Office of Student Affairs

Hampshire College

Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 549-4600

In 1970, Hampshire College’s first class came to take part in an extraordinary new venture in liberal arts education, based on a single, compelling belief: that the most meaningful and lasting education is shaped by a student’s own interests. Hampshire is a growing, experimenting college that offers students new freedoms, challenges and responsibilities in creating their own educations. The faculty plays a crucial role in this process of active learning, providing guidance, criticism and support and acting as catalysts for their students’ work.

Hampshire’s 1,350 students live in a variety of environments, from contemporary single- and double-room dorms and small modular apartments to larger communal sites.

Our special facilities include open and integrated science labs, television and video studios, student performance spaces and the Robert Crown Center for recreational sports, which includes a lap pool under striking glass walls that open to the encircling mountains.