Private 4 Year

Hampshire College

Amherst, Massachusetts

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Hampshire College overview
Location Amherst, Massachusetts
Online hampshire.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Rural Fringe
Hampshire College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Hampshire College, founded in 1970 as an experiment in alternative higher education, is a private liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts. Set in the rural landscape of the Pioneer Valley, the campus boasts a modern architectural style with emphasis on sustainability, and is roughly 15 miles from the vibrant college city of Northampton. Known for its progressive pedagogy, Hampshire emphasizes portfolio evaluations over grades, and students craft personalized academic paths with a culminating independent project. The college has a holistic and highly selective admissions process, focusing on a candidate's entire application rather than standardized test scores alone. Residence halls provide on-campus housing options, fostering a close-knit living community. While Hampshire College is not specifically recognized for its athletic programs, it is known for its strong programs in film, photography, and liberal arts.

In the most recent statistical year 1,340 prospective students applied, and 1,007 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 133 enrolled in the school.  472 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 0 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $51,000 plus fees of $1,738.












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Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Hampshire College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$850
Other Fees$1,738
Room and Board $14,432
Budget for Other Expenses$1,050
Total One Year Cost$69,070

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$37,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

61% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Hampshire College students
Subject Percent of Class
Visual and Performing Arts 26%
Social Sciences 14%
English and Literature 13%
General Studies 7%
Ethnic Studies 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=166018 IPEDS survey data for Hampshire College.

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