The member institutions of the Five College consortium include top-ranked liberal arts colleges and a Division I research university; a young, unconventional campus and two of the oldest womens' colleges in the country. With the campuses linked by a free bus service, students are never more than a half hour from arriving at another campus to take a class, join an intramural club or socialize.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.