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Hampshire College

Amherst, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate75%
Acceptance Rate75%

Hampshire College Admissions

Reach out to Hampshire College's admissions department for more information on applying.

Students who submit their applications to Hampshire College for the fall semester should hear back from Hampshire College by April 1.

Hampshire College Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Hampshire College's admissions stats.

Hampshire College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 24%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Waitlist Yes

Hampshire College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Hampshire College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 1 February 1
Early Action Yes December 1 February 15
Regular Decision Yes January 1 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Hampshire College?

Hampshire College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 1.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is December 1. Hampshire College will release EA admissions decisions no later than February 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Hampshire College is 87%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 75%. Last year, Hampshire College admitted 13 of the 15 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➑️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Hampshire College Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Hampshire College?

Hampshire College is a moderately difficult school to get into. Hampshire College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Hampshire College accepted 75% of students, approximately 1,005 of the 1,337 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Hampshire College, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Hampshire College

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Hampshire College

Hampshire College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Hampshire College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Hampshire College

What does Hampshire College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Academic GPA Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Hampshire College for more information on admission factors.

Hampshire College Application Requirements

To apply to Hampshire College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Hampshire College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Interview √
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Other Requirements √ School report and college counselor recommendation
Transcript of High School Record √

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Hampshire College?

Hampshire College has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 28% submitted a class rank. At Hampshire College 24% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 51% were in the top 25% and 79% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Hampshire College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 ––
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Hampshire College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Hampshire College considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Hampshire College does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

What is a Good SAT Score for Hampshire College?

What is a Good ACT Score for Hampshire College?

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Hampshire College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Hampshire College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is April 1. Applicants should hear back by April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Hampshire College during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Spring Term

Hampshire College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Hampshire College?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Hampshire College.

Does Hampshire College accept transfer credits?

βœ… Hampshire College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Hampshire College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Hampshire College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Hampshire College?

βœ… Hampshire College is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Hampshire College's acceptance rate?

βœ… Hampshire College has an acceptance rate of 75%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Hampshire College?

βœ… Hampshire College's early decision acceptance rate was 87% in 2021.

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Hampshire College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Hampshire College? Hampshire College is a somewhat selective institution. The Hampshire College acceptance rate is 75%. This means that the institution accepts 75 out of every 100 applicants.


Hampshire College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Hampshire College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Hampshire College is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Hampshire College ACT Scores


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Hampshire College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

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