Hampshire College

376 reviews
  1. Amherst, MA
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    D-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
Hampshire College is ...
Public
Athletic Division
Other
Athletic Conference
Data not available
Address
893 West St
Amherst, MA 01002
From Hampshire College

Hampshire College approaches learning differently. You'll design your own personalized major in collaboration with a faculty committee and engage in small, project-based courses. There are no grades; instead, you'll be deeply evaluated through narrative assessment. As a member of the Five College Consortium in Amherst, Massachusetts, you have access to over 6,000 courses a year, 9 million volumes across 18 libraries, and hundreds of clubs and activities. Highly interdisciplinary, experiential, and student-centered, a Hampshire education is unlike any other.

Hampshire College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
67%
SAT Range
Data not available
ACT Range
Data not available
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$36,197/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $25,684/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,476/ year
  • $49-75k
    $27,864/ year
  • $76-110k
    $31,158/ year
  • $110k+
    $40,110/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.23 responses
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.25 responses
48%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.25 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,376Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Self-Directed
    50%
  • Passionate
    21%
  • Self-celebrating
    14%
  • Overwhelmed
    7%
  • Sick
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.17 responses
Poll
84%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.31 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • To know is not enough.
    69%
  • Application over testing
    8%
  • Dedication.
    8%
  • Truly unique
    8%
  • Weird
    8%

After Hampshire College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$30,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
75%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
50%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses

Reviews

376 reviews
  • Excellent
    86
  • Very Good
    115
  • Average
    134
  • Poor
    25
  • Terrible
    16
Living between two college towns - Amherst and Northampton - is AMAZING! There are endless food options. I can get pizza by the slice, Greek food, sushi, burritos, diner food, Moroccan, frozen yogurt -- whatever I want. Hampshire doesn't have an off-campus meal plan set up or anything, but a lot of the restaurants in the area know they're catering to college students so their prices are very reasonable. Since the buses take you straight into downtown Amherst and Northampton, it's super easy to access food. Also, loads of places deliver to campus, and if they don't deliver themselves, students can use Delivery Express to have it brought right to their door.

I suggest going to The Black Sheep Cafe, Oriental Flavor, and the Route 9 Diner in Amherst and Pinocchio's Pizza, Bueno y Sano, and Rao's Coffee in Northampton.
  • College Sophomore
  • Mar 20 2014
I love Hampshire. I actually wish I could attend over and over and over again because there are so many things I'm interested in and not enough time to do them all! I love being on the soccer, basketball, and Ultimate frisbee team. I also love the entire OPRA staff and program.

The professors here are so accessible to students. They're always there to help and meet with you, and they're open to altering assignments based on your ideas, suggestions, and visions. For a final paper in one my literature classes my professor let me write a short story in place of the research essay because I wanted to explore different character voices. It was such a great learning experience. In general, actually, I've never done so much writing and it is making me not only a better writer, but a better learner; I'm discovering how to make things clearer to audiences, what questions are intriguing to ask, and how to do in-depth readings of texts.

Getting narrative evaluations over grades is so much more helpful. I'm able to see point by point what I need to work on and possible ways to improve myself, as well as looking at what I do well. There's no competition amongst peers because we're not gauging one another based on numbers, but there is a great internal competition against yourself to work harder and harder on what you're passionate about.

The 5 College Consortium is a wonderful resource. Not only are there over 5,000 classes to choose from, but you get to experience different campus cultures and meet SO many different students.
  • College Sophomore
  • Mar 20 2014
Living on campus is great because there's always something happening. I lived in Dakin (one of the dorms) last year and I got the best of both worlds. I lived in a single (which is common because 80% of the rooms on campus are singles), so when I wanted to get work done all I had to do was close my door; when I wanted to hang out with my friends or meet new people who were walking up and down the halls, I kept my door open and called out to them.

Now I live in Prescott (one of three on-campus apartment communities) and I love having a full kitchen and living room. It's also great to have all my friends living in the same space (we all went into the housing lottery together) because it's super easy to meet up with everyone and when any of us invite other friends over, we have a big common space to hang out. There's also the Prescott Tavern which is just twenty feet away. They host open mics, movie screenings, screen printing on t-shirts. Each of the communities (Dakin, Merrill, Prescott, Enfield, and Greenwich) has tons of events like this, which is great because you get to meet your neighbors as well as people that live on different parts of campus (because everyone's invited, obviously)!
  • College Sophomore
  • Mar 20 2014