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Founded in 1965, Hampshire College. is a Private college. Located in Massachusetts, which is a city setting in Massachusetts, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 1,321 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.
The Hampshire College Academic calendar runs on a Four-one-four plan basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 10:1. There are 135 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Hampshire College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at HC are considered Selective, with ,22% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 15 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
85% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 52% were in the top quarter, and 19% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Hampshire College.
52 Students rated on-campus housing 3.4 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.
43 Students rated off-campus housing 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
52 Students rated campus food 2.5 stars. 6 % gave the school a 5.0.
52 Students rated campus facilities 3.5 stars. 17 % gave the school a 5.0.
52 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 63 % gave the school a 5.0.
52 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.
52 Students rated local services 3.6 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.
52 Students rated academics 3.6 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.
32 Students rated Hampshire College
I absolutely love Hampshire. I am about to go into sophomore year and over the summer found myself wanting to go back.
There's no doubt that Hampshire has a tiny student body. Before attending, I was a bit nervous about that in particular, but I've actually found it to be a benefit. Class sizes are small, which means that they are spaces for meaningful instruction and conversation rather than never being able to participate or ask questions. Teachers are always available to help if you have concerns - instead of being a number on the attendance sheet, they know your name and are eager to help.
Everyone - faculty, staff and students - are passionate about what they do. Hampshire was designed to be exactly the institution for that - instead of letter or number grades, you are assessed through "narrative evaluations", which are essentially essays written by your professor, going into detail about strengths in your coursework and participation, and maybe what they'd like to see you work on. Because of this method of assessment, you as a student can focus on ACTUALLY learning, rather than worrying if you'll get an A on the test.
On the topic of classes, a special thing about Hampshire is their majors. Hamp is an "interdisciplinary school", which means that instead of being confined to a major and minor, students are able to study everything they're interested in. As someone who is interested in psychology, photography, fine arts and performance, this has been amazing.
There are tons of things to do on campus, as well as off. Amherst is a college town, which means there are an array of restaurants, book stores, etc to explore. On campus, there are events every day, and lots of clubs to join.
Hampshire is part of the "Five College Consortium", which consists of Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, UMass Amherst, and (of course) Hamp. The consortium allows students to take classes at any of the four colleges for free (included in tuition). I have very much benefitted from this - taking a course at another school not only broadened my options in classes but my social network as well.
I have found dorming to be awesome because (most) of the rooms at Hamp are singles - if you want a double, you have to ask. I am a big fan of my room being a space to decompress, and not having to share one is fantastic.
Straying a bit from the good things about Hamp, I will say that the food is not good. Although there are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options at every meal, meal choices are very limited and change every day. It's edible, but not the greatest thing in the world. On the bright side, if you take a class at one of the other schools, you are able to use a meal swipe at THEIR dining halls, and a heads up - UMass was rated number one college dining in America. I have literally paid to eat there, and I promise, it very much lives up to that ranking.
In short, Hampshire is a great school with a diverse student population, engaging classes and teachers, awesome dorming situations and a great learning atmosphere. I highly recommend this school.
Hampshire College is a pretty great place to go to school. I love it personally, because I feel safe there. Hampshire has a very prominent Queer community and is extremely accessible to transgender students. Disability accommodations are pretty good but could be better. Professors could do with a little bit more sensitivity training in the areas of race and ability. Overall I feel it's the most progressive school you can go to, but that it does still need improvement.
If you're interested in a school where you learn about drugs, profane behavior, and rebranded Maoism, then Hampshire is the school for you. Students are largely rude, extremely leftist authoritarians from privileged backgrounds. Staff are naive at best or corrupt and lazy at worst. The facilities are in terrible shape despite the high cost of attendance. Credentials earned here are mostly useless in the real world. It's a day care for the decadent and depraved. Avoid if you want a quality education. I'm ashamed to have spent time working here and I'm ashamed that one of my ancestors donated land to help this institution get started in the '60s. I don't know if it has always been this way, but it certainly has fallen far away from anything worthy of respect.
Calling Hampshire a college is an insult to colleges. The college offers very few courses and even fewer courses are academically rigorous. Their motto “to know is not enough” is essentially a marketing tactic there’s very little hands on elements to a majority of the courses. The science and math programs are great but there are severely limited opportunities for those interested in the arts or athletics. Don’t get fooled like I did by the nice financial aid package and deceptive advertising. I enrolled with the impression they had a reputable jazz professor. It turns out their jazz professor doesn’t even teach at the college despite having him listed on their website. The food is almost inedible at the dining commons and any food at the store is extremely overpriced. Professors aren’t accountable to anyone even if they’re not doing the job. Both of the mandatory seminars courses were seriously problematic with very poor organization and work criteria. I wrote, composed, and recorded 4 pieces of music for a course and still was failed because I didn’t write an artist’s statement. I wrote to the faculty and president asking for an appeal and received only superficial comments. None of the professors in these “courses”could be bothered to respond to my email. Hampshire is fundamentally detached from reality in a way that is both damaging to itself and it’s students. I am leaving as soon a physically possible to avoid any farther insanity at this dysfunctional satire on higher education.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Hampshire College is 63%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
Hampshire is a nice community. It is very expensive which sucks. And the school has like no $ to spend because it is a brand new college with no endowments. But, basically you are paying to be who you want to be and do what you want. There is no one telling you what to do, the education is self guided. When i tell people i go to hampshire, they immediatly want to talk about hampshire halloween or easter keg hunt.
