Hampshire College

Hampshire College

Hampshire College, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, is a private liberal arts college that was established in 1970 in association with institutions such as Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Smith College. The campus of the college covers 800 acres.

Hampshire College offers degrees in international studies, multicultural theater, coastal and marine sciences and film studies. There are four centers under the college:

  • Central for Crossroads in the Study of the Americas
  • Center for East Asian Studies
  • Five College Center for the Study of World Languages
  • Five College Women's Studies Research Center

The Outdoors Programs/Recreational Athletics, also known as OPRA, offers extensive opportunities for students to participate in sports such as soccer, basketball, frisbee and volleyball.

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Contacting Hampshire

Hampshire College
893 West St
Amherst , MA 01002-5001
General Phone: (413) 549-4600

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Hampshire Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts101area and Cultural studies, English, liberal arts and humanities, anthropology, economics, political science, sociology, social studies, history ...
Photography and Commercial Art39film and photography
Science26biological and biomedical sciences, physical sciences
Fine Arts25fine arts studies
Therapy and Counseling16cognitive science, psychology
Drama and Performing Arts16dance, drama
Religion and Philosophy12philosophy and religious studies
Medicine11public health courses
Education and Teaching10education
Computer Science and Engineering8computer and info science
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental studies
Architecture and Planning3architectural services
Media2communication studies
Design2design and applied arts
Agricultural Science and Management0agriculture

Number of programs and degrees for Hampshire in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree28928

Hampshire Student Body

In 2007-2008, Hampshire had a total enrollment of 1,431 students (1,397 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 39%
Women 57%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 71%
Black 4%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 4%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 45%
20-21 40%
22-24 11%
25-29 2%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York13%
New Jersey6%
(International Students)4%
New Hampshire3%
Rhode Island3%
North Carolina2%

Hampshire Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 78 %

Hampshire Room and Board (2007)

Hampshire offers campus housing for 1,191 of its 1,397 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Amherst, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Hampshire Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal610700
SAT Math540660
SAT Writing590700
ACT Composite2629

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)recommended
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT78%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT26%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Hampshire Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 38,549
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 38,549
Room and board $ 10,080
Room charge $ 6,428
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,652
Books and supplies $ 500
Other expenses $ 600

Financial Aid:
Hampshire participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 466100)

Hampshire Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track5362

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year20$97,80917$100,228
Associate professoracademic year11$76,85515$69,837
Assistant professoracademic year14$56,71425$55,476
Instructoracademic year8$58,7275$46,591
All faculty totalacademic year53$76,70662$70,504

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Hampshire Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agriculture, General

Architecture And Planning
Architecture and Related Services, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Design and Applied Arts, Other

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies, Other
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Public Health, Other

Music, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Physical Sciences

Therapy And Counseling
Cognitive Science
Psychology, General

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