Hampshire At A Glance

Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, is among the most innovative colleges in the country. Students at Hampshire pursue their passions by designing their own programs of study and recruiting a faculty committee to guide them on their path of intellectual discovery.

Through active, engaged, and collaborative learning, students become creators of knowledge and are encouraged to connect their academic work and the wider world.

Hampshire’s success can be measured in the mainstreaming of many of its experimental ideas in education, and in its roster of alumni achievement: Oscar and Emmy winners, best-selling authors, scientists, historians, Peabody awardees, MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipients, and more Ph.D. candidates than any other school of its size.


Endowment $54.5 million (80% is donor-restricted)
One year return on investment 4.3% return
Annual operating budget $36 million (FY20)
Tuition $51,000 (2021)
Room and board $14,432 (2021)
Books, supplies, and personal expenses $1,900 (2021)
Average financial aid package $43,585 (2020)
Financial aid budget $31 million (FY21)
Students receiving financial aid 95%
Average student debt upon graduation $23,892 (lower than national average)
Alumni loan default rate 4.7% (2020)

Admissions (2020)

Acceptance rate 59% first-year; 52% transfer
High school ranking only 29% of high schools report a rank – N/A
Applications received 1,358
First year students 96 (91 first-year; 5 new matriculated Baldwin Scholars)
Transfer students 40
Yield 16.5% total; 12.8% first-year; 47.6% transfer

Students (2019)

Enrollment 745 degree-seeking
Race/Ethnicity 68.1% White, 13.4% Latinx, 9.4% Black/African-American, 3.5% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 5.5% two or more races (+45 unknown, 42 international)
Residential life 86% of students live on campus
95% of rooms are singles
100% of first-year students will live in singles in fall 2020
Number of states represented 43
Number of countries represented 12
Percentage of first generation students 21.3%


Degree offered Bachelor of Arts
Student/faculty ratio 13:1 (2019)
Average size of class 20 (2019)
Number of full-time faculty 42 full-time, 41 part-time (2019)
Faculty with Ph.D. or other terminal degrees in their fields 89% (2019)
Faculty of color 29% (2019)
Typical length of study 88% typically graduate in 8 semesters (4 years) (2019)
Students who study abroad 32% (includes international and domestic studies) (2019)
Students who take at least one Five College course 96% (2019)
Students who complete at least two Community Engaged Learning projects 100% (2019)
Students who do an internship, research assistantship, or similar activity 85% (2019)
Students who complete two or more similar activities before graduation 72% (2019)
Retention (first year to second year) 67% (2019)
Six-year graduation rate 67% (2019)


Alumni with advanced degrees within ten years of graduating Top 3% of the nation's colleges
Graduate institutions most frequently attended Columbia University, UMass Amherst, NYU, Harvard University, Yale University, Boston University, UC Berkeley, Cornell University, Smith College, UCLA, University of Pennsylvania, MIT, Northeastern University (2019)
Alums of record since 1970 (attended at least 2 semesters) 14,799 (2020)
All graduates since 1970 12,099 (2020)
Percentage of alumni with jobs or in grad school within 6 months of graduating 88% (2020)
Percentage of alumni who are entrepreneurs/self-employed 23% (2020)
Percentage of alumni who give on an annual basis 28% (2019)
Percentage of graduates who have made a gift during their lifetime 68% (2020)


Hampshire students, challenged by the College to design their own programs of study and present to faculty committees, have a record of earning national awards equal to students of other top colleges and universities. Awards received by Hampshire students and grads since 2011 are:

  • Fulbrights: 24
  • Gilman Scholarships: 14
  • Princess Grace Awards: 8
  • National Merit Scholarships: 6
  • Freeman Asia Scholarships: 5
  • Gates Millennium Scholarships: 2
  • Philip Evans Scholarships: 2
  • Daniels Fund Scholarships: 2
  • Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships: 2
  • Critical Language Scholarships: 2
  • Bishop Scholarship Foundation: 1
  • Brower Youth Award: 1
  • National Health Service Corps Scholarship: 1


Hampshire College is fully accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education to award the Bachelor of Arts degree. Membership in the association indicates that the institution has been carefully evaluated and found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified educators. 

NECHE has issued a Notation that Hampshire College is in danger of being found not to meet the standard on Institutional Resources.

Hampshire College is an independent, not-for-profit institution.

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