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Hampshire College is a private institution that was founded in 1965. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,500, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 800 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Hampshire College's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 112. Its tuition and fees are $44,700 (2012-13).
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Hampshire College prepares students to understand and to participate responsibly in a complex world. Hampshire is an innovative liberal arts college with a multidisciplinary approach that develops well-educated lifelong learners with the capacity to go beyond received knowledge and conventional beliefs. As students pursue self-initiated, individual programs of study negotiated with faculty mentors, they develop confidence in their intellect and creativity. Active participation in original research and detailed narrative evaluations from their professors help students build successively more sophisticated critical abilities and skills. The college's multicultural curriculum and commitment to civic and social engagement for all members of the community develop an understanding of the diverse nature of our world and the necessity for responsible leadership. Within the college's residential community students encounter and learn to respect differences and appreciate diversity, enhancing their capacity to live together well. Hampshire is located in the rich educational environment of the Five College consortium (Hampshire, Amherst, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), which provides students the opportunity to engage in the extraordinary academic and social offerings of all five campuses.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Hampshire College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are December 1 and November 15, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Hampshire College is $60. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 71.4 percent and an early acceptance rate of 88.4 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||71.4%|
|Application deadline||January 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||February 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Hampshire College is 12:1, and the school has 68.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Hampshire College include: Creative Writing; Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other; Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other; Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis; and Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81.8 percent.
Hampshire College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,500, with a gender distribution of 41.4 percent male students and 58.6 percent female students. At this school, 80.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 20.0 percent of students live off campus.
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|Collegiate athletic association||N/A|
Campus Info & Services
Hampshire College offers a number of student services including women's center, day care, health service, and health insurance. Hampshire College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Hampshire College, 40 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Hampshire College.
|Students who have cars on campus||40%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Hampshire College, 60.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $30,386.
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|Tuition and fees||$44,700 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$11,620 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data