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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.


The admissions office maintains a list of Spring 2017 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.

There are NO CLASSES on the following days:

  • February 16: Advising Day
  • March 11-19: Spring Break
  • March 29: Advising Day
  • May 5: Last day of classes

When visiting a class, please keep in mind the following:

  • 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. Helpful hint: Copy your admissions counselor on this email too! We'd love to help you coordinate your day!
  • 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.

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.

"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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