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Will Hampshire College’s Flag Fight Affect Enrollment?

 

The admissions department at Hampshire College is gearing up for application season. It’s unclear whether a recent controversy about American flags being removed from campus will have an impact on admissions. Photo by Katherine Davis-Young for NEPR 

Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, has been at the center of a controversy that’s attracted attention and criticism from around the country. Now it’s college application season — a crucial time for the school’s bottom line.

Enrollment matters a lot for a school like Hampshire College, with just about 1400 students and a relatively small endowment. So Hampshire had some budget problems this year, when the student body came up about 60 students short.

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