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Hampshire College

Check whether Hampshire College is right for you as an international student.


Uni facts

Amherst, USA
  • Type
    Private
  • Rank
    3430
  • International students
    30
  • Nationalities
    10
  • Total programs
    50
  • Acceptance rate
    75%

Study abroad at Hampshire College

Hampshire College is a small, tight-knit liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts that has been at the forefront of progressive higher education in the US for over 50 years. The College prides itself on its unconventional approach that makes Hampshire different from any other college in the world.

Every Hampshire student designs a customized program of study in close collaboration with faculty advisors. In your final year, you’ll complete a comprehensive senior project that could be anything from a performance or research study, to a business start-up.

There are no majors at Hampshire, and every student picks a ‘Concentration’ comprising a minimum of two and a maximum of three Areas of Study. There are 50 areas you can choose from covering a wide range of subjects like art, chemistry, dance, history, mathematics, and psychology.

Classes are small and discussion-focused, and you’ll get plenty of opportunities to gain hands-on experience through internships, independent studies, and field research semesters. The campus has everything you’ll need, with first-class facilities, cafes, and study areas.

Why study at Hampshire College?

  • Customized program

    Every student builds a customized, interdisciplinary program of study

  • Five College Consortium

    Every student has access to the Five College Consortium, with nearly 7,000 classes and 1,000 student groups to choose from

  • Graduate success

    Nearly two-thirds of Hampshire alumni receive advanced degrees after graduating from Hampshire

  • Green credentials

    Hampshire features a sustainable campus farm and solar panels that are able to meet 100% of campus electricity needs

Life as an international student

Hampshire’s campus is truly cosmopolitan - international students come from many different countries across five different continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.

Through the International Student Services Office, you’ll have access to all the guidance you could need, including visa and immigration assistance, support for finding internships, and help settling into life at Hampshire.

Hampshire also offers a variety of student groups and celebrations for international students including Holi, Eid, Chunjie, and many more. The College boasts more than 70 student groups as well as intramural sports and an outdoor recreation program.

As a Hampshire international student, you’ll enjoy the diversity of Amherst - a community with more than 30,000 undergraduate students from all over the world who make up the Five College Consortium. Hampshire students can also join the student groups and clubs at the other Consortium colleges.

Student reviews for Hampshire College

Overall rating
4.1 stars
Based on 4 reviews
Overall experience
4 stars
Accommodation
4 stars
Academic
3.75 stars
University facilities
4.25 stars
University social
4.5 stars
  • Paula Martínez Bernal
    Spain
    Overall experience 3 stars
    Academic
    3 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    Hampshire College Art History
    Tell us about Hampshire College
    Hampshire College is a small communtiy where you feel part of a family. This is my first time living on campus, and the accommodations are good for me. The social life is very good, since for the first time I am able to see my friends from college every day.
  • Phuntsok Palden
    India
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    Hampshire College Philosophy
    Tell us about Hampshire College
    Good college, room accommodation is very nice, transport link between intra college is very convenient.
  • Aryan Raval
    India
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    Hampshire College Computer Science
    Tell us about Hampshire College
    I like the community at Hampshire College (people here are nice). The best part of Hampshire College is Five College Consortium. We can take courses at any 5 colleges. These provide access to great academic classes and their resources. Hampshire College doesn't restrict students from following their dream. They let you take any courses of your interest. It's a unique way of studying and I like it.
  • Yahui Liu
    China
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Hampshire College Architecture
    Tell us about Hampshire College
    We have some necessary facilities. It has museums, gyms, sports courts, studios, a cafe shop, a small store and so on. Almost every student lives in a single room and we have a common bathroom on every floor. We have heaters in every room but not every dorm has an air conditioner. The tap water and shower water are free. We are a small college so there are fewer students here and we know each other well. Students here are very cool but cute. The faculties are really friendly and care about me a lot. We are like families and I like to talk with people here. We have a variety of activities which are very funny and creative. They have Hampshire style! And we have many OPRA activities which I really like and engage in. I took part in many outdoor programs and had many special experiences here.Besides, the college supports many good opportunities and help to international students. I like my international students friends!

What Hampshire College says

  • Dalton Lewis

    Dalton Lewis

    Hampshire College Associate Director of Admissions and Coordinator of International Recruitment
    Dalton Lewis says

    Hampshire is a small, tightly-knit community, so it's easy for international students to feel at home as soon as they arrive on campus. At Hampshire, you're not just a number! At the same time, our international students are part of the much larger Five College Consortium community—which connects them to thousands of other international students.

