Amherst, MA
Hampshire College


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Recent Reviews

Tanya
What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

How the small campus would affect my social life.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

How the small campus would affect my social life.

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

Visit the school! Spend a night! Talk to the students! Don't make snap judgments! Sit in on classes!

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

To the students: Be selfish. Think only about what you want, and what will make you happy. Don't think about where your frie...

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

To the students: Be selfish. Think only about what you want, and what will make you happy. Don't think about where your friend is going or where your mom went. Think about what kind of setting will make you happy for the next 2-4 years of your life. To parents: Let go. It's hard, I know. But it will be best for us students in the end to be left to our own devices in a place that has a support system already built-in. Let us fail in college first, not at life. When choosing a major, again, be selfish. The only time that I was ever unhappy at school so far was when I was doing things that I didn't love. This is the rest of your life we're talking about, here! If you love doing something, make it what you do. Don't go to business school because it will make you money. Don't settle for that. You know the saying "money can't buy happiness"? Now, do you remember the one that goes "If you are doing what you love, you'll never work a day in your life?" Truth.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Liberal, interested in Theatre, Environmental Sciences or Cognitive Sciences, and must be very open minded.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

It is a very small school, so the availability of classes can be tough, but the program of the 5 College Consortium remedies this.

Katrina
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

creative hippy types who make counter culture music, smoke pot and do unusual academic and artistic projects.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

creative hippy types who make counter culture music, smoke pot and do unusual academic and artistic projects.

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

make sure that the cost is not going to break you so that you can enjoy your education without the stress of financial burdens. talk to the students and teachers on the campus, walk around, sit in the cafe's where students hang out, get a feel for the place. check the course listings and see how many of the classes look interesting to you. make sure that the surrounding area is stimulating and pleasing to you, it's hard to enjoy a school if the setting is dull or makes you feel anxious or depressed.

What's unique about your campus?

The great teachers and small classes!

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

Go with your gut, not what people tell you.

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

Go with your gut, not what people tell you.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Most everyone here is upper-middle class. Not wealthy. Most of us struggle to make our yearly payments. But because the tuition is quite high, we (the students) assume that everyone here is extremely wealthy. Not so. Most of the kids here come from the middle class. So there's this weird hatred that everyone carries for the "wealthy" students. We're just hating on each other. It's stupid.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone with strong convictions will do just fine here, no matter their politics. This place is extremely liberal. Everyone is "open" to everything...except when something is too "conservative." This is a great place to be if you're not political, because everyone thinks they are political. Rise above the bullshit, and you'll have a blast.

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

Wonderfulm exuberant, creative, nurturing, and glorious - alas quite expensive.

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

Wonderfulm exuberant, creative, nurturing, and glorious - alas quite expensive.

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

Be enthusiastic about the process. Consider taking time off - college is wonderful if you are open, willing and prepared for it. The experience that you will have is the one that you make. Remember that education is an amazing privalege. Be open and honest and remember to take the time to be friendly to everyone. Be aware of what is going on at school, get ivolved with campus sustainability and the farm program (if you have one). Make music, learn about what you love, love what you learn about. Keep in touch with your family. Appreciate your family. Be true to yourself.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

We don't have a campus center beyond our library/artgallery/post office facility. We don't have anough financial aid - especially to students such as myself who are from iddle class homes, that stil can't afford school.

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

Totally awesome despite the smelly hippies

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

Totally awesome despite the smelly hippies

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

Your advisor may seem insignificant but they can make or break the academic program you are trying to give your self. If you are assigned to someone who is difficult to work with, unapproachable or doesn't seem to understand your needs or desires, don't feel abashed about switching.

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

Fails to deliver on its promises of a well-rounded, personal-interest guided education.

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

Fails to deliver on its promises of a well-rounded, personal-interest guided education.

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

Fraught with idealistic trustifarians without futures.

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

Any college can provide a rich academic experience if you are truly committed to materializing it. If such is the case, and receiving an education is your undivided objective, the best thing you can do in your situation is find a school that is affordable for you, and one with reputable faculty in your fields of interest. For you other 98% of applicants... The truth is that the movies are correct in their portrayals. Most colleges are operationally designed to be four-year summer camps at which to live out your protracted adolescence. Yes, you might read Edward Said's essay on Orientalism, learn about Game Theory, take up the mandolin, or any other such mind-expanding undertaking. But if you are the type to enjoy Orson Welles films or Marcel Proust novels, chances are you will have done so already, or would do so sans college education. So, don't spend more money on your education than the opportunities it will provide (ie the reputation of the school) are worth, and make sure you're going to a school in a place you'll appreciate, because you're going to be living there for the next four years, plus.

Molly
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

There is a very open program here. We are able to develop our own educational system by picking our own classes and eventuall...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

There is a very open program here. We are able to develop our own educational system by picking our own classes and eventually creating our own project that will help us get out into the "real world." We have evaluations that critique our work instead of grades which just give a letter/number.

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

Do a lot of research and ask a lot of questions. Don't be afraid to talk to students who are not part of the admissions crew and really make sure you get the bare truth. You really don't want to end up some place you hate JUST because it was the first place you picked or because it was the school that gave you the most money. Have fun and learn a lot! <3

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

There is frequently poor communication between students and faculty. There have been times in the past where I have missed very important deadlines because someone did not respond to my phone calls in time or gave me incorrect information.

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

I would advise students to search through the course catalog at the college they are looking at. Be sure that the courses th...

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

I would advise students to search through the course catalog at the college they are looking at. Be sure that the courses the school offers will match your needs. Also consider the financial aid the school offers and the increase in tuition each year. Finally, carefully look at the facilities the school offers, including dorms, computer labs, library, etc.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I brag about the small class size at Hampshire and the availability that professors offer.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

It is often difficult to find the classes needed to complete your major. Hampshire is so small that often the courses you need aren't offered or fill up quickly.

Elias-John
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Weed smoking, and other hippy type activitys.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Weed smoking, and other hippy type activitys.

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

KNow what you want to study, and take classes off campus, also drugs and partys are nice but dont get to distracted.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The freedom in choicing classes, and the make you own major aproatch oh and no grades, gpas or credits.

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