Hampshire College first opened in 1970, and so it cannot claim as venerable a tradition as the four other colleges in the area. However, what Hampshire lacks in history, it more than makes up for in innovation and the pursuit of its own brand of excellence, not to mention a spectacular setting at the foot of Norwottuck and Bare Mountains.Visitors can sign up for an information session and guided tour that begins at the Admissions Office. Or you may choose to chart your own stroll around the campus.
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Hampshire College Campus
- Admissions Office – Starting place for guided tours
- Red Barn – Venue for public performances and weddings
- Bus Shelter – PVTA Bus #32 stops here
- Bridge Café – Restaurant located by the pedestrian bridge between the library and Robert Crown Center
- Harold F. Johnson Library – The building houses the college library, Hampstore and the Airport Lounge study center
- Yurt – This distinctive student-built structure houses the college radio station
- Franklin Patterson Hall – Public talks are frequently presented in the FPH lecture halls
- Cultural Village – Location of two excellent museums – Yiddish Book Center and Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
- Pine forest and nature trails – Serene wooded area
- Farm Center – Working farm and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program
- Hampshire has no official mascot, though the frog has been adopted as an unofficial mascot
- In 1979, Hampshire became the first college in the U.S. to divest from apartheid South Africa
- Students were allowed to keep pets until 1993 when a resident Vietnamese pot-bellied pig caused more than $3000 of property damage
- The college’s modular apartment complexes (“mods”), Prescott, Enfield, and Greenwich, are named after 3 towns evacuated and flooded to create the Quabbin Reservoir
- In 2010 Huffington Post ranked Hampshire first on its list of “Top 10 Hipster Schools.”
- Hampshire’s Motto, proposed by original trustee Winthrop “Toby” Dakin, is Non Satis Scire, “To know is not enough.”
Hampshire can take pride in a long list of accomplished alumni, and many have left a lasting impression on the Pioneer Valley. Aaron Lansky founded the National Yiddish Book Center, located on the college campus; Jonathan Wright’s construction company builds acclaimed energy-efficient homes in the area; Roberta Uno started the UMass-based New WORLD Theater which presented works by contemporary artists of color for more than 30 years.
Hampshire grad Jim Henry created what is perhaps the sweetest song ever written about the Valley. It is called “Home to Me” and appears on his Jacksonville album.