvement. The professors are very dedicated and involved. I have had professors recommend events, both on and off campus for students to go to. Professors are always willing to meet to talk about nearly anything you want to. One of my professors told his students to become friends with at least one professor and that we could drop by his office to talk about whatever we wanted to.

Anna
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's really good! The class sizes are small, we don't have grades so people focus on their actual work instead of what will g...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's really good! The class sizes are small, we don't have grades so people focus on their actual work instead of what will get them a letter grade (we have evaluations instead). The professors are all really helpful and pretty much everyone is there to help. It's a really small campus so it's easy to get around and you tend to get to know a lot of the people here. The main drawback is the expense, but if you can afford it, it's worth it.

Amir
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I think that this college is phenomenal and I believe that this college from a glance seems perfect for every student. Howeve...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think that this college is phenomenal and I believe that this college from a glance seems perfect for every student. However, as a student of color, you are constantly, you are exposed to ignorance and utter racial situations. As a student of color, we ask people to reject the "White Gaze" which is a term that means ignorance. We ask that white people look into the lives of African-Americans and it doesn't just mean taking a slavery course. We want white people to acknowledge that you will have more opportunities than blacks because of your skin color, we all have to recognize that you do have "white privilege." YOU MUST ASK YOURSELF! Do I have opportunities or privileges that may is more beneficial to me or am I in a leading position that people of color may not be guaranteed? Am I more recognizable? Confident? If you feel that white privilege is a made up construct by people and you do not believe there is not a race problem, Please enter this college and be enlightened by bold minds

Lily
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hampshire College is a world of it's own, and a safe place to explore yourself and your education. You either love it, or you...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hampshire College is a world of it's own, and a safe place to explore yourself and your education. You either love it, or you hate it. Oh, it also has a great athletics program that most of the student body doesn't know about. P.S. The soccer team is bomb.

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