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International Students

Thank you for your interest in joining our community! While Hampshire works to renew our academic program and secure a financially sustainable future, we are actively recruiting students to apply for the Fall 2020 class. The Common Application will re-open in early fall of 2019. In the meantime, please join our mailing list, visit campus, and check out updates.hampshire.edu to stay up-to-date on the latest news. Any questions? Please contact admissions@hampshire.edu or call 413.559.5471.

As an international student you will enjoy the diversity of Amherst, Massachusetts, a community with over 30,000 students from all over the world.

To be considered eligible to apply as an international student you may not be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. International students are eligible to apply for financial aid. More information on deadlines and required documents can be found here.

Questions? Contact admissions@hampshire.edu

Application Deadlines

International Students 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

Am I A First-Year or Transfer?

As a first-year student you must have received, or be on track to receive, a high school diploma or high school equivalency and must be 17 years of age or older at the time of enrollment. College coursework completed during high school often counts towards advanced standing and possibly an accelerated timeline towards graduation. If you have completed more than 15 transferable college credits, you are eligible to apply as a transfer student.

As a transfer student, you must have completed at least 15 college credits with a grade of C or better. These courses cannot have been recorded for credit on your high school diploma. Hampshire College accepts transfer credits for courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university if the courses are comparable in content, nature, and intensity to courses offered at Hampshire College. The minimum residency requirement for graduation is three semesters, regardless of how many credits are transferable. Students receiving financial aid should consult with the financial aid office regarding the number of semesters of financial aid eligibility.

Required Application Materials

To apply, submit the following materials through the Common Application:

First Years

  • Common Application and Writing Supplement
  • High School Transcript (current or final)
  • School report and college counselor recommendation
  • Two teacher letters of recommendation
  • 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 admissions@hampshire.edu)

TRANSFER APPLICANTS

  • Common Application and Writing Supplement
  • All College Transcripts
  • Transfer Mid-Term Report (if currently enrolled)
  • Final High School Transcript
  • One Academic Recommendation
  • 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 admissions@hampshire.edu)

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.

Writing Supplement

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.

Application Status

Once we process your application, we will send an acknowledgment email that includes a username and password for you to check the completeness of your admissions file online. To make sure that you receive your decision, we recommend not opting out of email communications.

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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