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Commitment to Diversity

The Hampshire College admissions staff is committed to creating a safe, supportive, and diverse academic community. We demonstrate this through:

  • Active recruitment of talented students from underrepresented communities, especially underrepresented racial and ethnic groups
  • The James Baldwin Scholars Program, which provides a full scholarship to talented students from underserved communities who would benefit from a transition year before college in which to improve general academic skills and prepare for the rigor of college studies
  • A team of multicultural recruitment ambassadors who connect the work of admissions to the campus community
  • Ongoing dialogue sessions with the campus community on the intersections of race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender identity, and student life
  • Participation in campus-wide diversity initiatives and workshops that increase staff and faculty competence in the areas of diversity and multiculturalism
  • Active membership and participation in Hampshire's diversity task force
  • Partnerships with local and national community organizations

Diversity Factors and Selection
The admissions committee seeks to create a diverse incoming class of students each year. Hampshire's selection process is highly individualized and evaluates applicants in the context of their families, communities, and educational opportunities. Ultimately, the admissions committee is charged with determining whether a candidate is likely to be successful in Hampshire's rigorous and distinctive academic program.

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Colleges that Change Lives

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.

"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)