Hampshire is a private coeducational college with an approximate enrollment of 1,350. Founded in 1965 as a bold new venture in liberal arts education, Hampshire College began with a compelling belief that the most meaningful and lasting education is shaped by a student’s own interests. Further, the student should play a role in directing not just the content of his or her education, but also the means. Education is not something imposed upon a student, but a process that each student initiates and actively pursues. Students who are a fit for Hampshire tend to be intellectually curious, imaginative, and passionate learners. They are self-directed, persistent, creative, share a desire to engage in collaborative and independent work, and are willing to assume substantial responsibility for their own education.
Some of the features that distinguish Hampshire from more traditional liberal arts colleges include student-designed academic concentrations; an active, collaborative, inquiry-based pedagogy; and an interdisciplinary curriculum. To learn a little more about the Hampshire experience, view A Day in the Life of Hampshire College.
The student to faculty ratio is 11:1 with an average class size of 15 students. Hampshire is a member of the Five College Consortium, which includes Smith, Amherst, Mt. Holyoke Colleges and University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The Five College courses interchange system offers over 5,300 courses to choose from. Facilities include a multi-sport center, a working farm and agricultural research station, a performing arts center, and a two-story, integrated greenhouse and aquaculture facility (the largest in the northeast).
Main CampusAmherst, Massachusetts, United States0 - 5,000 on Campus<100,000 residents in AmherstLanguage(s) spoken on campus: EnglishHampshire College is a small residential campus located on 800 acres of open and wooded land in Amherst, Massachusetts – about 90 miles west of Boston and 160 miles from New York City. Amherst is a historic and picturesque town nestled in the lush and fertile Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. Home to two colleges and a large public university, it is a community rich with diverse cultural events and educational opportunities. Its thriving town center offers restaurants, cafes, bookstores, museums, a cinema arts center, outdoor festivals, and arts and craft fairs. Hampshire is a residential learning community where fully 95 percent of the students live on campus. There are many ways to get involved in the dynamic and intellectual community environment. Hampshire regularly hosts guest lectures, speaker and film series events to complement the academic curriculum. The Office of Campus Leadership and Activities is a hub for student activities and events on campus — supporting student initiatives and programming, student organizations, activism and community involvement. Hampfest, held at the beginning of each semester, is the college’s student activities fair and a great opportunity for all students to learn about the extensive array of student groups (over 100 registered) and organizations. Hampshire student centers include the Cultural Center, Women’s Center, Queer Community Alliance Center and Spiritual Life Center. Additionally, recreational activities are offered by the Outdoors Program and Recreational Athletics. Two special programs are offered to international students who choose to participate. The Host Family Program matches incoming international students with a Hampshire staff of faculty member who can provide an additional source of support away from home. The host family program is an opportunity for cultural exchange, and an additional source of information about Hampshire, the Five College system and U.S. culture. Additionally, the Peer Mentor Program matches incoming international students with a returning international student. Peer mentors provide incoming students with the informal support they may need to adjust to life at Hampshire, informing them about student groups, residential life, the divisional process, and the various services and resources available to students at Hampshire and in the surrounding community.