Five College Course Request

At this site an Amherst College student can submit a request to take a course at Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College or the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. This is done along with the submission of the placeholder class on your online registration via ACData.

Restrictions:  No more than two Five College courses may be taken in any one semester. Only liberal arts courses can be taken for Amherst College credit.  Online courses are not creditable.

Start dates for the five colleges may not align with Amhert College. Please be sure to check the calendar of the host campus using this link: Five College Academic Calendars.

3 Steps to Register for a 5-College Class!

  1. Print out a 5-College Permission form:  Five College Permission FormBe sure to list on the permission form each component of a course (Lecture, Lab, Discussion, etc ) or you may not be fully enrolled.  Submit these forms during your registration window.
  2. Fill out the 5-College online  FIVE COLLEGE COURSE REQUEST.
  3. Put in a place holder course into your schedule through ACData (example: UM_COURSE_REG or SC_COURSE_REG) The Registrar’s Office will change the title when all paperwork has cleared. 

Instructor Permission:  During the Pre-registration period you only need the instructor's signature if it says so in the course description.  During Add/Drop, you have to have the instructor's permission to enroll. Every permission form requires your advisor(s) signature. An email may be PRINTED and attached to your form in lieu of a signature but it must clearly name the course number and title of the class.

Note:  With two rounds of pre-registration, in contrast with the other colleges, we can only forward your Five College registration form during the first week.  If the registration is not turned in during the first round of pre-registration, students will have to wait for the Add/Drop period at the beginning of the term.

Warning:  Some Five College classes have variable credits assigned.  This can mean a course doesn't equal an Amherst course and won't be considered a full course unless the credit is confirmed.  Please note on the Permission form if the course has variable credit and how much that credit is assigned.  This must be confirmed by the instructor.

Check on the status of your request(s) here.

General Information About Taking Five College Courses