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Struggling Hampshire College prepares for an initial round of layoffs

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AMHERST — Hampshire College informed staffers last week that it will announce an initial round of layoffs in the coming days as it continues to search for possible merger.

President Miriam Nelson sent a letter to employees Wednesday informing them that in less than a week that they would be informed of their layoffs with 60 days’ notice. The college isn’t prepared to say how many people will be losing their jobs, Hampshire spokesman John Courtmanche told The Daily Hampshire Gazette.

College trustees recently voted to only accept 77 students who were accepted through deferred admission and the early acceptance process for fall 2019 admission.


Close to 90 percent of Hampshire’s revenue comes from student tuition. The school was founded in 1970 and is known for its alternative education model with no grades or majors.

Hampshire last month said it was seeking a merger partner, citing financial issues.