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Five College Courses


Listed below are the rules and regulations covering enrollment in couses offered at Amherst College; Mount Holyoke College; Smith College; and The University of Massachusetts through "The Interchange". These regulations have been worked out by mutual agreement among the Five Colleges. Registration instructions are located on the central records webpage. Refer to the academic calendar for dates and deadlines.

  • Students may preregister during April or November for a maximum of two (2) Five College courses for the upcoming semester. During the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester, students may request and register for additional Five College courses.
  • Students may take no more than two courses at Amherst College in any one semester per Amherst College policy.
  • There are no courses offered through the interchange during January or over the summer. Continuing education courses at the University of Massachusetts are not part of the interchange.
  • Courses offered through the interchange do not incur extra tuition charges unless there are special lab fees; private music lesson and practice fees; or special materials.
  • Registration for Five College courses during any registration period is initiated on TheHub through the Five College course request system. Enrollment in any course is not guaranteed until the class actually begins.
  • Students follow the Hampshire College academic calendar dates and deadlines for registering, dropping, and withdrawing from Five College courses.
  • If a student does not register for a Five College course by the appropriate deadline, the other colleges may not permit enrollment uness the student is granted an exception through a late add process. The student should seek help in Central Records.
  • For year-long courses, students must repeat the registration process for the second term.
  • Students taking Five College courses receive grades according to the host institutions grading system. They must take all exams at the times scheduled. Some instructors in the other four institutions will provide a written evaluation in addition to (not in place of) the required grade, upon student request. Students with questions about a grade received should contact the professor of the course.
  •  Five College grading policies and practices vary from institution to institution including policies on granting extra time to complete a course (incompletes). Students should check with the instructor if they think they may want to petition for an incomplete course.
  • Note that courses graded S/U (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) or CR/NC (Credit / No Credt) are converted to a pass/fail system at Hampshire.
  • Division III students who enroll in off-campus courses to fulfill advanced educational activities that extend beyond Hampshire graduation deadlines should be aware that formal awarding of the degree will be delayed if confirmation of course completion is not received prior to commencement.

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