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International Students

Common App

As an international student you will enjoy the diversity of Amherst, Massachusetts, a community with more than 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.

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Application Deadlines

International Students Deadline Notification Deposit
Spring 2021 November 1 November 10 December 1
First-Year Early Decision I - Fall 2021 November 15 December 15 January 1
First-Year Early Action - Fall 2021 December 1 February 15 May 1
First-Year Early Decision II - Fall 2021 January 1 February 1 February 15
First-Year Regular Decision - Fall 2021 January 15 April 1 May 1
Transfer Students - Fall 2021 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:


  • Completed Common Application 
  • Current or completed high school transcript(s)
  • School report and college counselor recommendation
  • One (1) teacher letter 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

Transfer Applicants

  • Completed Common Application and Writing Supplement (Proposed Program of Study)  
  • All college transcripts
  • College Report (from most recent college/university)
  • Transfer Mid-Term Report (if currently enrolled)
  • Final high school transcript
  • One (1) academic letter 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

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.

Common Application Writing Supplement

Proposed Program of Study (for Transfer Applicants Only)

Please describe your academic interests and goals in one to three paragraphs. You might include the types of courses you wish to take (although a listing of course titles alone is insufficient) and any independent projects, internships, or field studies you envision yourself doing. The Proposed Program of Study is not a contract; it is intended to help determine whether Hampshire is an appropriate place for you to continue your academic studies.

Optional Writing Supplement (for First-Year and Transfer Applicants)

Please respond to the following question in 500 words or less:

  • At Hampshire College students take ownership of their learning and customize their curriculum. With that in mind, tell us something you recently learned about and find fascinating. What else do you want to learn about this topic and how will you continue to deepen your knowledge about it?

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.

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