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Considering Early Decision?

If you have thoroughly examined your college choices and have determined that Hampshire is your first choice, then we encourage you to apply under one of the two Early Decision plans.

Benefits of Applying Early Decision (ED)

There is a statistical advantage to applying ED; your chances of admission are increased.

You will receive a preliminary financial aid award, if you apply for financial aid on time and have demonstrated need (in the event we are unable to meet your demonstrated need, you may be released from the ED contract).

It is great to solidify your college plans early. You can relish the second half of your senior year--enjoying your time left with friends and engaging in your favorite activities (in addition to focusing on your school work, of course).

Your stress is reduced because you only spend a month waiting for a decision rather than three or four months.

You will save the time and expense of submitting multiple college applications.

Because you know about your acceptance and financial aid award months before April 1, you have more time to prepare for going to college.

Applying ED shows that you are passionate about the type of education Hampshire provides. The admissions committee takes this show of interest into consideration when rendering admission decisions.


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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)