Prospective Students

Welcome to Hampshire College and the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS). Below you will find a host of resources to get you connected with OARS and well on your way to preparing for your first semester at Hampshire. We look forward to working with you!


As a prospective student, you probably have many questions regarding accommodations. We encourage you to contact OARS so we can answer your questions and concerns about the registration process and corresponding documentation standards.

Your questions and concerns do not affect admissions to the College.

The most important step you can make as a person with a disability is to register for services. Contact OARS as soon as possible so we can coordinate required accommodations, programs, and support before you arrive on campus to begin classes. Your needs may be critical or time-sensitive, and we need time to put these in place.

You may not anticipate using these accommodations right away. Disability-related documentation is kept strictly confidential, and students can present documentation without requesting services or accommodations. Should an unanticipated need for services or accommodations arise, OARS can begin to assist the student without delay if their disability-related documentation is already on file. It is better to have them in place if and when you need them. 

The registration process begins by completing a self-report and submitting medical/diagnostic documentation of your disability onto Guardian, a secure and confidential service. This alerts OARS to contact you by email to set up an appointment to discuss your needs in detail.

Appointments can be in person, by phone, or on Zoom. You are welcome to a parent or guardian, guidance counselor, advocate, teacher, and/or staff member at this meeting. We want to ensure your smooth transition to Hampshire College.


  1. Student: Complete the online self-report
  2. Student: Upload medical/diagnostic documentation of disability to Guardian
  3. Student: Watch for email sent to your new Hampshire College address from The Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS) to set up an appointment to discuss your needs in detail
  4. OARS: Determination of accommodation eligibility. A representative from OARS will contact you to inform you of your status. Accommodations are made on a case by case basis and in keeping with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  5. OARS: Sending notification of eligibility to instructors, dining, housing, etc.
  6. OARS: Provision of accommodations
  7. OARS: Evaluation of accommodations

Schedule a meeting with us:

Planning to visit campus before you've made a decision to attend? Schedule a prospective student meeting to learn more about OARS and support services relevant to your future Hampshire experience.

  • Visit our "About Us" page to learn about our staff, location, and scheduling an appointment.
  • Review our registration process above. We do not formally review or approve accommodation request before a student has matriculated, but we can answer general questions about documentation requirements and available accommodations.
  • Find us on the campus map before coming to campus

Before Arriving to Hampshire: