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Transfer Policy

Transfer students are required to fulfill all distribution and additional course requirements of Hampshire’s Division I, II, and III. Transfer course work completed prior to enrollment at Hampshire may be used to satisfy some of Hampshire’s graduation requirements. To be considered for transfer status, students must have been enrolled at a regionally accredited college or university on a full- or part-time basis and have completed at least 15 transferable semester credits or 23 quarter credits in a variety of academic (liberal arts and sciences) disciplines post-high school graduation prior to enrollment at Hampshire. Courses must be comparable in academic demands and disciplines to those offered at Hampshire, be graded C or better and not be recorded as high school credit. Students who have completed fewer than 15 semester credits or 23 quarter credits of college work will be considered first-year entrants and should refer to the description of the first-year program for more information. Hampshire College will transfer courses completed during high school dual-enrollment programs only if the student’s transfer institution has awarded them credit. Hampshire will also transfer Advanced Placement Program (AP) exams scores of 4 or higher and International Baccalaureate (IB) higher level exams scores of 5 or higher for up to four Division I elective requirements.

Prior to matriculation, transfer students’ transcripts are evaluated to determine which eight Division I course requirements  have been fulfilled through transfer work. Any remaining first-year course requirements must be completed during the first semester of enrollment. Distribution requirements that have been met will be indicated when students fill out their course preference forms on TheHub prior to matriculation. At a meeting for transfer students during orientation, transfer students will receive a list of the courses from their previous institution(s). Courses that were accepted to satisfy Division I distribution requirements will be noted as such.

During their first semester, students fill out a Division I declaration form listing the 4 distribution requirements and 4 electives needed to complete Division I. These courses may be from a student’s previous institution, Hampshire/Five-College courses, or a combination of both. After confirmation of completion of all 8 courses with accompanying grades and or evaluations is received and recorded, Central Records will record a Division I pass. Transfer students do not complete Division I portfolios or submit Division I retrospective essays.

Like all Hampshire College students, transfer students negotiate a plan of study for Division II with their advisor. Transfer courses not used for the completion of Division I are eligible for inclusion in Division II with approval of the student’s Division II committee.  Please see the section concerning requirements and procedures for filing Division II. When determining when a student’s Division II is ready to be passed, the faculty committee takes into consideration: the number and type of courses and other learning activities in the portfolio and whether they form a comprehensive body of work; the student’s proficiency with writing and other modes of expression and presentation; and the student’s readiness, in terms of requisite knowledge and skills, to embark on the proposed Division III project. The completion date of Division II will be determined by the student’s faculty committee.

NOTE: Students receiving financial aid should consult with the Financial Aid Office regarding the number of semesters of financial aid eligibility.