More than a quarter of Hampshire graduates start their own enterprises: social ventures, investment firms, advocacy organizations, or creative mashups of those and more.
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. "Today, no college has students whose intellectual thyroids are more active or whose minds are more passionately engaged....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)
Campus Compact and The Princeton Review teamed up to recognize colleges that foster social responsibility and make public service a priority, selecting 81 schools for inclusion in the new book Colleges With a Conscience. It is no surprise that Hampshire--with its motto of Non Satis Scire (to know is not enough)--is featured. In fact, Hampshire was one of the first liberal arts colleges in the country to require community service by all students. Several centers support this mission. The Community Partnerships for Social Change Program trains and places more than 300 students each year in service internships in community organizations, and Hampshire has several advocacy and policy institutes, including Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) and Population and Development (PopDev), which provide national and international opportunities for research, internships, and civic activism.
Institutions included in Peterson's Competitive Colleges routinely attract and admit an above-average share of the nation's high-achieving students. Hampshire is among 433 colleges featured, in recognition of its bright, talented students and, "bold, innovative approach to the liberal arts that creates an academic atmosphere to energize students to work hard and grow tremendously, both personally and intellectually."
Hampshire College is included in the Princeton Review's 2014 Guide to the Best 378 Colleges.
Hampshire and five partner institutions founded the Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning (CIEL) in 2001. This group of innovative institutions is committed to collaboration for the continual improvement and sharing of the best practices of student-centered learning.
Hampshire is a founding member of Project Pericles, a national organization of colleges and universities that make social responsibility and participatory citizenship an essential part of their educational programs.
The Association of American Colleges and Universities chose Hampshire as one of 16 national "leadership institutions." Hampshire was recognized for "visionary campus-wide innovations in undergraduate education," and as a model of best practices for its emphasis on critical thinking about complex problems, for effective communication, and for meaningful contributions to a diverse society.