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Class Visits

As part of your campus visit, we encourage you to observe Hampshire's pedagogy in action. Class visits are a great way to get a sense of Hampshire's student culture, to meet faculty and students, and to understand better our approach to rigorous academics.

How to Visit a Class

Choose a class and email the professorHelpful hint: copy your admissions counselor on this email, we'd love to help you coordinate your day!

The admissions office maintains this list of courses that are available for prospective students to visit. Please let the admissions office know when you plan your visit to campus if that includes visiting a class. This schedule is subject to change. To keep course attendance small, we limit class visits to prospective students only.

Want to know more about the class? Check out the full list of *Spring 2018 course descriptions. Want to know more about the professor teaching a class or find their contact info? Check out the full list of Hampshire faculty.

*Note: not all classes listed in this course description PDF are available for visitation. Refer to the admissions list of open courses or call 413.559.5471 to check availability of a course.

When to Visit a Class

Fall 2018 Semester: Wednesday, September 5 through Thursday, December 13

There are NO CLASSES on the following days:

  • September 19: Yom Kippur
  • September 27: Advising Day
  • October 6-9: October Break
  • October 23: Community Education Day
  • October 31: Advising Day
  • November 21-25: Thanksgiving Break

Of course, it is essential that you visit while classes are in session (there are no classes during the summer months). To ensure this is the case, please check Hampshire's academic calendar.

When Visiting a Class...

  • We highly recommend that you email the professor of the course before visiting; it is possible that a professor might need to cancel a class or has planned a field trip on that day. Faculty members may not allow prospective students to visit their classes on a particular day for any reason.
  • Wait until all students have arrived, then sit outside of the circle. Seats are for current students.
  • Refrain from participating in class unless invited to do so by the professor or students.
  • Stay the entire time. For three-hour courses, prospective students may leave during the break.
  • If, after a few minutes of waiting, no one shows up for the class, please select another class to observe. Please be prepared to observe a second or third choice class.

For Parents

Class visits are open to prospective students only. Stop by the admissions office, and we'd be happy to point you to alternate campus attractions to explore.

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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.



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