International Students

Thank you for your interest in applying to Hampshire College! Our Board of Trustees has voted to pause enrollment for the fall of 2019. In accordance with this vote we have suspended and withdrawn all applications for 2019. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time of change. Stay tuned for more information about the 2020 application process.

Hampshire is an institution committed to teaching in a local and global context. How can you use your education to change the communities around you? And how can you do it your way? As an international student, you will enjoy the diversity of Amherst, Massachusetts, a community with over 30,000 students from all over the world, as well as benefit from the intimacy of Hampshire's small classes and close faculty relationships.

Application Deadlines

International Admission Plan Deadline Notification Deposit
Spring November 1 November 10 December 1
Early Decision I (fall) November 15 December 15 January 1
Early Action (fall) December 1 February 15 May 1
Early Decision II (fall) January 1 February 1 February 15
Regular Decision (fall) January 15 April 1 May 1
Transfer Students (fall) March 15 April 15 May 15

Financial Aid information for International Applicants

You can find financial aid application information and deadlines for international students here.

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
  • Supplemental essay responses*
  • High School Transcript (current or final)
  • School report, including college counselor recommendation
  • 2 letters of recommendation from a teacher
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (Minimum TOEFL score of 91 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. Predicted grades for IB English A1 or A2, or for A-level English, will also be considered. You may request a TOEFL waiver at
  • To students applying for financial aid, we require the CSS Profile.


  • Common Application
  • Supplemental Essay Responses*
  • All College Transcripts
  • Transfer Mid-Term Report (if currently enrolled)
  • Final High School Transcript
  • One Academic Evaluation
  • To students applying for financial aid, we require the CSS Profile.
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (Minimum TOEFL score of 91 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. Predicted grades for IB English A1 or A2, or for A-level English, will also be considered. You may request a TOEFL waiver at

Optional Application Materials

Some optional application materials can be submitted through the Common Application. You will also have the opportunity, after applying, to submit additional optional materials such as photos, videos, PDFs, Word documents, and music files through your online application portal with Hampshire College.

  • Video/media supplement. This could be music, dance, film, animation, monologue, etc.
  • 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.
  • Additional letters of recommendation, up to three.

We also highly recommend an interview.

*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.

The following questions get at some of our core values: inquiry, interdisciplinarity, and growth. Choose one prompt from the list below and respond (500 words max):

1. Hampshire’s motto is “to know is not enough.” People interpret this motto in different ways. What does it mean to you?
2. Think about two or more topics that interest you. Tell us about some issues or questions related to these topics.
3. Describe a time when you received feedback, academic or otherwise, that changed your thinking or behavior for the better.

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. Hampshire College has entered the 21st century and now releases decisions online. To make sure that you receive your decision, we recommend not opting out of email communications.


Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page, or contact

Common App Support

Prospective Applicants can get Common App online support through the Applicant Solution Center. From the Help Center, click the "Contact Support" tab to contact our support team.

Counselors/Recommenders with Common App questions or suggestions can contact them through the Recommender Solution Center.

Hampshire is a top producer of Fulbright Scholars

2016-17 Fulbright top producer badge


The U.S. State Department and the Chronicle of Higher Education have named Hampshire College a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for 2016-17. Hampshire is one of 11 bachelor’s institutions to receive the designation this year.



"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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