    Hampshire students have access to the nearly 7,000 classes and 1,000 student organizations offered by the Consortium Colleges, so there are endless opportunities to make new friends and enjoy new experiences!

    Hampshire offers something that's hard to find in the US, let alone the rest of the world: an education that requires students to build their own customized, interdisciplinary programs of study.

    Our students want to make their own education, rather than just take it! Throughout the process of building their curriculum, students are supported by hand-picked faculty advisors have access to the vast resources of the Five College Consortium.

    Our support for international students begins with International Student Orientation, in which students learn about adjusting to life in the US, navigating campus resources, and getting settled in their dormitories.

    International students at Hampshire are supported by a dedicated International Student Advisor who provides visa/travel planning assistance, OPT/CPT advising, and workshops covering a variety of other topics.

    Hampshire also has a space on campus dedicated to international student use, the World Lounge, offering students a place to chat, study together, and host events. Finally, Hampshire offers a wide range of student groups serving international students as well as numerous events and celebrations catering to students of different cultural backgrounds.

    Hampshire's alumni include notable entrepreneurs, an Academy Award-winning actor, and a senior NASA scientist—to name just a few!

    A Hampshire education prepares students for a variety of different post-graduate paths, but the most popular one is obtaining a graduate degree: 65% of Hampshire alums receive an advanced degree within ten years of graduating, putting us in the top 3% of US colleges for graduate degree placements rates.

    The top five most frequently attended graduate institutions for Hampshire alums are Columbia University, the University of Massachusetts, New York University, Harvard University, and Yale University.

    While many of our students choose to jump right into the workforce after graduating, Hampshire is also a great place to develop entrepreneurial skills. 23% of Hampshire alumni have started their own businesses or non-profit organizations; a few examples of companies founded or co-founded by Hampshire graduates include Duolingo, Seventh Generation Inc., and Florentine Films.

Student life & facilities

Group of students planning a presentation in a living room
  • Library
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • Fitness Centre
    • Spin Studio
    • Climbing Walls 3
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
    • Dance Studio 2
    • Sauna / Steam Rooms 2
    • Swimming Pool
  • Praying Rooms
    • Workshops
  • No. of All Weather Sports Pitches
    • No. of Swimming pools
    • No. of Tennis Courts 8
    • No. of Climbing Wall 3
    • No. of Basketball Courts 2
    • No. of Athletics Track
  • IT Support
    • Loan Laptops
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Transport
    • Campus Bus Service
    • Bike Rental
    • Car Rental
    • Campus parking
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Restaurants
    • Cafe’s 2
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Travel Vaccinations
    • Campus Pharmacy
    • Family Planning
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
    • Emergency Contraception
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 65
  • Sports Facilities
    • Sport facilities
    • No. of Natural Turf Soccer Pitches
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program

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Fees and funding

  • Undergraduate tuition - USD$52,714 per year

Merit Scholarships

  • Amount - From USD$27,000 to USD$35,000 per year
  • Requirements - Awarded based on academic and extracurricular achievements as evidenced by application.

Need-Based Grants

  • Amount - From USD$5,000 to USD$10,000 per year
  • Requirements - Awarded based on a student's financial need, as evidenced by the data in their CSS Profile. A limited number of international students who present high financial need are given need-based grants ranging from USD $5,000 to $10,000 per year. Students must submit a CSS Profile in order to be considered for a need-based grant.

International Scholar Award - Full Cost of Attendance

  • Amount - USD$74,330 (including USD$4,196 / year for medical insurance, full cost of attendance including tuition, room/board, and all other required fees)
  • Requirements - Awarded to the top international applicant each year, based on exceptional academic and extracurricular achievements. Only students with high financial needs will be considered.

International Scholar Award - Full Tuition

  • Amount - USD$52,714 per year (full cost of tuition)
  • Requirements - Awarded to two of the top international applicants each year, based on exceptional academic and extracurricular achievements. Only students with high financial needs will be considered.

Location

Hampshire College

893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002, USA

Amherst is a vibrant college town with lots to see and do. The town is packed with awesome dining spots, lovely green spaces, fascinating museums, brilliant shopping outlets, and social venues.

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