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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, meet faculty and students, and to understand better our approach to rigorous academics.


The admissions office maintains a list of fall 2015 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.

There are NO CLASSES on the following days:

  • September 23: Yom Kippur
  • October 2: Advising day
  • October 12 and 13: October break
  • November 5: Advising day
  • November 25, 26, and 27: Thanksgiving break
  • December 11: Last day of classes

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

  • Show up five to ten minutes early and ask permission to observe the class. Faculty members may not allow prospective students to visit their classes on a particular day. Please be prepared to observe a second or third choice class.
  • 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.
  • It is possible that a professor might need to cancel a class, or has planned a field trip on the day you are visiting. If, after a few minutes of waiting, no one shows up for the class, please select another class to observe.

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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