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Graduate students, post-B.A.s, and professionals

June 2017

Hampshire College offers a variety of summer academic programs designed to reflect our academic philosophy of linking critical engagement to experience-based education. The 2017 summer programs will run from June 5-30, 2017, with the exception of the Institute for Curatorial Practice, which will run from June 1-July 1, 2017. While these programs are open to undergraduate college students, we also welcome graduate students, post-B.A.s, professionals, and other community members. We invite you to experience Hampshire's innovative, cross-discipline, immersive, and self-directed approach to various topics of study during the month of June in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Summer 2017 Programs open to graduate students, post-B.A.s, and professionals

Below is some helpful information to get you started as you plan for our 2017 summer programs. This includes information on traveling to Hampshire, where you will be staying, and what you will need to bring. Please be sure to check back, as this page will continue to be updated. Feel free to contact us at any time with additional questions at

Arrival and Departure

With the exception of the Institute for Curatorial Practice (ICP), summer program participants should plan to be on campus and settled into housing by 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. ICP participants must arrive to campus before noon on Thursday, June 1. All program participants will receive more information about move-in and arrival procedures closer to the start of the program. Program staff will meet students on campus for check-in and to deliver housing assignments, campus IDs, and keys.

All program participants should plan to depart campus on Saturday, July 1 (the day after all programs end).


The closest airport to fly into is Bradley Airport in Hartford, CT. It's roughly 35 minutes from Amherst. There are three Amtrak train stations close by in Amherst, Northampton, and Springfield, MA. If you are arriving by plane or train on check-in day, Hampshire will arrange to pick you up from Bradley Airport or one of the three train stations (listed above) during the designated pick-up times.


Daily meals are served in Hampshire's dining commons on campus. Current campus dining options. Gluten-free options exist. Participants can also make their own meals in their apartment-style housing.


Each student will be housed in a single room. You will be housed with other students in your program in our apartment-style housing on campus. Each apartment has a communal kitchen. While some kitchen basics (cutlery, cups, plates) will be provided, students should be prepared to purchase any kitchen items that may be desired during their stay.


Laundry is free at Hampshire! Each housing area has multiple washers and dryers.


While most students bring cell phones with them, each room does have a landline hook-up, and students are welcome to bring a landline phone. Outgoing long distance calls require a calling card, though room phones can receive them. Each hall also has a landline phone that can be used for on-campus and local phone calls only.

Vending Machines

There is a healthy snacks vending machine located in the lobby of each dorm building.


Parking is free for summer program participants! You will need to get a parking voucher card from staff when you check in. Please be sure to indicate if you plan to bring a vehicle to campus in the post application questions.

What to Bring

Each room is pre-furnished with one bed frame and mattress; a desk and chair; an open closet rod to hang clothes; and a dresser for each resident. Storage space in your room is limited. You should plan to bring:

  • Linens for an 80-inch mattress; pillow, towels, blanket, mattress pad
  • Clothes hangers
  • Light, breathable clothing (We'll be in air-conditioned theaters often, but it can get very hot and humid in the summer in the Pioneer Valley.)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Fan
  • Toiletries
  • Alarm clock
  • Laundry basket or bag
  • Laundry detergent (Hampshire uses Maytag high-efficiency washers. Seventh Generation, Ecover, and Biokleen are good brand names). Use of laundry machines on campus is free.
  • A bike! Though not required, a bike is great to have on campus during the summers.

Amenities and Services

There are limited campus services available over the summer. The campus gym, pool, and library will be open to summer participants during specific hours of the day. There is a campus convenience store for snacks and basic essentials.

All health services will be provided by our local urgent care clinic, AEIOU. Emergency services will be provided by Cooley-Dickinson Hospital. There are no mental health services provided during the summer. Please contact us at if you have any questions regarding mental health and/or counseling services.

What is the refund policy for summer academic programs?

The full tuition balance is due by May 15, 2017. There are no tuition refunds available on or after June 1, 2017. If a student should withdraw from a summer academic program at Hampshire College for any reason, the program fee will be refunded according to the schedule:

  • Withdrawal before May 15: 100% of the fee paid beyond the $400 non-refundable deposit.
  • Withdrawal between May 16-May 31: 50% of the fee paid beyond the $400 non-refundable deposit.
  • Withdrawal on or after June 1: no refund.

The student's date of withdrawal is determined by the postmark on the written notification of withdrawal from the program.

Program Changes or Cancellation

While it is not our practice to do so, Hampshire College reserves the right to cancel or change the terms of a program at any time and for any reason, with or without notice. If Hampshire College cancels a program prior to start date, students are eligible to receive a total refund of their payment, but the College will have no further liability to students.

If an emergency requires that a program be canceled after the program start date, Hampshire College will make reasonable efforts to make alternative arrangements to allow students to complete their academic work, but cannot guarantee that full or partial credit will be obtained. Hampshire College will collect documentation of student work and share these documents with the students’ home institutions, so they will be able to evaluate the level of credit awarded for work completed.

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