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Five College and STEP Courses

Take a Course at one of the other Five Colleges

One of the unique opportunities open to you as a UMass student is the ability to enroll in courses from the surrounding four colleges: Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College. Grades earned at the other four colleges are recorded and factored into your UMass Amherst GPA.

You may enroll in no more than 8 credits per college in a given semester. For example, you could take 8 credits at one college, 4 credits at a 2nd college and 4 credits at a third college. However, you must also be enrolled in at least one 3-credit course at UMass Amherst.

Registration for courses at the four colleges for undergraduate students is held in the Five College Interchange Office, 511 Goodell. You can enroll in 5 College courses during the first 2 weeks of registration, regardless of your UMass Amherst enrollment appointment. 

To learn if a course you are interested in taking at the five colleges will count toward the major, please contact Celeste.

Find STEP Courses

STEP (Secondary Teacher Education Program) prepares students who plan to teach English at the High School level. Learn more about STEP and teaching career paths.