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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing varies pretty significantly. Most places are somewhat far from campus though.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Campus police doesn't care about much. Most things in the way of drugs and drinking go here. It's hard to get in trouble with campo. It's not so hard to get in trouble in classes.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: When it's good, it's really good. When it's bad, it's really bad and there is literally nothing going on.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Scholarships were acceptable given my knowledge of Hampshire's financial standing, but I will still be in debt by my fourth year here.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Campus food is not so hot overall. However, once you become familiar with all your options, it can be worked with.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is decent. The dorms are fun and community-oriented, but the on-campus apartments can be isolating. Most people have singles though, which is nice.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's pretty good, but I live off campus now and I do prefer it. But it's different for everyone. The community aspect of most people living on campus is great.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Oh my god I could (and do, that's why I work for admissions) go on for hours. I could never imagine going anywhere else. Hampshire's custom curricula, the great working/personal relationships with professors that you develop, the interesting and relevant academic work, are all just a few reasons why I love it.

Our Cognitive Science and Natural Science programs are some of the most unique and best programs for undergraduates anywhere. You do original (often publishable) research right out of the gate (potentially your first semester) at Hampshire. Your advisors/professors are your allies, and you get to know them really well and get really involved in their research.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you aren't one for the traditional frat party, you'll like Hampshire parties. Mario Kart/Smash Bros. parties on the sub-free halls are great too.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I've had two jobs on campus, as a Lab Assistant for the school of Natural Science and as an Admissions Intern. Both are fun and challenging but fairly relaxed and comfortable, with decent pay! ($9/hr)

I have also been a TA, and that was really unique and rewarding.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Uhhhhh that's really binarist. ("Guys and girls")

The dating scene is really queer/LGBTQIAP+/MOGAI and polyamorous friendly (honestly I'm friends with about 90% non-cisgender/straight/monogamous people.)

Like, for example... I'm genderqueer, use xe/xyr/xem pronouns, identify as pansexual and polyamorous.

I have 5 hampshire partners and most/all of them are varying forms of trans/genderqueer.

There are a wide variety of types of students as well... most of my friends/partners have aesthetic trends such as: punk, steampunk, hipster(?), hippie, farmer chic, really classy/high fashion, lo femme, theatre(???), traditional academic (???), goth, geeky, etc. But I hang out with a certain subset of people. There are a lot of more traditional and cis/straight students on campus as well. But if you're used to being the weird one, you'll fit fight in at Hampshire.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: In general, the structure of the school and the administration are very flexible. If you want to do something, you can pretty much always find a way to make it happen. Don't be afraid to customize your academic program and make changes in the structure of the school! If someone tells you it can't be done, just ask someone else until you find someone willing to support you.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's on and off. I think in general our campus is very safe and trusting, but sometimes the smallness of campus makes it easier for problems to get bad quickly. But if you reach out for support from fellow students and good parts of the administration, you can find the support you need.

But! - The Wellness center is incredible. Everyone can use the bathtubs (Warm bubble baths are a great remedy for homesickness and stress!), the light boxes, free safer sex supplies, free tea, coffee, and snacks, etc! <3 the Wellness Center!

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4 College Senior

Academics: Challenging..100% reading and writing based. No tests or grades.

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5 College Senior

Party Scene: Real music...woods parties and unbelievable. Also parties on Potwine (street perpendicular to campus) are generally good.

5 College Senior

Campus Food: Hampshire's food as undergone a complete transformation. Saga has aimed to source 100% of its food locally (with the exception of tropical fruit and coffee). The majority of this foods comes from our on-campus organic farm, where students study, work, and eat.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is not perfect, but the options are MILES better than other small liberal arts colleges. Having the option to live in on-campus apartments with full kitchens after your first year is a huge benefit. Great to gain experience with cooking/living with others early! The buildings themselves are mixed (Greenwich and Merrill are showing their age. Dakin, Enfield, and Prescott have all been recently renovated).

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: There have certainly been a number of known sexual assaults on Hampshire's campus during my time here. I have heard mixed options on how the college handles these claims. Hampshire's higher-than-expected per capita number of sexual assaults on campus is due to 1. have such a small population of students (less than 1300) and 2. survivors of sexual assault are given the resources and support to make claims instead of suppressing their trauma.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Academics are rigorous. VERY reading and writing intensive, but there is support to get new students up to speed and prepared.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I could be great, or even excellent, I will know in the end.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Education is great here, its what you make of it.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone is gay and white.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: If you didnt meet in orientation week and form you're click, then you're kind of out of luck.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Hampshire is great when it comes to education. It really is what you make it. It can be fantastic or really bad, it just depends on the person and their work ethic.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Saga has good quality food, I just wish there was more variety and the food was more seasoned.

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It’s true, Hampshire students have no shortage of complaints about the place, but the harshest critics are also likely to be the most vocal advocates of the College. There are few, if any, places quite like Hampshire, and the love-hate relationship many have with the College is based on the passion with which they view alternative, experimental education. Criticize they may, but most students would be quick to defend the College if someone dismissed it. Hampshire students don’t have a reputation as talkers for no reason.

This is a place where you get your hands dirty, whether that is out on the farm testing sustainable farming practices, out in the field researching or developing new technology, or embroiled in a campus debate over the College’s policies. To mirror the idealism that runs through this campus, Hampshire is place where people learn to make a difference in their immediate surroundings and the broader world. This is not a place for everyone, but it is home to serious academics turned off by the ivory tower’s strict disciplinary boundaries. Students are dedicated community organizers merging intellectual investigation and practical activism, the innovative and experimenting artists craving a safe haven for their expression, the brilliant slackers from high school who thrive in unconventional environments, and the self-described geeks looking to create the next big video game. Hampshire draws a weird, quirky bunch, and the result is never boring. Hampshire students may come to the College with a variety of different expectations, but they will definitely leave with experiences unlike any other.

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