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|About||Our students design their own program of study and recruit faculty to advise them using written evals instead of grades. Like a grad school for undergrads.|
|Mission||The mission of Hampshire College is to foster a lifelong passion for learning, inquiry, and ethical citizenship that inspires students to contribute to knowledge, justice, and positive change in the world and, by doing so, to transform higher education.|
|Description||Hampshire, in Amherst, Mass., is among the most innovative colleges in the country, challenging students to design their own programs of study and recruit a faculty committee to advise them using narrative evaluations rather than grades. Like a graduate school model for undergraduates, the success of the College can be measured by the mainstreaming of many of its innovations in education and the achievements of its alums: Academy Award and Emmy Award winners, best-selling authors, scientists, historians, Peabody winners, MacArthur Foundation awardees, Fulbright scholars, and more. The College is ranked 40th in the US for percentage of alumni who earn doctorate degrees according to the National Science Foundation. More than a quarter of its grads have started their own venture or organization, landing the college on Forbes’s 2015 list of top-ten most-entrepreneurial colleges. Hampshire is part of the Five Colleges consortium, through which our students share classes, activities, and resources with the students of Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and UMass Amherst.|
Since it opened in 1970, the success of the College can be measured by the mainstreaming of many of its experimental ideas in education and the achievements of its alums: Academy Award winners, Emmy Award winners, best-selling authors, scientists, historians, Peabody winners, MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” awardees, Fulbright scholars, and more. The College is ranked 39th among all US colleges and universities for percentage of alumni who advance to earn doctorate degrees according to the National Science Foundation. More than a quarter of Hampshire graduates have started their own venture or organization, which landed the college on Forbes’s 2015 short list of most-entrepreneurial colleges.
Hampshire is profiled in Colleges That Change Lives for "developing potential, values, initiative, and risk-taking" in students, adding that "no college has students whose intellectual thyroids are more active or whose minds are more passionately engaged."
Hampshire also was recently selected for inclusion in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges for demonstrating a "commitment to sustainability activities and initiatives.”
Campus Pride’s LGBT-Friendly "Campus Climate Index" scores Hampshire at 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Hampshire is one of 45 colleges and universities selected for the Bringing Theory to Practice Project, a national leadership coalition of schools committed to becoming models for what liberal education can offer—and most effectively deliver.
Hampshire College's Facebook page encourages active participation, however, content that includes profanity, personal attacks, hate speech, commercial promotions or is otherwise deemed inappropriate based on Hampshire's community standards may be hidden, deleted, blocked, or reported by page administrators. Personal attacks and hate speech include: bullying, harassing, degrading, shaming, or otherwise speech, conduct, writing, or display which is forbidden because it disparages or intimidates or may incite violence or prejudicial action against or by an individual or group. We also adhere to Facebook’s Community Standards against targeting of and hate speech against private individuals and public figures. Participants have the right not to be the subject of slander or libel, and not to have their character impugned. Further, hate speech includes content that attacks people based on their Race; Ethnicity; National origin; Religious affiliation; Sexual orientation; Sex; Gender; Gender identity, or Disabilities or diseases. We encourage participants to follow FB’s standards, and its reporting and blocking processes, detailed at https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards/
Norms for Community Living
Each member of the community has rights that afford personal protection and ensure the College’s commitment to learning and the advancement of knowledge through free inquiry. No member of this community shall violate the rights of any other member, as represented by the norms described in this document.
All persons affiliated with Hampshire College are expected to abide by the Norms for Community Living and college policies while they are on the Hampshire College campus and while off campus when participating in college programs and activities.
Read full description in Hampshire’s Student Handbook at http://handbook.hampshire.edu
Right of Freedom of Communication of Ideas
All members of the Hampshire community have the right to freely express their ideas provided that t