Five College Course Request

Amherst College students can submit a request to take a course at Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College, Smith College or the University of Massachusetts 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. 

Start dates for the Five Colleges may not align with Amherst College. Please be sure to check the calendar of the host campus.

3 Steps to Register for a Five College Class:

  1. Fill out a Five College Permission Form. Be 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 to during your registration window.
  2. Fill out the Five College Course Request. You must fill out a request for each component of a course. 
  3. Put in a placeholder course into your schedule through ACData (example: UM_COURSE_REG or SC_COURSE_REG) The Registrar’s Office will change the title when the host college confirms your enrollment. 

Instructor Permission:  During the Pre-registration period you only need the instructor's signature if specified in the course description.  During Add/Drop, you need the instructor's permission to enroll. Every permission form requires the signature of your advisor(s). An email message of approval will work in lieu of a signature.

Only liberal arts courses can be taken for Amherst College credit. If you have a question, contact the Registrar’s office ASAP for more information.  

Courses must be in-person, not online.

Note: With two rounds of pre-registration, in contrast with the other colleges, we can only forward your Five College registration form during the first week. If the registration is not turned in during the first round of pre-registration, students will have to wait for the Add/Drop period at the beginning of the term.

Warning about Credits:  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