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Readmission Policy

Students seeking readmission to the College are required to submit an application to the Center for Academic Support and Advising that includes a statement of their activities while away from the College and a proposed plan of study if readmitted. Contact CASA for information and the readmission application.

The completed application (including supplemental materials) is due no later than November 1 for readmission for the spring term and April 1 for readmission for the fall term. Hampshire does not have a rolling process for considering applications for readmission; late applications will not be accepted. The readmissions committee meets just once per semester. It is important that supporting documents be recent. A processing fee of $50 (non-refundable) is required. Students seeking readmission who have been away from Hampshire for four years or more will follow the academic policies and deadlines in effect at the time of readmission. The Center for Academic Support and Advising will provide current policies and deadlines upon request.

Applications for readmission from students who have an outstanding financial obligation to the College will not be reviewed by the Readmissions Committee until the outstanding debts are cleared, or acceptable arrangements for payment have been made prior to the readmissions application deadline.

Complete applications will be reviewed by the readmissions committee before a final decision is made. The readmission decision rests on the discretion of the readmissions committee. There is no appeal process for decisions of the readmissions committee.

Applicants must fulfill all requirements as set forth in the application materials, including submission of a personal statement that explains how the circumstances which led to the leave have been addressed. In addition to the requirements listed in Readmission by Withdrawal Type, the readmissions committee may require the student to submit additional documentation and/or participate in a personal interview with a College administrator.

The readmissions committee will sometimes recommend that a student be readmitted to the College with the understanding that certain conditions or expectations will be met once the student has returned. CASA will be responsible for conveying academic information to the student and the advisor in the form of an academic contract for monitoring academic progress. The committee may also consult with faculty or other pertinent persons, such as former advisors and faculty working in the area of the student’s interests, concerning the advisability of readmitting the student.

The Readmissions Committee consists of the Deans for Academic Support and Advising, the Director of Central Records, and a representative from Health Services when appropriate. Regardless of the original or predominant reasons for withdrawal or medical leave, all issues that pertain to the student’s ability to function successfully at Hampshire will be addressed in determining suitability for readmission.

Information reviewed by the readmissions committee includes, but is not limited to:

  1. The readmission application including any supplemental materials.
  2. Documents specifically requested by the Center for Academic Support and Advising, Health Services, the Dean of Student Life office, a student’s faculty committee or academic advisor.
  3. Academic history while enrolled at Hampshire.
  4. Social or disciplinary history while enrolled at Hampshire.
  5. Current status of account with the College business office. Applications for readmission from students who have an outstanding financial obligation to the will not be reviewed by the Readmissions Committee. If the outstanding debts are cleared, or acceptable arrangements for payment have been made prior to the readmissions application deadline, the application will be considered.

It is important that students notify the Financial Aid and Housing Offices regarding their interest in applying for readmission as soon as possible. Financial aid resources for readmitted students are limited.  If a student is readmitted to Hampshire, the level of financial aid awarded may be lower than that  received when the student was first admitted.

International students (with an F-1 student visa) should also contact the international student advisor before applying for readmission to discuss visa status and enrollment limitations.