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.

Note Start dates may not align with Amhert College at the other campuses. 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. 

During Registration you MUST secure the instructor's signature. You MUST also have the form signed by your advisor(s). An email may be PRINTED and attached to your form in lieu of a signature but it must be SPECIFIC and state clearly that they are giving you permission for the specific course.

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