Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke and Smith College students must contact the registrar's office at their home school for information on how to participate in the Five College Interchange.
As a Five College student coming to UMass, you are automatically issued a NetID when you register for a class through the Five College registration process. No other account application process is required. Your logon credentials will be sent to your home college email account as provided on the interchange form: You must activate your account, which will then provide you access to SPIRE, email, etc, at UMass.
You should check the UMass Academic Calendar, so that you are aware of any holidays or other schedule differences between the UMass calendar and your home campus calendar.
As a Five College student, you will have access to certain features of SPIRE. You will logon using your NetID and associated password. You will be limited to changing your personal information, including emergency contacts, and viewing grades. You will not be able to add or drop courses or request a transcript.
Also note that the NetID email mentioned above also will include your 8 digit SPIRE ID. This is a useful number for you to know; it is helpful if you have a registration problem that needs the Registrar's Office to fix.