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Precollege Housing and Logistics

The Curriculum

All pre-college summer programs are designed to provide participants with an educational experience. None of the pre-college programs are for credit. The curriculum is intended for high school juniors and seniors. Students should be focused, energized, and ready for the fun of intensive creative work and the discipline such work deserves. Students will be expected to spend day and nighttime hours engaged in projects and events related to assigned projects. Students will work in groups and by themselves.

Programs will meet Monday - Friday from approximately 9 a.m.-12 p.m. with a break for lunch. Class will then resume after lunch until approximately 4 p.m.. Programs will also organize activities, guest speakers, and trips after class ends for the day. We encourage students to contact their program associate or instructor with any questions regarding the program curriculum and/or schedule.

The information on this page applies to our 2018 pre-college programs. We will continue to update this page and encourage you to check back for updates or contact summer@hampshire.edu with any questions.

2018 Important Deadlines

April 13: Priority Deadline for all completed and submitted applications to receive a 10% tuition discount

May 4: Deposit Deadline ($400 deposit must be received in order to secure your spot in the program)

May 18: Application Deadline (all application materials must be submitted)

June 1: Payment Deadline (all payments must be submitted)

2018 Payment and Fees

Tuition: $2,000
Program Fee: $50
Housing: $450
Meals: $420

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.

Program Fee

The program fee is required of all summer program students. This covers the cost of transportation throughout the program, pool use, cross-programming events, and other program activities.


Participants are strongly encouraged to enroll in our meal plan, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day for the duration of the program. Participants should indicate that they would like to enroll in the meal plan when completing their applications.


Pre-college participants live in dorm rooms on campus. When programs are in session, the dorms have a live-in, summer residential life staff member who is available to answer questions, give advice, and help with any needs that might arise. The summer residence life staff have special office hours during the week.

In addition to the summer residential life staff member, all pre-college programs have program coordinators also living in the dorms on specific hallways. The residential life staff member and the summer program coordinators are be available to support residents, reinforce community norms, and plan activities to enrich residence life.

We strongly recommend that students live on campus to participate fully in the immersive nature of the curriculum as well as the bonds and friendships that emerge from living and working together.


At Hampshire we value student's gender identity and do our best to place students in an environment where they will feel comfortable and respected. In an effort to treat program participants with respect to their gender identity, we cannot guarantee that hallways will be single-gender hallways.


Each side of a dorm hallway has its own bathroom. The bathrooms are single-gender. They each have a utility sink, two regular sinks, one or two large mirrors, two toilets, and two showers. All the toilets and showers have locking stall doors. The showers have changing areas within the stall that are curtained off from the shower itself.


During opening day and student orientation, students will receive card keys that will unlock the dorm buildings. The same cards will also be used in the dining commons and library.


Laundry is free at Hampshire! Dorm building basements have 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 are healthy snacks vending machines 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 on your post application questions.

What to Bring

Here some suggested items 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)
  • Fan
  • Refillable water bottle
  • 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! Although 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 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. If you have any questions about mental health and/or counseling services, please contact us at summer@hampshire.edu.

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Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002