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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    D-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    C-
Hampshire is an above-average private college located in South Amherst, Massachusetts in the Springfield, MA Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,321 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Hampshire acceptance rate is 63%. Popular majors include Cinematography and Video Production, Fine Arts, and Creative Writing. Graduating 62% of students, Hampshire alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $20,700.
Athletic Division
USCAA
Athletic Conference
Address
893 West St
Amherst, MA 01002

Hampshire College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
63%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$34,521/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $21,448/ year
  • $30-48k
    $21,576/ year
  • $49-75k
    $25,291/ year
  • $76-110k
    $30,475/ year
  • $110k+
    $40,206/ year
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Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.23 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.27 responses
44%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.27 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,321Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Self-Directed
    57%
  • Passionate
    21%
  • Self-celebrating
    14%
  • Overwhelmed
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.19 responses
Poll
82%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.33 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • To know is not enough.
    60%
  • Application over testing
    7%
  • Dedication.
    7%
  • Hell
    7%
  • Self-driven
    7%
  • Truly unique
    7%
  • Weird
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
62%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
86%
National
83%
50%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses
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Hampshire College Reviews

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Hampshire College is not for the faint of heart. I was a shrinking violet in high school and wanted to push myself by going somewhere that would force me to develop the skills to self-advocate, direct my learning, and move beyond my comfort zone. Little did I know that Hampshire would be such a perfect outlet for doing all of these things; with a self-designed curriculum, project-based learning, and a mandatory capstone project of your own design, Hampshire is a place where you develop both the hard and soft skills required of being a critical thinker and doer. You'll likely find that students hold both an overwhelming affection and healthy skepticism for all things Hampshire, and I think that this student body (as well as a marvelous faculty) is exactly what makes it such an invaluable learning environment. Hampshire is currently in the financial throes and its fate is yet unknown; I sincerely hope it is able to survive, because there is no place in the world like Hampshire College.
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I loved every moment at Hampshire, and what I learned there propelled me into a unique and selective career. Besides academics, Hampshire teaches students important skills for life: self-motivation, networking, creative problem-solving, and time management.

Because class size is small, there is often competition to get into classes with popular teachers. It's frustrating to be rejected, but you will rarely attend a class with bored or inattentive students.

Hampshire is not for everyone. The progressive and alternative student body belies serious academic workloads, without many of the obvious guardrails of traditional academia. There are no tests at Hampshire. Instead, there are research papers, essays, and complicated lab reports, all of which are time-consuming and self-directed.
With committed professors and a driven student body, this school has helped me improve. The self-directed nature of the curriculum is definitely not for everyone but it has really worked for me. I've been engrossed in my field of study even in my first year and I've received guidance to complete independent projects. The small campus can feel a little oppressive but there is a lot of community emphasis and lots of forest to explore. This school is near four other colleges and the network formed between the five colleges is astounding. Dining hall food is diverse and inclusive, but often greasy or bland. Housing assignments were thorough, dorms are small.