Hampshire is a place where students are genuinely excited to learn, because they’ve had to take charge of their own education.
Average 1st Year Class Size:
Rural campus, but part of the Five College Consortium
20 is the average class size (13:1 student to faculty ratio)
Hampshire College is a small, co-educational liberal arts college located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Founded in 1970 to promote progressive, student-led education, Hampshire’s unique program allows students to build personalized curriculums in collaboration with hand-picked faculty advisory committees. Each student’s Hampshire education culminates in a year-long independent project mirroring a master’s thesis. These projects take many forms, including research theses, exhibits, experiments, performances, prototypes, installations, novels, films, animations, software, and beyond. To build self-aware learners, Hampshire professors evaluate students through detailed narrative feedback at the end of each course and on every assignment.
Hampshire is a founding member of the Five College Consortium, which also includes UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Smith College, and Mount Holyoke College. Hampshire students have access to the nearly 6,000 courses and 900+ student organizations offered by the Consortium’s members. The Five Colleges are also connected by a free bus system.
Students have access to Hampshire study-abroad programs in 11 different countries on four continents; they can also participate in ISEP foreign exchange programs at one of ISEP’s 180+ partner institutions around the world.
We do not have a specific IB entry requirement. Every Hampshire application is reviewed holistically, taking into account all aspects of the applicant’s experiences and educational context.
Internships within degree
Study Abroad available
USD $50,030 per year (applies to all students, domestic or international)
Yes—Hampshire offers both need-based aid and merit scholarships. For U.S. citizens/Permanent Residents, the average financial aid package is $44,452; for international students, the average financial aid package is $32,084. The maximum financial aid package available to international students is $37,500 per year.
World Rankings = QS World Subject Rankings 2020
Country Rankings = Niche Best by Major Ranking
Please note that rankings do not exist for all subjects