Hampshire College


Enrollment: 1,438.

Student Body: 60% female, 40% male, 82% out-of-state, 4% international (31 countries represented). Asian 4%, African American 4%, Caucasian 68%, Hispanic 8%, Native American 1%.

Retention and Graduation: 87% freshmen return for sophomore year. 53% freshmen graduate within 4 years. 10% grads go on to further study within 1 year. 8% grads pursue arts and sciences degrees. 1% grads pursue law degrees. 1% grads pursue medical degrees.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 12:1. 99 full-time faculty, 83% hold PhDs, 20% are members of minority groups, 54% are women.


Degrees: Bachelors.

Classes: Most classes have 10-19 students. Most lab/ discussion sessions have 10-19 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Creative writing; drama and dramatics/theatre arts; film/video and photographic arts, other.

Special Study Options: Exchange student program (domestic), independent study, internships, student-designed major, study abroad, teacher certification program. Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, reader services, tape recorders.

Career services: Alumni network, alumni services, career/job search classes, career assessment, internships.


Housing: Coed dorms, special housing for disabled students, special housing for international students, women’s dorms, apartments for single students, theme housing. 50% of campus accessible to physically disabled.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Performing and visual arts center, bioshelter (integrated greenhouse/aquaculture facility), farm center, electronic music and TV production studios, extensive film and photography facilities, multimedia center.

Computers: 100% of classrooms, 10% of dorms, 100% of libraries, 100% of dining areas, 50% of common outdoor areas have wireless network access. Students can register for classes online. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: Town.

Activities: Choral groups, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, student newspaper, student-run film society, international student organization.

Organizations: 94 registered organizations, 3 religious organizations.

On-Campus Highlights: Bridge Cafe, Bookstore, Library, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Liebling Center—Film/Photo. Environmental Initiatives: Constructing a new facility addition to LEED standards (minimum silver; hopefully gold); constructing a condominium community to be LEED-certified. ACUPCC signatory, establishing an environmental committee and mandating emissions inventory. Formed a committee on sustainability that will engage all administrative areas, including Facilities and Grounds, Purchasing, Environmental Health and Safety, Dining Services, Campus Planning, and Information Technology. The campus sustainability commitment has also been re-emphasized at the trustee committee level.


Freshman Academic Profile: Average high school GPA 3.49. 27% in top 10% of high school class, 69% in top 25% of high school class, 89% in top 50% of high school class. 44% from public high schools. SAT Math middle 50% range 530-660. SAT Critical Reading middle 50% range 600-710. SAT Writing middle 50% range 590-700. ACT middle 50% range 25-29. Minimum paper TOEFL 577. Minimum computer TOEFL 233. Minimum web-based TOEFL 91.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Very important factors considered include: Application essay, character/personal qualities. Important factors considered include: Recommendation(s), rigor of secondary school record, extracurricular activities, level of applicant s interest, talent/ability. Other factors considered include: Class rank, academic GPA, standardized test scores, alumni/ae relation, interview, racial/ethnic status, volunteer work, work experience.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. Academic units required: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 3 science, (2 science labs), 3 foreign language, 3 history. Academic units recommended: 4 English, 4 mathematics, 4 science, (2 science labs), 4 foreign language, 4 history.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 2,606 applied, 71% admitted, 23% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: High school transcript, college transcript(s), essay or personal statement, Lowest grade transferable C.

General Admission Information: Application fee $60. Early decision application deadline 11/15. Regular application deadline 1/1. Regular notification 4/1. Nonfall registration accepted. Admission may be deferred for a maximum of 1 year. Placement offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Average book expense $700.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA, CSS/ Financial Aid PROFILE, noncustodial PROFILE. Priority financial aid filing date 2/1.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on or about 4/1.

Types of Aid: Need-based scholarships/’grants: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, the schools own gift aid. Loans: Direct Subsidized Stafford, Direct Unsubsidized Stafford, Direct PLUS, FFEL PLUS, Federal Perkins.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Highest amount earned per year from on-campus jobs $2,600.

Financial Aid Statistics: 69% freshmen, 61% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 63% freshmen, 53% undergrads receive non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. 69% freshmen, 61% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 86% freshmen, 77% undergrads receive any aid. 51% undergrads borrow to pay for school. Average cumulative indebtedness $20,669.

Criteria for awarding institutional aid: Non-need-based: Academics, leadership, minority status.

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