Hampshire College GPA, SAT and ACT Data

Hampshire College GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Hampshire College GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Hampshire College GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Discussion of Hampshire College's Admissions Standards:

Hampshire College, a small liberal arts college in Amhest, Massachusetts, has selective admissions. Roughly a third of all applicants do not get in, and those who are admitted tend to have high school grades and standardized test scores that are above average. In the graph above, the green and blue data points represent students who were admitted. You can see that most had a GPA of "B" or better, SAT scores (RW+M) of 1100 or higher, and an ACT composite score of 23 or higher. Realize that grades are far more important than SAT/ACT scores because Hampshire College does not consider standardized test scores as part of the admissions equation. The school's "test blind" admission policy, in fact, is different from most test-optional colleges in that the school won't consider the scores at all. Period. So even if you have a perfect 36 on your SAT, it won't help you get into Hampshire College.

That said, Hampshire College will be happy to consider your AP, IB, and subject test scores since these scores measure your academic achievement rather than aptitude. Hampshire feels that these exams are a much better measure of an applicant's college readiness than the SAT and ACT.

You'll notice quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue of the graph. This means that some students who had grades that were on target for Hampshire College did not get in. This is because Hampshire has a holistic admissions policy and makes decisions based on factors other than grades.

The college's admissions website lists the following factors as central to the decision-making process:

  • Rigor of the high school program
  • Academic performance
  • Evidence of a critical and analytical thought process
  • Quality of writing
  • Passion for learning
  • Demonstrated initiative and follow-through
  • Activities and community involvement
  • Ability to enrich our College community

The college uses the Common Application, so successful applicants will need to have a winning application essay, meaningful extracurricular activities, and positive letters of recommendation. The first point in the list above--the rigor of your high school course work--means that the college will be looking for students who have challenged themselves with AP, IB, Honors, and Dual Enrollment classes. Finally, Hampshire College encourages applicants to do an optional interview, and applicants are also welcome to submit a sample of creative work.

Finally, Hampshire is one of the few colleges in the country that does not require a high school diploma for a student to matriculate. If you are mature and demonstrate strong academic skills, you can apply as an "early entrance" candidate. This path does have a down side in that you will not be eligible for federal financial aid.

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