Cross Registration Guidelines: Taking courses at another campus in the consortium

Generally, a student may take through the interchange any of the 6,000 undergraduate courses offered at the five institutions, so long as the course falls within the field of liberal arts as defined by the student's home campus. In addition, enrollment in some courses may be restricted by the campus offering the course; for example, in the case of courses limited to first year students or in the case of overenrolled courses or courses requiring the instructor’s permission (including some graduate courses).  Normally students do not begin taking courses through the interchange until after the first semester of freshman year.

Procedures

Requests for registration in courses on another campus are handled through the registration office of the student's home campus, following home campus procedures. Enrollment is not official until confirmed by the host campus via the campus online registration system. 

Students may request enrollment in a course at another campus during pre-registration, following procedures at their home campus. Requests to add or drop courses may be made during the student’s home campus add/drop period.  During the add/drop period, additional documentation and/or instructor permission may be required.

If permission is required for registration, consult with the instructor and provide proof of the instructor’s approval according to the home campus registrar’s policy.

Final grades are transmitted from the host campus (where the course was given) to the registrar at the student’s home campus in order to be recorded on the student's home campus transcript.

Interchange students must make arrangements to complete work missed due to any calendar differences between institutions.  They should do so at the start of term.  Instructors are not required to make these special arrangements.

Regulations

Students taking a course through the interchange are subject to the academic regulations of the hosting campus.  It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with the pertinent regulations of the host institution, including those for attendance, academic honesty, grading options (including incompletes), and deadlines for completing coursework and taking examinations.

Learn more about your home campus' policies on registering for courses at other campuses:

Amherst College
Hampshire College
Mount Holyoke College
Smith College
University of Massachusetts

If you are taking a course away from your home campus, please consult this important information from the host campus, including advice on arranging access to online course materials:

Amherst College
Hampshire College
Mount Holyoke College
Smith College
University of Massachusetts
 (See also: Important computer account information for Five College students taking UMass courses)

Transportation:

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