A journey not a destination.
Academic records, history of civic engagement, recommendation letters, and students’ ability to represent themselves in essays trump anything the tests could tell us.
Congratulations, applying to Hampshire is the first step in taking your education into your own hands.
You have questions and we have answers, from our admission criteria (think intellectual passion, commitment to your community, and empathy—not SAT scores), checklists of application materials, dates and deadlines, and the app itself.
What do we look for behind the scenes? We want to see who you are in the context of your studies and your communities. Thriving Hampshire students exhibit the following traits:
Some of these traits manifest themselves in the trends on your transcripts, others in the work you do outside the classroom. Like everything else at Hampshire, the admissions process centers around you.
Still have questions? Good. We love that! There are a team of counselors here to help you every step of the way.
"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)
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.