Hampshire College Top Questions

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


The worst thing about Hampshire College is the library, I should know, I work there. It is very un-organized and there is not a very large sellection of books. However, being a part of the five college consortium helps the problem of the limited books because a student can take out a book that is not at Hampshire's library from another one of the five college libraries.


The tuition is the worst thing. My tuition was over $40,000, one of the most expensive schools in the country. I will be paying this off for a long time.


The administration of this school is unorganized, poorly run, and cannot properly deem where to allocate funds. Money is wasted on some projects and unavailable for others. A lot of the faculty that are not professors are unfriendly and unhelpful.


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.


The worst thing I think is how sick people let themselves get. They just don't take care of themselves. They don't sleep right, eat right, and they self medicate.


It is expensive!


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.


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.


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.


Lack of diversity, non-acceptance of anything but radical viewpoints.