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Students at Hampshire College

Thank you for your interest in applying to Hampshire College! Our Board of Trustees has voted to pause enrollment for the fall of 2019. In accordance with this vote we have suspended and withdrawn all applications for 2019. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time of change. Stay tuned for more information about the 2020 application process.

Congratulations: Applying to Hampshire is the first step in taking your education into your own hands.

You have questions and we have answers to them, 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.

First-Year Students

Transfer Students

International Students

James Baldwin Scholars Program

Homeschooled Students

Note: Students interested in readmission must apply through the Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA). Learn more about readmission here.

Admissions Criteria

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:

  • Growth-oriented mind-set
  • Authenticity
  • Passion for learning
  • Motivation, discipline, and follow-through
  • Empathy and an interest in building community
  • Self-awareness and maturity
  • Interest in many things and a tendency to see the connections among them
  • Intellectual bravery
  • Capacity to reflect on one’s work productively and to learn from adversity

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.

Hampshire now notifies students of their admission decisions online. Huzzah! We're proud to be members of the 21st century, but to make sure that you receive your decision, we recommend not opting out of email communications.

Still have questions? Good. We love that! There are a team of counselors here to help you every step of the way.

Hampshire is a top producer of Fulbright Scholars

2016-17 Fulbright top producer badge


The U.S. State Department and the Chronicle of Higher Education have named Hampshire College a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for 2016-17. Hampshire is one of 11 bachelor’s institutions to receive the designation this year.



"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.

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