The James Baldwin Scholars Program provides scholarships to talented students from underserved communities who would benefit from a transition year before college in which to improve general academic skills and prepare for the rigor of college studies.
Baldwin Scholars receive a scholarship that fully meets the cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, housing, and meals.
Successful completion of the transition year prepares students to apply for acceptance to Hampshire College with coursework already completed credited toward Hampshire's academic requirements. Students may also choose to apply to other selective liberal arts colleges.
James Baldwin Scholars Application
Interview and Baldwin Personal Statement
January 15, 2016
February 1, 2016
We do a holistic read of your application, meaning we look at everything. To apply, submit the following materials through the Common Application:
An admissions interview is required before February 1, 2016. When you contact the admissions office to schedule an appointment, please let the receptionist know you are a Baldwin Scholar candidate.
To schedule an interview, call the admissions office at 877.937.4267 at least two weeks in advance. Interviews must be completed by the admissions deadline. If you are unable to travel to campus, please request to speak to the admissions counselor on the James Baldwin Scholars Committee so that arrangements can be made for a field or telephone interview.
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.
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.
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.
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 12-4 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.
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