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Application Deadlines

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

Required Application Materials

We do a holistic read of your application, meaning we look at everything. To apply, submit the following materials through the Common Application:

  • Common Application
  • An academic paper
  • Supplemental essay responses *
  • Current transcript or portfolio detailing academic work
  • Letter of recommendation from academic supervisor
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor

A model portfolio or transcript includes the following information:

  • A brief description of learning activity or course taken
  • The dates and amount of time spent on the activity
  • Texts read and work produced related to the learning activity (i.e. papers, projects, etc.)
  • A grade or narrative assessment of work and growth in that area

Most activities used as part of your transcript should have a grade or narrative evaluation of your work and progress. For activities not evaluated by a teacher or supervisor, we require your self-assessment of the nature of your work and how it contributed to your intellectual growth.
Applicants who have taken the GED must submit official test results in addition to the secondary records. Students must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent to be eligible for financial aid. Diploma equivalents are a GED or a state-issued certificate of completion of a home school program.

Optional Application Materials

Optional application materials can also be submitted through the Common Application.

  • Tell us about a collaborative, group, or community engaged activity that has been especially meaningful to you and why.
  • Video/media supplement. This could be music, dance, film, animation, monologue, etc. (provide link)
  • Project sample: submit an example of your independent or collaborative project work. This project can be creative, scientific, or otherwise showcase the type of work you've done in high school. Provide a link if necessary.
  • Additional letters of recommendation, up to three.

We also highly recommend interviewing with a counselor.

*Supplemental Essay Questions

We like to geek out here at Hampshire, and our essay questions give you a chance to do the same. So here's a sneak peek at the questions you'll find on the Common App. We can't wait to read what you come up with.

  • Describe a proposal for a hypothetical research project that explores the connections between two or three different disciplines (for example: math, creative writing, and psychology). Which academic disciplines would you draw from and how would you utilize Hampshire's unique curricular structure to realize and enhance your project? (300 word minimum)
  • Students receive narrative evaluations at Hampshire instead of letter or number grades. At the end of each course, students also complete a self-evaluation reflecting on their goals and class performance. Write a self-evaluation of a favorite class or other learning activity in high school. What were your goals? Where did you succeed? What do you wish had gone differently? (300 word minimum)

After Submitting Your Application

Once we process your application, we will send an acknowledgment letter that includes a username and password for you to check the completeness of your admissions file online.


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Common App Support

Prospective Applicants can get Common App online support through the Applicant Help Center. From the Help Center, click the "Ask a Question" tab to contact our support team and access a comprehensive FAQ resource covering different aspects of the application process.

Counselors/Recommenders with Common App questions or suggestions can contact them through the Recommender Help Center. You can also receive real-time support through the new chat program available now from 12:00-4:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

"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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