The power of five.

The Five College Consortium

Hampshire’s founders were leaders from Amherst, Smith, and Mount Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

They set out to create a lab of an undergraduate institution, experimenting with how a college could be a more effective intellectual and moral force in the world. Part of the plan: share the resources of all five schools. Together, we make up the Five College Consortium.

One of the country's most exciting and active educational collaborations, the Consortium enables our students to enjoy:

  • Expanded course options: more than 5,000 from which to choose.

  • One of the largest library collections in the country (28 libraries with more than nine million books).

  • More than 900 student organizations and activities and some 3,400 events each year open to all.

  • A free bus system connecting the Five Colleges and three towns, day and night.

  • Recruiting by almost 500 companies.

Five College Departments and Majors

Certificate Programs (similar to a minor)

Programs, Committees, and Councils

Five College Resources

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