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Student Profiles

Hampshire students are known as innovators, and the College encourages that, helping them to build on their natural intelligence and inquisitiveness.

Personalize Your Education

To graduate, all students, with faculty advice and guidance, devise an individualized program of study in which they attempt to ask—and answer—a question perhaps never posed before.

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Evan Thaler-Null

Long interested in grassroots environmentalism and do-it-yourself activism, Evan Thaler-Null's studies are focused on merging farming and agriculture with education.

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Julian Feller-Cohen

Julian Feller-Cohen takes a "holistic approach" to journalism, studying television, internet, print, photography, and film.

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Kendra Bechtel

Kendra Bechtel started off with passionate enthusiasm for French literature and linguistics, then almost immediately developed an equal passion for neuroscience.

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Parimal Satyal

Parimal Satyal knew he wanted something different from the academic approaches of the schools he attended while growing up in Nepal.

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Namgyal Norbu

Namgyal Norbu's experience growing up in Tibetan refugee camps in India revealed the threat faced by her native language.

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Tian Ni

Hampshire College is a bit different from the schools Tian Ni grew up attending in Shanghai.

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Hannah Elliott

As part of a critical ethnography class, Hannah Elliott chose to work with a soup kitchen and write about the experience. It was a decision that would change her life.

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Isaac Bruss

Isaac Bruss drew from courses in chemistry, biology, and physics at Hampshire, as well as course offerings at the other Five College schools, to create his program of study in nanoscience.

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Rachel Friedman

As Rachel Friedman described her first two years at Hampshire, she remembers her soon-to-be supervisors' jaws drop.

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Mel Mel Sukekawa-Mooring

"Even though I knew that I wanted to study film, I also wanted to study other things to inform what I was going to make films about," recalls Mel Mel Sukekawa-Mooring.


Lucas Ospina

Lucas Ospina found the inspiration to pursue his passions from his fellow students.

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Andrew Figueroa

Andrew Figueroa came to Hampshire because he was looking for "something really different."

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Abby Brownell

Hampshire is the perfect place for Abby Brownell, but it took her a while to find that out.

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Eli Plenk

After leaving college to work as an organizer for a farm workers' union, Eli Plenk realized that he's also an academic. So he applied to Hampshire.

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Michael Samuels

When Michael Samuels arrived at Hampshire College in the fall of 2009, he had only one regret.

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Jon Butler

Jon Butler's Division II studies took him from Woods Hole to Hawaii.

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Sara Coughlin

Sara Coughlin compares writing a short story to a frozen lake.

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Omnia Hamdan

Thirteen colleges accepted Omnia Hamdan, but the choice turned out to be clear.

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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.

"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)