The Five College Consortium

A Prestigious Consortium of Four Colleges and One University in Western Mass.

The Five College Consortium in Western Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley provides students in the member institutions with a wealth of academic opportunities. Students can take classes on any of the five campuses allowing for the type of breadth and interdisciplinary study that wouldn't be possible at a single college. Combined, the five colleges offer roughly 6,000 courses to nearly 40,000 undergraduates. A free bus connects all the campuses. Students can also take advantage of cultural and co-curricular opportunities on the member campuses.

The consortium can be ideal for students who want a liberal arts or women's college experience, but worry about the limited opportunities (both social and academic) inherent to small schools. For students who attend UMass Amherst, the consortium allows them to experience the more intimate academic environment of a small college while attending a bustling university of nearly 30,000 students.

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Amherst College

Amherst College
Amherst College. Photo Credit: Allen Grove
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Hampshire College

Hampshire College
Hampshire College. redjar / Flickr
  • Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Acceptance Rate: 56.5%
  • Enrollment: 1,431
  • School Type: undergraduate liberal arts and sciences college
  • Distinguishing Features: Unusual approach to undergraduate education in which evaluation is qualitative, not quantitative, and students get to design their own majors working with an academic advisor
  • Learn more in the Hampshire College Profile
  • Admission: GPA, SAT, ACT Graph for Hampshire
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Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke College
Mount Holyoke College. John Phelan/Wikimedia Commons
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Smith College

Seelye Hall at Smith College
Seelye Hall at Smith College. Allen Grove
  • Location: Northampton, Massachusetts
  • Acceptance Rate: 38%
  • Enrollment: 2,874
  • School Type: liberal arts and sciences college for women
  • Distinguising Features:  One of the top women's colleges in the U.S.; impressive conservatory and botanic garden; famous alumnae include Gloria Steinem, Sylvia Plath, and Julia Child
  • Learn More in the Smith College Profile
  • Admission: GPA, SAT, ACT Graph for Smith
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University of Massachusetts at Amherst

University of Massachusetts at Amherst Student Union
University of Massachusetts at Amherst Student Union. Allen Grove
  • Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Enrollment: 29,269
  • School Type: comprehensive public university
  • Distinguishing Features: Highly ranked research university with strong graduate and undergraduate programs; tallest university library in the world; member of the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference
  • Learn More in the UMass Amherst Profile
  • Admission: GPA, SAT, ACT Graph for UMass
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Explore More Great Colleges in the Region

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If you don't find your dream school in the Five College Consortium, be sure to explore other great colleges and universities in the region:

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