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Leave of Absence from Full-time Enrollment

If a student needs to be away from Hampshire College and will not require faculty supervision or a formal Hampshire record of activities while away, a leave of absence may be appropriate. Leave of absence for one or two terms may be granted to any student in academic good standing. Automatic readmission is assumed unless otherwise noted.

Note: A leave of absence is not an active enrollment status, regardless of the nature of activities pursued.

Students on leave of absence do not have an advisor; may not complete divisional exams; may not negotiate the Division II concentration form or the Division III contract; and may not work with faculty. In addition, a student on leave of absence may not have use of any Hampshire College or Five College facilities. Specifically, this involves the library; the Robert Crown Center; the Hampshire College or University of Massachusetts Amherst Health Services; the Outdoors Program and Recreational Athletics college-sponsored trips; enrolling, teaching, or auditing Hampshire or Five College interchange courses; having a job on campus; or having a validated Hampshire ID card.

Students may purchase the supplemental health insurance offered by Hampshire College that entitles leave students to medical care as outlined in the College insurance company brochure and on the student financial services website. Supplemental insurance does not cover a student for care at the Hampshire College or University of Massachusetts Amherst Health Services.

January Term is considered part of fall term enrollment. Students on leave of absence during the fall semester may not enroll in January term courses.


Returning from leave, field study or exchange?

Information for students planning to return to Hampshire


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