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Experimenting at Hampshire Summer Academic Programs

Summer academic programs provide students with a distillation of Hampshire’s rigorous, hands-on educational approach in weeks-long immersive experiences.

Experimenting at Hampshire Summer Academic Programs

Hampshire College is located in the Pioneer Valley, an area known for its natural beauty, progressive thought, and vibrant arts scene.

In addition, the town of Amherst and the city of Northampton are bustling with excellent restaurants, cafés, pubs, and coffee shops. Hampshire is also only two hours from Boston, and three from New York City.

Create your summer@hampshire now

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, pre-college students, graduate students, professionals, practitioners, and life-long learners.

For Undergraduates

For undergraduate students. Also open to high school seniors who will have graduated by spring 2015.

For Makers / Practitioners

For practitioners looking to expand in their area of interest.

» Creative Media Institute

» Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute

» Institute for Curatorial Practice

» Institute for Transforming Social Justice

» TESOL Teacher Training Course

» Creative Media Institute Screening Seminars

» Institute for Transforming Social Justice Activist Program

» Museum Professional Week in Curatorial Practice

For High School Students

For K-6 Students

» Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics (HCSSiM)

» Creative Media Institute (CMI)-Viewfinders

» Arts and Activism


Farm and Garden Camp



#1 College Town

Yes, we love it here, but don't just take our word for it. Amherst was recently voted as one of the "best college towns" by two independent surveys.

"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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Amherst, MA 01002