It’s true, Hampshire students have no shortage of complaints about the place, but the harshest critics are also likely to be the most vocal advocates of the College. There are few, if any, places quite like Hampshire, and the love-hate relationship many have with the College is based on the passion with which they view alternative, experimental education. Criticize they may, but most students would be quick to defend the College if someone dismissed it. Hampshire students don’t have a reputation as talkers for no reason.
This is a place where you get your hands dirty, whether that is out on the farm testing sustainable farming practices, out in the field researching or developing new technology, or embroiled in a campus debate over the College’s policies. To mirror the idealism that runs through this campus, Hampshire is place where people learn to make a difference in their immediate surroundings and the broader world. This is not a place for everyone, but it is home to serious academics turned off by the ivory tower’s strict disciplinary boundaries. Students are dedicated community organizers merging intellectual investigation and practical activism, the innovative and experimenting artists craving a safe haven for their expression, the brilliant slackers from high school who thrive in unconventional environments, and the self-described geeks looking to create the next big video game. Hampshire draws a weird, quirky bunch, and the result is never boring. Hampshire students may come to the College with a variety of different expectations, but they will definitely leave with experiences unlike any other.