Hampshire College is a private, 4-year college located in Amherst, MA. The school was opened in 1970 as an experiment in alternative education; Hampshire is among the “Five Colleges Area” with Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College and UMass Amherst. The idea for the school came from a report by the other four schools entitled “The New College Plan” emphasizing student curiosity and motivation while strengthening the mentoring relationship between faculty and learner. The 800 acre rural campus features an eclectic assortment of modern and contemporary architecture with many open areas and green spaces. Hampshire College was the first school to divest its financial holdings in South Africa as a statement against Apartheid. Among notable alumni is documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.