Hampshire academics are amazing!!!! small classes, discussion based. no tests. no grades, just evaluations. professors are almost always available to help you outside of class. I have been invited over with my whole class to my professors house.
-Self absorbed hipster film students
-Stoned hippies who talk about changing the world, but really are just stoned and need a shower.
Well. A lot of Hampshire kids do a lot of drugs, but a lot dont. The majority smoke pot. Hallucinogens are in plenty. The school is NOT a bunch hippies, which i was very disappointed about. You will definitly find some, but the majority is like emo kids. Or just kids which are unique to themselves. You will meet people that you never thought you would be friends with.
Generally a very accepting community. The only concern would be if your views are socially more conservative.
Circus club is pretty cool, as is Anime club.
you can express yourself here!
First look for schools which are strong in the area of study in which you are interested (obviously). If you're not sure what you want to study, look for schools that allow you more academic freedom to take many different classes and experience different subjects. I feel that the best of these even allow you to integrate several subjects and create an individual course of study. Small class sizes means it is easier to participate in class and ask questions. Smaller schools allow for greater contact with faculty. Talk to as many students as possible; the students who got there will give you the best picture of the school. Schools which require a lot of independant work and project-based assignments may be weird at first if you're more used to a traditional system of listening to a lecture, studying and taking a test; but there are major advantages to such schools. Independant work forces you to think critically about subjects, be creative and ultimately get a great deal more knowledge and experience out of your education.
Bottom line: If you're not happy there you won't be able to learn as much.
Since my college is both small and new it cannot offer as much finacial aid as other colleges around it. It also has a difficult time offering all of the classes that it would like to and relies a policy with the four other colleges around it for the classes and majors that it does not offer.
Someone who wants to learn more than just what's in the book and who wants to take that knowledge and put it into practice for every class. Someone who can work independantly and be creative with course work and assignments (there is a lot of independant work required and the more you can put into in, the more you will get out of it). Those who has many interests and maybe can't choose just one will be the happiest: you are not restricted by a traditional major; you integrate many subjects into a concentration.
Fails to deliver on its promises of a well-rounded, personal-interest guided education.
Weed smoking, and other hippy type activitys.
The most common stereotype that I heard while applying was that Hampshire students were all pot-smoking hippie slackers. While there are definitely stoners, slackers, and hippies around campus, we're not all like that. Most of us are incredibly passionate about what we do and we work hard in our classes and activities. Without tests or grades, we are judged on essays and class participation, so in order to succeed, all students are expected to speak in class and to learn to write effectively. Some students come in without these skills, but I have seen many of my classmates rise to the occasion and produce great work.
The freedom in choicing classes, and the make you own major aproatch oh and no grades, gpas or credits.
I wish I knew how expensive it would have been because I did not want to cause my parents as much trouble as paying for Hampshire College has caused them
Someone who wants a traditional major that has all the classes they will ever take lined up for all four years. Someone who dosn't want to structure their own course of study. Someone who just wants to get the book, read the book, listen to the professor and take a test at the end of each course.
It is a very small school, so the availability of classes can be tough, but the program of the 5 College Consortium remedies this.
There is none
The best thing about Hampshire College is the ability to pursue whatever you want. There are no majors or curriculums set out for you; you create your own academic path. You have a committee of teachers that work with you, to help you create your education no matter what it might be. Also, because Hampshire is part of the Five-College Consortium, I can take classes at any of the five colleges to fulfill my academic needs, even if they are grad-level courses. Hampshire is a place for individuals who want individualised education.
There is one dining hall. The food is managed by Sodexho, an evil multinational company who offers levels of food service--guess which level we get?! That's right, bottom of the barrel. There's not much to choose from, and they serve disgusting pizza and reheated pasta everyday. Some people like the food, but I can only assume they never had a mother like mine who fed me nutritious, good-tasting food. Your best bet is the salad bar, but it gets old... fast. Breakfast is the best meal of the day, but they serve it wayyyy too early. Plus it's not exactly good for you, just mega-tasty.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
95% of students
attending Hampshire College receive some sort of financial aid.
29% were awarded federal grants.
While 66% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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