- 4 Year
- AMHERST, MA
- Academicsgrade B
- Valuegrade C minus
- Diversitygrade A
- Campusgrade C minus
- Athleticsgrade D minus
- Party Scenegrade B minus
- Professorsgrade B
- Locationgrade B
- Dormsgrade B minus
- Campus Foodgrade C minus
- Student Lifegrade C
- Safetygrade B+
Founded in 1965 as an alternative to standard higher education, Hampshire College is a private, non-profit liberal arts college located in rural Western Massachusetts. With class sizes ranging from 250 to 350 and a student/faculty ratio of 9:1, Hampshire students are guided closely by esteemed and expert faculty members as they pursue individual questions, generate original research, and prepare to make lasting impact. Hampshire is in the top 2% of institutions that produce graduates going on to earn Ph.D.s, and 23% of graduates go on to start their own businesses or nonprofit.
Hampshire is also a member of the Five College Consortium, allowing students to take classes at four other unique institutions: Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Amherst Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. With narrative evaluations in place of grades, a truly open curriculum, and self-designed majors, Hampshire students have the freedom and agency to make their education, not just take it.
Hampshire College Rankings
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Most Popular Majors
- Creative Writing33 Graduates
- Arts20 Graduates
- Cinematography and Video Production14 Graduates
- Sociology10 Graduates
- Anthropology9 Graduates
- Education9 Graduates
- Game Design and Interactive Media8 Graduates
- Drama and Theatre Production7 Graduates
- Environmental Science7 Graduates
- Minority and Ethnic Studies7 Graduates
Academic rigor + individual expression = Hampshire.
Want to own your education? At Hampshire, you'll direct your own path of study, designing a final year-long independent project unique to you and your journey, passions and interests. Use the academic and natural resources of Hampshire, plus the power of all schools in the Five College Consortium. Then go make change in the wider world. If you're self-driven and ready for the challenge, let's go!
- To know is not enough.50%
- Application over testing6%
- Truly unique6%
Hampshire College Reviews
I've loved dorming (everybody gets a single) but the food is not great. However, town has a lot of great restaurants and students always have access to kitchens.
Hampshire is in the five-college consortium, so students can take classes at any of the other schools, which makes 7,000 class options a semester. I have found it to be very valuable.
The student population is diverse, not the type of frat-boys and sorority-girls who all dress and look the same. Everyone is passionate and genuinely kind people.
All in all, I think Hampshire is a unique school that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. I enjoy my time here and can already see that it’ll shape my future in a positive way.