“Beyond the Guidebook”  College Representative Questionnaire


10/10/2018 @ 12:40 PM

Name of College:

Hampshire College

Name of Representative:

Chuck Kaufman

Email Address:


Phone Number:

Office: 413-559-6026

College Web Page:


Please give some examples of high profile events held on campus last year  (i.e. concerts. speakers, political debates, etc.):        

Deaf studies conference, week of plays.

What percentage of students stay on campus during the weekends?

Not a suitcase school but 90% of students live on campus

New initiatives on campus and/or institutional goals?

Meet 100% of FA need; we’re at 90% now. We just became 100% solar powered. First residential campus to do so!

What is something you might find at the school that may not exist at any other school?

Create your own major; no letter grades. Narrative evaluations instead; five college consortium.

If located outside of New England, what New England area schools is your institution similar to?

What is the distance to the nearest big city? And what is that city?

45 minutes to Hartford, 30 miles to Springfield, 1-½ hours to Boston.

What is the approximate distance from Westborough, driving and/or flying?

Driving 1 hour, 15 minutes.

What are your most popular majors?

Film, Video & Photographic Arts; Fine & Studio Arts; Writing Studies; Psychology; Biology. Entrepreneurship and Video Game Design are increasingly popular majors as well.

What are your newest and/or most unique majors?


What majors are you hoping to grow?


Will applying “undecided” for a major affect a student’s chances for acceptance?

No, we are a Liberal Arts College.

Is there a statistical advantage to applying early decision or early action?

Only slightly - and we have 2 rounds of ED!

If interviews are required or recommended, where and by whom are they conducted?

We do interviews all over the country. Most will be conducted by our student interns on campus. If off-campus, by a counselor.

Are students automatically considered for merit scholarships with the application to the school?


What percentage of demonstrated financial aid do you meet?

95% on average.

Is there anything else a student should know that they will not easily find in a guidebook or online?

We are the only test-blind college in the country, meaning we do NOT accept the SAT/ACT.