Hampshire College facing financial struggles, may not accept new class

Hampshire County

A  college in Hampshire County may not be accepting a freshmen class next school year. 

Hampshire College is struggling financially, and as a result, may not accept a freshmen class.     

Hampshire College president Miriam Nelson announced Tuesday that the college is seeking a “long-term strategic partnership” to keep their vision and model for the school moving forward. 

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She said the school’s budget is balanced, but with an enrollment of less than 2,500, balancing the books is a challenge. 

“We continue to process our applications the same way we have every year,” said Kristina Mossgunnarsdottir, interim director of admissions. “So until there is a final decision it is business as usual. Except for the additional component of outreach and support to make sure students have those options given to them.”

The college said they’ll work with the 39 students who were accepted under Early Decision in December, and then withdrew their applications to other schools.

As far as what a “strategic partnership” would look like, the college president said that could mean a merger with another school.

Hampshire College hopes to make a final decision on accepting freshman by February 1.

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