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Profile of Hampshire College

Hampshire is located in a town not far from a more urbanized area, in Amherst, MA. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degree levels at Hampshire top out at the Bachelor's degree.

Course Topics

One of the good things about the school is its wide range of programs leading to degrees. Students at Hampshire often study music, drama and performing arts, photography and commercial art, fine arts, liberal arts, and conservation and resource management.

Hampshire Selectivity

The admissions department at the school does not accept all those who apply. Most students' verbal SAT scores were in the range of 610 to 700 in 2007. A quarter of students admitted in 2007 scored 660 or higher on the math SAT.


Students at the school benefit from the low student/teacher ratio. By paying its faculty better than most schools, Hampshire tries to attract and retain a high quality teaching staff.

Student Enrolment

The school offers classes to 1, 431 students (1, 431 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Hampshire has a residential or campus feel. Many students live in housing on or near campus. Hampshire does offer meal plans to students.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Education at Hampshire College prepares students to understand and participate responsibly in a complex world. Through its actions and policies, the college sets an example of the responsible and creative behavior it expects of its students. As a liberal arts college, Hampshire helps students develop confidence in their intellect, creativity, and values. It encourages their desire to be lifelong learners and their capacity to advance the cause of social justice and the well being of others. The college fosters these attitudes through: a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural curriculum; self-initiated, individual programs of study negotiated with faculty mentors; students active participation in original research; and the diverse communities, on campus and off, in which learning takes place. Within the colleges residential community students encounter and learn to respect difference and appreciate diversity, thereby enhancing their capacity to live together well. Through commitment to testing and evaluating new ideas and new approaches to learning, national efforts to promote inquiry-based learning and teaching, and constructive civic and social engagement, Hampshire's actions serve as models for those of its students. "

Hampshire Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts142English, area and Cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, history, political science, economics, liberal arts and humanities, . . .
Science26biological and biomedical sciences, physical sciences
Photography and Commercial Art23film and photography
Fine Arts21fine arts studies
Therapy and Counselling20psychology, cognitive science
Drama and Performing Arts19drama, dance
Religion and Philosophy13philosophy and religious studies
Education and Teaching10Education
Conservation and Resource Management7environmental studies
Architecture and Planning6architectural services
Design4design and applied arts
Media4communication studies
Medicine4public health courses
Computer Science and Engineering2computer and info science
Agricultural Science and Management1agriculture

Contact: Hampshire

Hampshire College

893 West St

Amherst, MA 01002-5001

General Phone: (413) 549-4600


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