Five-College Interchange Registration

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Five College students will be registered on a space-available basis. Pre- Registration in many courses is tentative and may not be confirmed until the first week of class, especially for courses with enrollment limits stated in their descriptions.   If you are pre-registered in a limited course and have not been dropped before the first class you must attend the first class to find out if you will remain on the roster.  Some faculty of limited courses may wait until the first class to determine their final rosters.  If you have been dropped before the first class you do not need to attend the first class.

Interchange students may not enroll in more than two courses per semester at Amherst College.

An interchange student enrolling in a special topics course at Amherst College must obtain the signatures of the instructor and the department chair on an Amherst College special topics form, which is also available at the Amherst College Registrar's Office. The signed form must be submitted to the Amherst College Registrar's Office.

An interchange student who wishes to take an Amherst College course on the pass/fail grading option must secure the instructor's permission via email, obtain approval from their home institution's Registrar's Office, and forward those messages of approval to the Amherst College Registrar's Office before the start of the Amherst College exam period. No exceptions will be made to this deadline. Only one course may be taken on a pass/fail basis per semester.

Please note that although the rules of the host institution must be followed in order to register the course pass/fail, the student must still abide by the home school's rules on the limit and content of courses taken on a pass/fail basis.

Five College Meal Exchange  Information regarding meals at the other colleges can be found here. 

Course information can be found in the Five College Course Catalog, which shows course descriptions, meeting times, and instructors, when available. The Examination Schedule will be posted by the end of the fourth or fifth week of the semester.

Transcripts are maintained by the student's home school.  There is not a separate transcript for courses taken at another college.  The courses are generally coded in such a way to indicate which college hosted the class: A=Amherst, H=Hampshire, M=Mt. Holyoke, S=Smith, U=UMass.

The Five College bus stop is just a few feet down the street from Converse, adjacent to the parking lot. PVTA  buses run every twenty minutes from this bus stop during the academic year. 

Please note that there is no on-campus parking available to Five College students during the school day.  Any Five College student who needs to use a car should park in the 2-hour metered spots along Boltwood Avenue or in the parking garage in the center of Amherst, off of Main Street.