Authentic Assessments

  • You’ll never get a grade here. Yes, really.
  • At the end of each course, your professor writes you a narrative evaluation of your work, detailing where you did well and where you need to improve.
  • You also write a self-evaluation of your work in the course, getting the opportunity to think introspectively about your own performance, victories, and growth areas.
  • With an average class size of 15 students, your professors will get to know you deeply enough to write an accurate evaluation.
  • When taking a class within the Five College Consortium, you will receive a grade. Their turf, their rules.
  • Not having grades sets you up to thrive after college! Check out these outcomes stats. 65% of our alumni continue onto grad school within ten years of leaving Hampshire; We’re in the top 1% of colleges whose alumni go on to earn doctorate degrees; and 1 in 4 of our alumni go on to own their own business or non-profit organization.
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My professor is very honest and critical about her students' work. Some people don't like that, but I relish it. Any chance to have critical feedback is great.

You deserve authentic assessments. At Hampshire, grades are not enough. At the end of each course, your professor will write a narrative evaluation of your work, breaking down areas where you've done well, shown improvement, and need to focus. You also evaluate your own work. At the end of each class and the end of each division, you take a step back, review your goals, and assess what you've learned, where you've struggled, and where you want to go next.

With an average class size of 15, professors get to know you deeply to write accurate evaluations. With evals, you have a constant feedback loop that focuses on your growth and learning.

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