Hampshire College Enrolling Only 15 Students for Fall of 2019
“We’re grateful for their trust, and we look forward to welcoming them at Orientation in the fall”
At what point do the leaders at Hampshire decide this just isn’t worth it?
Hampshire College announces incoming class of 15 students
Hampshire College has always had relatively small class sizes, but never anything like this.
The financially struggling Amherst liberal arts school announced Wednesday that its incoming freshman class will be just 15 students, as it continues to look for a sustainable path forward. The number of fall 2019 enrollees amounts to a nearly 94 percent decrease from the college’s 2018 class of 290 students.
“We’re grateful for their trust, and we look forward to welcoming them at Orientation in the fall,” Ken Rosenthal, the interim president of Hampshire College, wrote in a letter to the school’s community.
Rosenthal said the college is projected to enroll a total of 600 students next year, down from 1,175 this academic year.
Hampshire College’s former president, Miriam Nelson, resigned last month amid discord over its financial restructuring.
In January, the 49-year-old Western Massachusetts school — known for its unconventional, student-led curriculum — abruptly announced that it was struggling to address the larger trend of declining college enrollment and was seeking to merge with another institution. A number of similarly-sized colleges, particularly in New England, have been forced to close or merge with larger schools in recent years due to decreasing enrollment, which experts say will only worsen over the next decade.
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I bet those 15 students are top quality, too!
Yes, they passed on that all-expenses paid scholarship to MIT where they could have stayed in Boston (Cambridge, same thing) to go to some tiny, dying school in western MA.
But, hey, maybe they’re smarter than we think. Maybe they were planning ahead. 20, 30, 40 years from the year they graduate MIT will still be sending out letters to alumni soliciting them for donations.
20 minutes after they graduate from Hampshire college their alma mater is going to shutter and they’ll never get a solicitation letter from it in their lives.