Hampshire College

893 West St, Amherst, United States
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Overview of Hampshire College

About this school

Hampshire, founded in 1965, is a private, liberal arts college featuring an interdisciplinary curriculum instead of single-discipline classes, student-designed concentrations instead of predetermined majors, and narrative evaluations instead of letter grades. Hampshire belongs to the Five Colleges Consortium, through which students may take classes at neighboring Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, and University of Massachusetts. Its 800-acre campus is located in Amherst, 90 miles west of Boston.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:1,268
    • Men:466 (36.8%)
    • Women:802 (63.2%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Hampshire College is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
3
4
Foreign Language
3
4
Social Studies
-
-
History
3
4
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Not used if submitted
Not reported
SAT Only
Not used if submitted
Not reported
ACT Only
Not used if submitted
Not reported
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
Not used if submitted
Not reported
SAT Subject Tests Only
Considered if submitted
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Not reported
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
893 West Street
City, State, Zip
Amherst, MA  01002
Phone
(413) 559-5471
Fax
(413) 582-5631
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer Of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15, February 1
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
December 1
Early Action Notification
February 1

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
63% of 2,305 applicants were admitted
Women
65% of 1,458 applicants were admitted
Men
58% of 847 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
379 (26%) of 1,448 admitted students enrolled
Women
241 (25%) of 954 admitted students enrolled
Men
138 (28%) of 494 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
Not reported
375 And Above
29%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
15%
2.00 - 2.49
2%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported
Sat Critical Reading
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
Not reported
• Score 30 - 36
Not reported
• Score 24 - 29
Not reported
• Score 18 - 23
Not reported
• Score 12 - 17
Not reported
• Score 6 - 11
Not reported
• Score 5 Or Below
Not reported

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $50,030 (76.51485027375891%)
  • Room & Board: - $13,606 (20.80873581500627%)
  • Other Expences: - $850 (1.2999724711711986%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $900 (1.3764414400636222%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Hampshire College accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 1
Award Notification Date
On or about April 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 004661
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile
$25 for first college, $16 each additional

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
271 (82.9%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
242 (89.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
242 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
25 (10.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
95%
Average Award
$45,654
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 241 (99.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $38,891
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 232 (95.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,913
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 20 (8.3%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
65 (19.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $7,989

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
997 (76.4%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
860 (86.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
860 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
110 (12.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
93%
Average Award
$42,326
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 838 (97.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $35,237
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 827 (96.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,512
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 100 (11.6%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
350 (26.8%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $12,652

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
55%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$21,758
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Biological Sciences, English, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Creative Writing
Special Achievements/Activities
Community Service, Leadership
Special Characteristics
Children of Faculty/Staff

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,900

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Not offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


114

Part-Time Faculty


48

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


Not reported

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 11% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 61% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 27% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 0% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 0% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 31% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 66% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 3% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
359,492

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
205
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Not reported

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Hampshire College provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


76.5%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


47.2%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


59.6%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


62.4%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (57)


  • African Studies
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Agriculture, General
  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Animal Behavior and Ethology
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Astronomy
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Gay/Lesbian Studies
  • History, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • International/Global Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Legal Studies, General
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Health, Other
  • Public Policy Analysis, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • South Asian Studies
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Urban Studies/Affairs
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
  • Women's Studies

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

Special Programs


Student-designed major, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad

Study Abroad


Visual and performing arts, Biological/life sciences, Social sciences, Psychology, English

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Not reported

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


34,874

Nearest Metropolitan Area


800 acres

Environment


Small town/city

Campus Size


Weather


Temperature
21.6 average low in January, 76.3 average high in September
Rain
127 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
30 mile(s) from campus in Windsor Locks, Conn.
Nearest Bus Station
20 mile(s) from campus in Springfield
Nearest Train Station
20 mile(s) from campus in Springfield

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


84% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Students required to live on campus through senior year

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


16%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Not available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Not available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
-
Mascot
Blacksheep
School Colors
Black, forest green, and white

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Cross-Country Running
Fencing
Soccer
Ultimate Frisbee

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Cross-Country Running
Fencing
Soccer
Ultimate Frisbee

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Hampshire College offers choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, red scare frisbee, queer community alliance, excalibur (fantasy/role playing), sports coop, circus folks unite

Sororities


Fraternities


ROTC


Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


1,268

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
1,268
Women
802
Men
466

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 2.4% Asian
  • 7.6% Black/African-American
  • 12.6% Hispanic/Latino
  • 6.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 66.0% White
  • 4.5% Unknown

International Students


4.9%

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


Not reported

Student Resources

Study resources