Hampshire College to announce future plans on Friday

Hampshire County

The future of an incoming freshman class remains in question at Hampshire College. That decision won’t be made until Friday.

Members of the school’s Board of Trustees met on Thursday with faculty, staff, and students before Friday’s decision.

On January 15, the school’s president Miriam Nelson announced that the college is seeking a “long-term strategic partnership” to keep their vision and model for the school moving forward.

Since then, the college has been holding assemblies and web forums and keeping in contact with alumni, current students, and potential prospective students as well and discuss possible options moving forward.

One Hampshire College graduate said he was surprised when he heard the future of the incoming class was in question.

“Well obviously, we were shocked and blindsided on the other hand, once we heard this there is a strongly renewed feeling we will raise more money for the college and help the college re-invent itself,” said Jonathan Podolsky.

Podolsky said alumni groups have been raising money independently to assist the college in its future plans. This year marked the most applications the school has received in the past four years.

According to the schools Media Relations Director John Courtmanche, a decision regarding the incoming freshman class will be made after 3 p.m. on Friday.

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