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Students at Hampshire

Hampshire opened in 1970, created when presidents of four distinguished New England colleges sought a home for bold, influential—even radical—ideas in higher education.

The Result

At Hampshire, your education focuses on personalized, independent work, close collaboration with faculty, and hands-on experience through study abroad, short-term field studies, internships, volunteer work, advanced independent projects, and much more.

Advancing through three levels, or Divisions, students explore freely and widely across Hampshire's five interdisciplinary Schools.

To graduate, every student, with faculty advice and guidance, devises an individual program in which he or she attempts to ask, and answer, a question perhaps never before posed.

There is no other undergraduate college that approaches learning this way.

Five College Consortium

Beyond Hampshire's own substantial academic resources, students draw on those of Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which together form the Five College consortium.

Arguably, no other college in America offers students so much freedom—or so much support.



Fast Facts

Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
Student Population: 1,400
Average Class Size:
15 students
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11/1

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Put your ideas into action
At Hampshire you'll learn to connect ideas—and to put them into action. You'll build an education that reflects your passions and your goals.
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At Hampshire you won't choose a major the way you might buy a product. Rather, you'll build a concentration out of your interests and intellectual curiosity, in close consultation with your faculty advisors.
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Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002