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Admissions Criteria

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Hampshire does not consider SAT or ACT scores in any way as part of admissions and financial aid decisions.

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First-Year Students
Each year, more than 2,800 students apply for 375 available spaces for first-year students in the incoming fall class. Hampshire's admission process is highly selective, and the admissions committee takes great care to evaluate candidates individually, taking into consideration their multifaceted background as well as their potential to contribute to the Hampshire College community.

Factors Regarding Admission
The factors that ordinarily influence a candidate's probability of receiving an offer of admission are:

  • Rigor of the high school program
  • Academic performance
  • Evidence of a critical and analytical thought process
  • Quality of writing
  • Passion for learning
  • Demonstrated initiative and follow-through
  • Activities and community involvement
  • Ability to enrich our College community

Hampshire's admissions committee seeks students who demonstrate the capacity to take full advantage of the unusually rich set of academic and social opportunities available at Hampshire and through Hampshire's participation in the Five College consortium.

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First-Year Students with Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing as described below may be awarded by The Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA) to students who are in good academic standing. Students’ academic records are reviewed in Division I and again in Division II to determine the eligibility to apply advanced standing to their academic program. Advanced Standing is not used to make up for academic deficiencies. Please see the section Guidelines for Academic Progress for more information on this topic. Students may use up to eight courses and exams as described below.

Courses/exams eligible for Advanced Standing:

  • Regular academic courses taken during high school graded C or better from an accredited college or university, as evidenced by a college transcript, may be used:
  • For up to three Division I electives approved by both the advisor and CASA.
  • In Division II approved by both the Division II committee and CASA.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) exams with scores of 4 or 5; or International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher-Level exam with scores of 5, 6 or 7. Some international exams like the French Baccalaureate may also be considered. These may be used:
  • For up to three Division I electives approved by both the advisor and CASA. 

Students follow the academic program and timeline to graduation along with their first-year cohort and:

  • Complete a minimum of seven academic courses in their first year.
  • Courses taken during the first year not used in Division I may apply to Division II with committee approval.Complete distribution requirements at Hampshire.
  • Possible exception:  A language course from the college transcript may be used for the CHL distribution.Take a tutorial in their first semester.
  • Complete CEL-1Complete the requirements of Division II stipulated in the Division II contract.
  • For more information regarding Division II please see the section “Division II Requirements”.

Dual Enrollment Credit
Hampshire does not grant credit for dual enrollment college courses unless the student will have earned an associate's degree prior to enrollment. Dual enrollment courses are, however, helpful in the admissions process, as enrollment in college courses demonstrates a capacity for academic engagement.

 

Did You Know?

Hampshire does not consider SAT or ACT scores in any way as part of admissions and financial aid decisions.

FAQ about Hampshire's test-blind admissions policy »

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Hampshire College is a member of Colleges that Change Lives, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process.

"There are two reasons why Hampshire graduates achieve so much. One is the kind of person the college attracts. The other is what the college does for them by equipping them to become their own wide-ranging explorers and connection-seekers." —Loren Pope, Colleges that Change Lives (2006)