Admissions

On this website you will find examples of how the campuses of the Five College consortium share resources, such as by making their courses available to students from member campuses through the Five College Course Catalog. You will also find many examples of the campuses combining resources to accomplish as a group what none could do individually, such as Five College majors, departments and programs.

The Power of Five Colleges is our publication showing what our campuses, collaborating through the consortium, offer students. View our interactive epublication. Download the pdf. 

Every year, Five Colleges brings together 55 high school counselors from around the country to experience our campuses firsthand through student-led tours and presentations by the admissions directors.

Amherst College - Amherst, MA - 1,800 undergraduates
On a campus near the town’s center, this distinguished coeducational liberal arts college is known for its committed faculty members, open curriculum, diverse student body and devoted alumni. Consistently recognized as one of the nation’s top educational institutions, Amherst offers the B.A. degree in 36 fields of study.
Campus admissions information. 

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Hampshire College - Amherst, MA - 750 undergraduates
Hampshire is among the most innovative colleges in the country. It requires students to pursue their passions by designing their own programs of study and recruiting a faculty committee to guide them on a rigorous path of discovery. The environment fosters intellectual engagement, exploration, and critical thinking—supported by narrative evaluations rather than grades. The model has been described as “graduate school for undergraduates."
Campus admissions information. 

Mount Holyoke College - South Hadley, MA - 2,200 students
Mount Holyoke offers an exceptionally diverse and global learning environment. Students from nearly 70 countries collaborate with renowned faculty members on research and pursue experiential learning across the curriculum. Mount Holyoke’s classroom experience was rated number one by the Princeton Review and the campus is ranked as one of the nation’s most beautiful.
Campus admissions information. 

Smith College - Northampton, MA - 2,600 undergraduates
Smith’s learning experience includes small classes, professors who are world-class scholars, and innovative courses, all on a 147-acre campus planned as a botanic garden and now known for its spectacular physical beauty. Notable collections include the renowned Smith College Museum of Art and the internationally recognized Sophia Smith Collection of women’s history manuscripts and archives.
Campus admissions information. 

UMass Amherst - Amherst, MA - 21,800 undergraduates
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is consistently ranked among the nation’s top public research universities. Its campus is home to a rich and diverse cultural and academic environment that includes New England’s premier honors college and eight schools and colleges offering a full range of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and the world.
Campus admissions information. 





For answers to common questions about applying to one of the Five College campuses, view them on the Five College FAQ page.