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The power of five.

The Five College Consortium

Hampshire College Students Working in Class

Open-Access Education: Students Win When Schools Team Up

Every year, thousands of students from across the Five Colleges freely cross-register for courses at partner institutions

Open-Access Education: Students Win When Schools Team Up

Hampshire’s founders were leaders from Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, 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. They’re vast. They’re right here. And they’re yours.

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

  • Expanded course options: more than 5,300 from which to choose

  • One of the largest library collections in the country (28 libraries with more than 9 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

Interdisciplinary and Area Studies Programs

African Studies, Coastal and Marine Sciences, East Asian Languages, Film and Video, Native American Indian Studies, Peace and World Security Studies, and more.

Certificate Programs (similar to a minor)

Five College Resources

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