Hampshire College

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893 West Street

Amherst, MA 01002

Phone: (413) 549-4600
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Hampshire College is a private institution that was founded in 1965. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,461, 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 110. Its tuition and fees are $46,625 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1965
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $35,739,555


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 selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 63.7%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Hampshire College is 12:1, and the school has 72.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Hampshire College include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; English Language and Literature/Letters; Social Sciences; and Philosophy and Religious Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 54%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 29%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 9%
English Language and Literature/Letters 8%
Social Sciences 8%
Philosophy and Religious Studies 6%

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Student Life

Hampshire College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,461, with a gender distribution of 42 percent male students and 58 percent female students. Hampshire College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,461
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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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

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Paying for School

At Hampshire College, 60.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $29,910.

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Tuition and fees $46,625 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,620 (2012-13)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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