Welcome to the website of the Five College Consortium!
As you’ll find when you explore these pages, Five Colleges exists to help our member campuses experiment, take risks, and save money. But our overriding goal is to build a robust community in which to live, work, and study.
We do this by bringing people together: professors, students, administrators, local leaders, even our college presidents. Some of our efforts are well-known, such as open cross-registration and a free bus service. But we also help the campuses pursue goals behind the scenes, such as by building a 55-mile fiber optic internet network, managing a joint library repository, and operating a shared risk management office, to name just a few examples.
And now, as our five remarkable institutions wrestle with issues unlike anything they’ve seen in a century, collaboration is more important than ever. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve convened cross-campus teams to share news and information on the coronavirus, on remote instruction and vaccine requirements and reopening protocols. These teams have also been meeting with hospital directors, business owners, legislators, and epidemiologists. But over that same time, the very collaborations that keep this consortium going--of faculty members facilitating academic programs, of administrators sharing their work in admissions, development, and IT--have continued. Evidence of all this consortial effort can be found in these pages.