Hampshire College to admit smaller freshmen class for fall ‘19

Hampshire County

A decision on whether to admit a freshman class for fall 2019 at Hampshire College has been made, after a board meeting Friday. 

In an email addressed to the college community, the board said they have decided on the following issues: 

  • The Board first voted not to delay their decision regarding admitting a fall class 
  • The Board authorized the College to admit two distinct categories of applicants for this fall: those students who accepted Hampshire’s offer to enroll via the “early decision 1” plan this year, and students who had accepted Hampshire’s offer to enroll last year but chose to take a gap year and matriculate in fall 2019 
  • The Board voted that Hampshire would not enroll any other applicants for fall 2019 or spring 2020 

These decisions come weeks after the college announced their plan to find a long-term strategic partner to help them achieve a sustainable future. Hampshire College, like many other smaller colleges, is facing pressure to reduce tuition and increase financial aid. 

“We reached our decisions after considering many factors, including heartfelt and passionate discussions with the wider Hampshire community,” the board stated in a news release to 22News.

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