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Hampshire at a Glance

Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, is among the most innovative colleges in the country, requiring students to pursue their passions by designing their own programs of study and recruiting a faculty committee to guide them on a rigorous path of intellectual discovery. Through active, engaged learning, students become creators of knowledge and are encouraged to make connections between their academic work and the wider world.

Students receive detailed narrative evaluations from faculty mentors, rather than grades.

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.


Hampshire is increasing its need-based aid each year and makes every effort to meet 100% of students’ demonstrated need. For Fall 2019 we met an average of 95% of demonstrated financial need.

Endowment $54.5 million (80% is donor-restricted)
One year return on investment 4.3% return
Annual operating budget $36 million (FY20)
Tuition $50,030 (2020)
Room and board $14,020 (2020)
Books, supplies, and personal expenses $1,900 (2020)
Average financial aid package $44,452 (2019)
Financial aid budget $31 million (FY20)
Students receiving financial aid 95%
Average student debt upon graduation $24,052 (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 degree 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

The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Hampshire College. At present, the Board has 20 members (the Bylaws allow for as many as 31 members), all of whom volunteer their time, energy, and financial resources on behalf of the College.

  • 30% of Hampshire’s trustees are people of color
  • 30% are elected by a constituency — there are a faculty trustee, a student trustee, a student trustee alternate, a staff trustee, and two alumni trustees
  • 80% are Hampshire alums
  • 20% are current or past Hampshire parents
  • 45% of trustees reside in New England, 30% are from the Mid-Atlantic states, 10% are from California, 5% are from the Southwest; 10% of trustees are international

Endowed Faculty Positions

  1. Jonathan Lash Endowed Chair in Environmental Education and Sustainability: To honor the legacy of Jonathan Lash's remarkable tenure, the College is establishing the Jonathan Lash Endowed Chair in Environmental Education and Sustainability. Environmental education promotes an environmentally literate and concerned populace who can leverage science concepts and evidence from reliable resources when engaging in political and social action, decision-making, and everyday discourse. Est. 2017
  2. SHIFT Professor of Ethics and the Common Good: The Ethics and the Common Good program cultivates collaborative, ethical leaders who reflectively engage in creating a more equitable and resilient world. The program weaves together the commons, applied ethics, and relational leadership to create a robust theoretical foundation and practice-based approach for realizing its mission. This chair is held by George Fourlas, assistant professor of applied ethics and the common good. Est. 2016
  3. Charles Taylor Endowed Chair of Integrated Sciences and Humanities: Established by trustee emeritus Charles H. Taylor to support faculty at Hampshire College to pursue integrated scholarship in the sciences and the humanities. This chair is held by Salman Hameed, assistant professor of integrated science and humanities. Est. 2000
  4. Rosamond Stewardson Taylor Endowed Chair of Religion Comparative Religion: Established in honor of Rosamond Stewardson Taylor to support faculty at Hampshire College to pursue the humane interdisciplinary, non-doctrine scholarship in teaching of religions and history. Est. 1998
  5. Marilyn Levin Professorship: Established in honor of Marilyn Levin to support an appointed senior faculty member eligible for a term of three to five years. Includes an annual discretionary fund for use in curriculum and professional development. This chair is held by Djola Branner, professor of theatre. Est. 1996
  6. MacArthur Professorship: Established by the MacArthur Foundation this endowed chair is awarded to faculty members in their second contract period at Hampshire College. This chair is held by Megan Dobro, professor of human biology; John Castorino, assistant professor of molecular biology; and Hope Tucker, assistant professor of video and film. Est. 1981


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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