For Students Not Sure They Want To Go To College At All
You're bright and ambitious but you're just not sold on the college experience. If this describes your sentiment, you may want to take a look at Hampshire College, where, according to their website, "education is unique, profound, engaging, active, collaborative, intellectually challenging—and joyful." Hampshire's approach to teaching is decidedly unique. Teaching methods at Hampshire are designed to develop each student's potential to "question, research, analyze, write, negotiate, and undertake substantial independent projects." Students focus on portfolios, rather than distribution requirements, and on narrative evaluations, instead of grades and GPAs.
There Are Just So Many Options Here
One student explained why she chose Hampshire by saying: "I came here because I'm a non-traditional student, and Hampshire was the most welcoming environment for my kind of background. There are just so many options here." Another student said she "saw Hampshire as a place where activism was taken seriously and was part of the academic curriculum. It was expected of students that they would be involved in the community and not just reading and learning about other communities."
Hampshire College, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, was founded in 1970 as an experiment in unconventional education and in conjunction with four other colleges. They include Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and University of Massachusetts—Amherst. Today they are collectively known as the Five College Consortium. The Consortium provides a rich set of academic and cultural resources. Each year, more than 6,000 courses are available to students in the Five-College system at no extra charge.
Top Undergraduate Institution in Graduate School Enrollment
Film, music, theater, and the visual arts are popular areas of study at Hampshire. In some fields, the school is among the top undergraduate institutions in graduate school enrollment. In fact, 56 percent of Hampshire grads have at least one graduate degree. Additionally, school records state that the school is ranked 30th among all U.S. colleges in the percentage of its graduates who go on to attain a doctorate degree (notably first among history doctorates), when adjusted for school size.
|1. Emory University||14. Smith College|
|2. Vassar College||15. Univ. of Notre Dame|
|3. Univ. of Pittsburgh||16. The Ohio State University|
|4. Goucher College||17. Earlham College|
|5. Reed College||18. Chapman University|
|6. Hunter College||19. Warren Wilson College|
|7. Univ. of Michigan||20. Univ. of California—Santa Cruz|
|8. Hampshire College||21. Stanford University|
|9. Berklee School of Music||22. Univ. of Texas—Austin|
|10. Pepperdine University||23. Middlebury College|
|11. Brown University||24. New York University|
|12. Univ. of the South—Sewanee||25. Univ. of Chicago|
|13. Elon University|