For Parents and Families

At Hampshire, your child will learn multiple ways to identify a challenge, ask the right questions, mobilize resources, and incorporate diverse points of view as they creatively propose solutions. They'll take their passion projects beyond the conceptual and make them real. 

From residential and student life to our innovative academic program, our students find life at Hampshire to be a place for profound personal and intellectual growth.

Please reach out to us with any questions you might have, and thank you for including us on this journey.

Admissions Criteria

What do we look for behind the scenes? We want to see who your student is in the context of your studies and your communities. Thriving Hampshire students exhibit the following traits:

  • Growth-oriented mind-set
  • Authenticity
  • Passion for learning
  • Motivation, discipline, and follow-through
  • Empathy and an interest in building community
  • Self-awareness and maturity
  • Interest in many things and a tendency to see the connections among them
  • Intellectual bravery
  • Capacity to reflect on one’s work productively and to learn from adversity

Some of these traits manifest themselves in the trends on a student's transcripts, others in the work they do outside the classroom. Like everything else at Hampshire, the admissions process centers around each individual.

Frequently Asked Questions

Need an answer? We can help. Learn more about admissions, academics, life after Hampshire, and more.

Four student photos side by side.

Success After Hampshire

How will the world look to them? See what they can do with a Hampshire education.

Learn More
Hampshire Campus Drone Photo

Resources, Centers, and Offices

Hampshire College offers a wide variety of resources dedicated to enriching your student's Hampshire experience.

Learn More
Students in the flower fields at Hampshire College Farm

Upcoming Events

It all starts with a visit. Find information about upcoming Open Houses and Admitted Student Days, plan your tour, or explore virtually what Hampshire has to offer.

Learn More
Student working in the lab.

How They'll Study

At Hampshire, they'll take part in a curriculum that reflects the world around us—ever-changing, fluid, and never contained within a single discipline.

Learn More