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Transforming Education

Students at Hampshire College

By one estimate, 65% of today’s students will be in jobs that haven’t been invented yet.

Think about that for a moment. We’re living through a time of great change, with revolutions in technology, global politics, modes of human interaction, knowledge creation, the nature of culture, and the environment.

Our message is simple: To know is not enough. Our approach to education is different: Focus on meeting the challenges ahead. Be experience-based. Be learner-centered. Be inquiry-driven.

At Hampshire, our students recruit a faculty committee to guide them, challenge them, and negotiate a rigorous path of discovery. They explore an academic path they’ve created, answering questions and pursuing new knowledge.

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

We demand more of our students, and it’s hard. It’s supposed to be. By forcing them to dig deep and learn across boundaries, we send young people into the world who are unrattled by uncertainty. This makes them exceedingly comfortable with change. They are fearless and interesting. When they hit a blind alley, they’re remarkably good at finding a way forward.

Learning extends beyond the classroom into all we do and why we do it:

These are just a few examples of how we help develop intellectual curiosity and ethical courage in our students—confidence to turn ideas into action and to make meaningful change in the world. 

This is how we learn without boundaries.

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