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What We Did This Summer: Students Showcase Their Work in Immersive Summer Programs


Summer Programs Offer Intensive Experiences Across Disciplines

Summer Academic Programs

To know is not enough. No approach to education is better geared to meet the challenges ahead than the Hampshire model: experience-based, learner-centered, inquiry-driven. Hampshire is extreme sports for the mind.

Each June and July Hampshire College offers a variety of summer academic programs designed to reflect our academic philosophy by linking critical engagement to experience-based education. Our programs support diverse learning communities: undergraduates, precollege students, graduate students, professionals, practitioners, and life-long learners. Immersive, rigorous, challenging, and fun, these programs delve deeply into their given topic or subject matter.

Summer 2018 offerings will be made available this fall.

2017 College Programs

This year our College Summer Programs ran June 1-July 1, 2017 (see specific program pages for exact dates). These programs are intended for current undergraduate college students, graduate students, post-B.A.s, professionals, and high school seniors who will have graduated by spring 2017.

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2017 Precollege Programs

Precollege Summer Programs ran July 17-28, 2017, with the exception of Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics. Precollege programs are for high school students entering their junior or senior year of high school. 

  • Young Feminist Collaborative is a collaboration between the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program (CLPP) based at Hampshire College and the Soapbox Feminist Camp. It mixes historical and political contexts of activism with exposure to real world careers in social justice and the non-profit sector.
  • Meet the World of Metalworking introduces students to the world of metalworking with an emphasis on hot forging, casting, manipulation, and jewelry-making. Students learn from historical and contemporary examples of this ancient art, and create new works.
  • Inside the Cell: Immersion into the Biology Laboratory introduces students to a wide array of skills beneficial to becoming a successful scientist and/or researcher.
  • Citizens United explores fundamental questions about how free speech and civic participation work according to current campaign finance laws. Using improvisation and role-play, together we'll ask: Can we imagine money in politics differently?
  • Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics, now in its 44th year, is an intensive six-week encounter with college-level mathematics for talented and highly motivated high school students.

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Hampshire is a top producer of Fulbright Scholars

2016-17 Fulbright top producer badge


The U.S. State Department and the Chronicle of Higher Education have named Hampshire College a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for 2016-17. Hampshire is one of 11 bachelor’s institutions to receive the designation this year.



"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)

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.

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