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Reviews 373 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The demographics of the school were generally upper income East Coast students who had attended private or alternative high schools. My experience was that my peers were generally very poorly prepared for a rigorous college educational experience. They did not know the basics of math, history, humanities-- hence, the long lag in graduation times. I am now a teacher, and this group would have been more qualified for remedial adult education, such as GED instruction. I also worked in health care, and observed many of the same behaviors here that I saw in inpatient psychiatric units. Classes were not rigorous, compared to others I attended at the local universities with which Hampshire has co-op arrangements; in fact, my high school AP classes were far more demanding than Hampshire's. Sadly, most faculty did not raise the bar for these underprepared students, and the classes generally devolved into the same, tired screeds about race, gender, sexuality, etc--even if the class content had nothing to do with it. This was so often the case that it became pointless to attend class, as the class was not really run by the professor, but by the students, who had nothing new to say, but certainly demanded to say it again anyway

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Overall Experience: Drug use, sales, and abuse was rampant; the school had the reputation for being the drug capital of the East Coast- a notoriety that was extraordinary considering its >1000 student size and hefty price tag. Abortions were as common as eggs for breakfast, as were treated or untreated mental illnesses. Students came to class without literally any clothes and no one said boo--just sat there with in class, sitting on overstuffed chair with their stuff hanging (and smelling). Most students I knew were engaged in some form of dark art--witchcraft, seances, wicca, black/white magic, past life regression, talking with deceased spirits.

I can think of only student of I knew who could even begin to construct a coherent worldview, have a decent discussion, or form a healthy relationship. (She was a very nice girl from the Queens borough of NYC; blue collar, worked her way through school, hard working. No angst, just a nice hardworking student who was a true friend)

I would encourage anyone considering attending Hampshire to factor in not only the 45,000/year tuition, but about 12,000 /year in psychiatric services + a 1,000/year in meds you may need to spend for many years thereafter. There is no way to estimate the cost to your life of the damage this school will cause. I say this with all sincerity and hope that you will consider this as a real warning. I attended Hampshire because I had never visited it; I was told that I was accepted over the phone and attended sight unseen. Had I known these truths about Hampshire and had others looked into it with me, I would never, ever have attended here. I say this with an awareness of others' reviews here; as a whole, they sound much like what I would have written when I attended. In other words, not so bad. But the damage that was being done to many students took years to be revealed. Like termites, or exposure to radiation the damage was done and continuing, but would not be manifested until years later.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: there was no greek life. The closest thing would be victims' and dark arts groups: free Palestine, the Wommyn's Center (spelled that way to avoid writing the word 'men'); seance groups; white and black witchcraft; wiccans

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1 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: there were no organized athletics, only an ultimate frisbee team run by the school's top drug dealer (no joke).

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1 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Classes were not rigorous, compared to others I attended at the local universities with which Hampshire has co-op arrangements; in fact, my high school AP classes were far more demanding than Hampshire's. Sadly, most faculty did not raise the bar for these underprepared students, and the classes generally devolved into the same, tired screeds about race, gender, sexuality, etc--even if the class content had nothing to do with it. This was so often the case that it became pointless to attend class, as the class was not really run by the professor, but by the students, who had nothing new to say, but certainly demanded to say it again anyway. As compared with the campuses I visited and attended classes at nearby, Hampshire was the most intolerant , elitist, hostile, and socially toxic

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Heath Services is so FAR AWAY

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Class sizes are small, allowing for easy access to professors and great class discussion.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors have a plethora of connections. As well, CORC offers guidance and resources for planning for the future. Hampshire graduates tend to have an entreaupreneural spirit.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's great to be able to wake up 10 minutes before class. However, the lottery system is physically painful.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We have a variety of athletic clubs that seem to be very welcoming.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The one thing that is really great about living at Hampshire is that most students live in a single their first year of college. Hampshire also has on-campus housing, called mods, that are cute and cheaper to live in since you don't have to pay for a meal plan.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: No one at Hampshire really cares about sports. The only sports teams we have are cross country and ultimate frisbee. Since there is not an emphasis on sports at Hampshire, our sports facilities are pretty outdated.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have campus police 24/7 so it's nice to know they are near all times. I have seen them in a few social events in order to try to connect to students so that is very nice. They're friendly and approachable.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Courses are great, however, since some of them are unique, it is a bit tricky to find the right ones, however the 5 college thing helps. Professors tend to be very helpful and supportive. A lot of classes tend to be discussion based, so PLEASE speak in class.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I mean we have a career center, but I haven't seen or heard much of famous alumni other than one of two. Depending on what you study, you should be able to find a job depending on what your diiiv is about.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I mean, if you live in the dorms, you're likely to live in a single, so that's nice. Other than that, you have a lounge with tv, fridge, and i microwave. if you're in merill you'll get a stove top.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: As a liberal arts school, it makes sense we dont have greek life.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: For those who like being in athletics, they will be mostly for recreational and on the down low, but sports aren't the big here.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Hampshire College is a great school if you're honestly good at doing interdisciplinary work, that's how you'll best take advantage of the school. I love the clubs that form, depending on which ones you go to, you'll find friends. Financially, this school is a bit hard to afford, definitely recomend getting a job or scholarships! Beautiful setting, and great people.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The mods are more palatable than the dorms. That being said, they have begun to fall into disrepair, and especially in the case of Greenwich, need significant work.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: There are few teams at Hampshire. The gym facilities are okay, but are shared with the community at large as part of a multisport complex.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Hampshire has a very strong social justice culture. Most of the time, this is very positive. Sometimes it is less so.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: great student body, with teachers who actually care.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Everything has been great so far in terms of safety.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The courses available and that I attended were great. I was able to adjust to specific classroom settings. The professors I had were all very helpful but could be more approachable.

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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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