Amherst, MA
Hampshire College


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Recent Reviews

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.

Nate
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I wish that I had gone somewhere else for college. This place seems like a dream to a high school student who wants to wish a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I wish that I had gone somewhere else for college. This place seems like a dream to a high school student who wants to wish about self-exploration etc. but, in the end, all of the self-directed dogma is really a load of crap. When I look at my peers who matriculated from "real" universities with degrees that matter, I feel jealous that I went here. The only thing that I am prepared for is graduate school. I honestly could have attended just about anywhere else and read a bunch of books, smoked pot, and talked politics with my friends without that becoming my major...and my identity. To people considering this place, please do yourself a favor and enroll in a real college,

bryan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

They burned the American Flag on Veterans day and now see it as a symbol of hate and choose not to fly it at all. http://www....

What is your overall opinion of this school?

They burned the American Flag on Veterans day and now see it as a symbol of hate and choose not to fly it at all. http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/11/hampshire_college_stops_flying.html#incart_2box Send your child anywhere else. This "school" uses freedom of speech in an abominably perverse manner.

Kahari
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hampshire College prepares students to understand and participate responsibly in a complex world. Through its actions and pol...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hampshire College prepares students to understand and participate responsibly in a complex world. Through its actions and policies, the college sets an example of the responsible and creative behavior it expects of its students. As a liberal arts college, Hampshire helps students develop confidence in their intellect, creativity, and values. It encourages their desire to be lifelong learners and their capacity to advance the cause of social justice and the well being of others. The college fosters these attitudes through: a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural curriculum; self-initiated, individual programs of study negotiated with faculty mentors; students active participation in original research; and the diverse communities, on campus and off, in which learning takes place.

Peter
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Imagine going to school in a densely populated Occupy protestors' camp: the smells of unwashed bodies and clothes, the sights...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Imagine going to school in a densely populated Occupy protestors' camp: the smells of unwashed bodies and clothes, the sights of hairy, unwashed people, the sounds of drums beating and dogs barking throughout the camp; at night, the deep groanings of souls in distress and mental torment; the sense of there being no right, no wrong, no up or down, no east or west, no adults, just angst-soaked middle schoolers in an alternate universe with nothing to do--just grey, bloody senseless clawing at the earth and eachother for something that spoke of life and meaning, goodness and justice, love, mercy, purity--just for a moment.. Each day you would wake up and see, smell, and hear the same cold, overbearing, self-righteous, and incoherent child-people complaining, cursing the cosmos, cursing God, cursing one another, babbling, accomplishing nothing. This gives some idea of what it's like to attend Hampshire. Now place the same camp near some woods and hills that are quite pretty at certain times of year, and you have the whole picture. I attended Hampshire for four years. This wasn't typical--most students took far longer. I had come from a demanding public school, so I was self-disciplined. Most students were not; they were generally rich and lazy, extremely depressed, incoherent, and belligerent. Sadly, I saw many students become deeply and permanently scarred by their experience there. For example, one student became notorious for practicing bizarre, revolting antics on campus closed-circuit cable TV (e.g., beheading animals, performing sexual acts with himself). He invited his brother on the show and promoted it as a time when his brother would commit suicide. Many students were watching. His brother took a cup full of orange liquid, drank it, and collapsed. The host tried to rouse him, and was apparently surprised; it was not intended, but was a stunt. But, in fact, the student's brother committed suicide live on campus TV. This was not particularly extraordinary for Hampshire. The demographics of the school were generally upper income East Coast students who had attended private or alternative high schools. My experience was that my peers were generally very poorly prepared for a rigorous college educational experience. They did not know the basics of math, history, humanities-- hence, the long lag in graduation times. I am now a teacher, and this group would have been more qualified for remedial adult education, such as GED instruction. I also worked in health care, and observed many of the same behaviors here that I saw in inpatient psychiatric units. Classes were not rigorous, compared to others I attended at the local universities with which Hampshire has co-op arrangements; in fact, my high school AP classes were far more demanding than Hampshire's. Sadly, most faculty did not raise the bar for these underprepared students, and the classes generally devolved into the same, tired screeds about race, gender, sexuality, etc--even if the class content had nothing to do with it. This was so often the case that it became pointless to attend class, as the class was not really run by the professor, but by the students, who had nothing new to say, but certainly demanded to say it again anyway. As compared with the campuses I visited and attended classes at nearby, Hampshire was the most intolerant , elitist, hostile, and socially toxic. Drug use, sales, and abuse was rampant; the school had the reputation for being the drug capital of the East Coast- a notoriety that was extraordinary considering its >1000 student size and hefty price tag. Abortions were as common as eggs for breakfast, as were treated or untreated mental illnesses. Students came to class without literally any clothes and no one said boo--just sat there with in class, sitting on overstuffed chair with their stuff hanging (and smelling). Most students I knew were engaged in some form of dark art--witchcraft, seances, wicca, black/white magic, past life regression, talking with deceased spirits. I can think of only student of I knew who could even begin to construct a coherent worldview, have a decent discussion, or form a healthy relationship. (She was a very nice girl from the Queens borough of NYC; blue collar, worked her way through school, hard working. No angst, just a nice hardworking student who was a true friend) I would encourage anyone considering attending Hampshire to factor in not only the 45,000/year tuition, but about 12,000 /year in psychiatric services + a 1,000/year in meds you may need to spend for many years thereafter. There is no way to estimate the cost to your life of the damage this school will cause. I say this with all sincerity and hope that you will consider this as a real warning. I attended Hampshire because I had never visited it; I was told that I was accepted over the phone and attended sight unseen. Had I known these truths about Hampshire and had others looked into it with me, I would never, ever have attended here. I say this with an awareness of others' reviews here; as a whole, they sound much like what I would have written when I attended. In other words, not so bad. But the damage that was being done to many students took years to be revealed. Like termites, or exposure to radiation the damage was done and continuing, but would not be manifested until years later.

