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Class Visits

Thank you for your interest in joining our community! While Hampshire works to renew our academic program and secure a financially sustainable future, we are actively recruiting students to apply for the Fall 2020 class. The Common Application will re-open in early fall of 2019. In the meantime, please join our mailing list, visit campus, and check out to stay up-to-date on the latest news. Any questions? Please contact or call 413.559.5471.

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 professor teaching a class or find their contact info? Check out the full list of Hampshire faculty.

When to Visit a Class

Spring 2019 Semester: Wednesday, January 23 through Thursday, May 2.

There are NO CLASSES on the following days:

  • February 14: Advising Day
  • March 11-15: Spring Break
  • March 27: Advising Day

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.

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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