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International Students

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Greetings! I’m so glad that you’re interested in pursuing your undergraduate education at Hampshire College—where you’ll engage in a unique, transdisciplinary curriculum that allows you to build your own customized program of study

For support and guidance, students choose personalized faculty advisory committees featuring professors from different areas of study. While more traditional U.S. universities focus on memorization and testing, Hampshire helps you build important skills for the modern job market: critical thinking, writing, creative problem-solving, and original research.

As a Hampshire international student, you’ll also enjoy the diversity of Amherst, Massachusetts, a community with more than 30,000 undergraduate students from all over the world who make up the Five College Consortium.

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 for financial aid can be found here.

I look forward to learning more about you through the application process, and I invite you to learn more about Hampshire in the meantime by signing up for a virtual information session or interview. If you have any questions—or if you’d like to schedule an interview—please feel free to contact me at dclAD@hampshire.edu!

Sincerely,
Dalton Lewis 12F
Associate Director of Admissions
Coordinator of International Recruitment

Fast Facts on International Students at Hampshire

  • Percentage of international students in student body: 5.6%
  • Countries represented: 12 (China, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Japan, United Kingdom, France, Spain, El Salvador, Colombia, Ethiopia, and Ghana)
  • Maximum financial aid package available to international students: $37,500 per year
  • Average financial aid package for international students (2019-2020): $32,084 per year

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. The courses from which you earned these credits must have been worth at least 3 credits each, and 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

  • Completed Common Application 
  • Mid-Year Report (if currently attending high school)
  • Current or completed high school transcript(s)
  • School report and college counselor recommendation
  • One (1) teacher letter of recommendation
  • English Proficiency Requirement: If available, please submit a TOEFL iBT (minimum score of 91), IELTS (minimum score of 6.5), or Duolingo English Test (DET) (minimum score of 110). If you haven’t taken the TOEFL, IELTS, or DET, we will also accept the following as evidence of English proficiency:
    • IB (Higher Level) English A1 or A2 grades
    • AP English Literature and Composition grades
    • Predicted A-level English exam marks
    • If none of these apply, you may also request an English Proficiency waiver by contacting our Coordinator of International Recruitment, Dalton Lewis, at dclAD@hampshire.edu.

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
  • English Proficiency Requirement: If available, please submit a TOEFL iBT (minimum score of 91), IELTS (minimum score of 6.5), or Duolingo English Test (DET) (minimum score of 110). If you haven’t taken the TOEFL, IELTS, or DET, we will also accept the following as evidence of English proficiency:
    • IB (Higher Level) English A1 or A2 grades
    • AP English Literature and Composition grades
    • Predicted A-level English exam marks
    • If none of these apply, you may also request an English Proficiency waiver by contacting our Coordinator of International Recruitment, Dalton Lewis, at dclAD@hampshire.edu.
    • Any international transfer applicants who have studied for at least one year at a U.S. college or university will automatically have their English Proficiency requirement waived.

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.

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 named Hampshire College a top producer of Fulbright Scholars.

 

"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 

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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