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Deadlines and Notifications

First Year Students

This category includes students who have completed some college work prior to enrollment at Hampshire (fewer than 15 transferable semester credits).


First Year Student Admission Plan Deadline Notification
Regular Decision (spring 2016) November 1, 2015 December 1, 2015
Early Decision I (fall 2016) November 15, 2015 December 15, 2015
Early Decision II (fall 2016) January 15, 2016 February 1, 2016
Early Action (fall 2016) December 1, 2015 February 15, 2016
Regular Decision (fall 2016) January 15, 2016 April 1, 2016
Early Entrance (fall 2016) January 15, 2016 April 1, 2016

Early Decision I and Early Decision II
Seniors in high school who consider Hampshire College their first choice are encouraged to use either one of the Early Decision options. Those accepted under the Early Decision plan must withdraw all applications to other colleges and commit themselves to attend Hampshire. Early Decision candidates who seek need-based financial aid will receive a preliminary financial aid award, provided that the CSS/PROFILE is submitted in a timely manner; merit-based scholarships are also awarded to Early Decison candidates.

Early Action
Early Action candidates are free to submit applications to other colleges.

Regular Admission
First-year applicants ordinarily apply during their senior year of high school.

Early Entrance
Students possessing exceptional maturity and academic ability may apply during their junior year of high school. A limited number of places are available for early entrance candidates.

Students who will receive a high school diploma after three years should apply as regular first-year candidates; they are eligible to apply under the early decision and early action plans.

The following are required, in addition to the main application materials, for an early entrance applicant:

* Interview with Jessica Ortiz, director of new student programs
* Written approval from the student's high school supporting their decision to start college early

Note: Early entrance applicants are not eligible for federal financial aid.


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"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)