Hampshire College to decide on admitting freshman class for fall 2019

Hampshire County

Hampshire College, like many other smaller colleges, is facing pressure to reduce tuition and increase financial aid.

Hampshire announced last month that it needed a long-term partner, and had to decide whether to admit a freshman class this fall.

Hampshire College President Miriam Nelson has been speaking with the state department of education, the attorney general’s office, and the New England Commission on Higher education to find a solution.

“The state and our accreditors are asking us to basically be able to guarantee that if we’re going to admit a class that we could educate them for four years until they get a degree,” said Hampshire College Spokesman John Courtmanche.

Courtmanche told 22News, in recent years enrollment has declined from 1,400 to 1,200 students, like many other smaller colleges across the country.

The board is deliberating whether the college has the financial resources to educate a class for four years and whether it’s the right thing to admit a class while transitioning to a partnership.

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