Evelyn
What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

The stereotype of our college is that we're a bunch of hippie stoners, which to some extent is mostly true. I can't generalize the entire school, but there are a lot of liberals, people who don't wear shoes even in New England's unforgiving temperatures, and a bunch of belief-promoting on bumper stickers of cars. There are also some city people, who don't conform to fall under these categories at all, so we're an eclectic bunch.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person who should go to Hampshire should definitely care about social justice and be a selfless person, in my opinion. A lot of the classes have some form of involvement of social justice issues like women's right's, black power, queer movements, etc, in some way or another. In some classes social justice is big and in others they aren't. But it is always encouraged to be a selfless person who considers others in their work, who wants to do better not only for themselves but for the better of their community.

sarah
International students

Hampshire is very secluded. Its lacks diversity and are very few international students or people of color. Academics is good...

International students

Hampshire is very secluded. Its lacks diversity and are very few international students or people of color. Academics is good but the red tape is extremely ridiculous. The social/party life is almost non existent( by that i mean parties and organised events). Everybody has their small click. Some professors are excellent take a class with Aaron Berman for example.

Paige
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Do not go to this school! Apparently the professors really hate when you miss class, even if you tell them that you had to go...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Do not go to this school! Apparently the professors really hate when you miss class, even if you tell them that you had to go to the hospital. Two of them failed me because of it, and another gave me 24 hours to resubmit a brand new 25 page final paper or I'd fail that class too, resulting in withdrawal. When I contacted the administration to complain about how ridiculous that is, they accused me of "plagiarism" and kicked me out anyway. At Hampshire, what the professors say goes. And if you protest, they make something up as an excuse.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

The stereotype is that we're all potheads. Pretty accurate, but not entirely.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Circus club is pretty cool, as is Anime club.

What are the academics like at your school?

They're bullshit. You learn next to nothing in your classes, and if the professor doesn't like you they can do whatever they want.

Alexandra
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Hampshire College doesn't have lettered or numbered grades. So, really, there no grades at Hampshire. Instead, a students per...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Hampshire College doesn't have lettered or numbered grades. So, really, there no grades at Hampshire. Instead, a students performance is recorded with a Narrative Evaluation. A Narrative Evalution is a document your professor gives you after the course has ended, and it is a through written work describing how the prefessor believes you performed in their class. Narrative Evaluations aren't always good, and they're not always long. To fail a course at Hampshire, is not receive an Evaluation. I chose Hampshire because I believed my work is better reflected in words than a number.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Everything you think about college life is all wrong, yet right at the same time. Yes, people love to party. No, you will not able to drown it out with a fan and sleep through it. Yes, there is a lot of work in college. No, you are not going to be up until 3am every night. Only some nights. Yes, the Freshman 15 is real! No, unfortunately, you will not escape it. I know all that I've said sounds kinda scary, but it's really not. You'll get used to the noise. If not, be the brave person in your hall that tells people to be quiet. People will love and hate you for this. For work, just make sure you do all the readings and finals are a piece of cake. And the weight gain... please, just eat less pizza. It's not as good of an idea as you think. But what makes all these annoying and scary things worth it, are your friends. Be more social than you normally would be. Remember to keep putting your neck out, and talk to people. Because those sleepless nights are worthless without your friends doing the same.

What's unique about your campus?

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.

Miranda
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A school where students are encouraged to wander to the edges of their conscious mind, sometimes even into the unconscious, t...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A school where students are encouraged to wander to the edges of their conscious mind, sometimes even into the unconscious, to discover their true selves and what they desire to learn without the input of any outside forces.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Hampshire is best known for the fact that students can create their own major and study whatever they want. It is also known for its student body's drug use, which I think has decreased over the years.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Miranda, Three words (you may have heard them before) : It Gets Better. Trust me, honey, it does. You are trapped in a downward spiral, funneling you towards chaos. But that is not your way! That whirlwind tunneling down, down, is for the ignorant, stubborn, weak-minded idiots that surround you - do not let them take you along! Theirs is a future filled with disillusionment and disappointment; they will constantly be living between weekends, working boring, laborious jobs with a family chosen in high school that they will come to realize they do not love. Yours is a future filled with wonder, awe, love, and inpirational people; you will change the world, one student at a time. Your dream is to teach and inspire - you will do it! Just hang in there a little bit longer! As soon as you exit the premises of that rat-hole you've called home, the world will expand before you. Never forget who you are, and never let others attempt to tell you who that is. I love you, you'll do great things. Love, Miranda

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