Five Colleges, Inc.

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Five Colleges, Inc. is a consortium of five campuses, 2,200 faculty members and 30,000 students in western Massachusetts. It was established in 1965 to promote the broad educational and cultural objectives of its member institutions, which include four private, liberal arts colleges and the Amherst campus of the state university. The consortium is an outgrowth of a highly successful collaboration in the 1950s among Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which resulted in the founding of a fifth institution, Hampshire College, in 1970.

Five Colleges, Incorporated promotes and administers long-term forms of cooperation that benefit faculty and staff members and students. These include:

Shared use of educational and cultural resources and facilities, including a joint automated library system, open cross registration, and open theater auditions;
Joint departments and programs;
Inter-campus transportation.
Their proximity to one another in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts favors Five College collaboration, as does their commitment to the liberal arts and to undergraduate education. Five Colleges, Incorporated is a longstanding member of the Association for Consortium Leadership (ACL), a national organization of consortia.

Jobs

Five College Job Fair
Category: Education
The Five College campuses of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and UMass Amherst are collaborating to offer job seekers one-stop shopping for more than 400 jobs.May 29, 2024 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Smith College Indoor Track Northampton Representatives from all five campuses will be available to discuss openings in a variety of departments, including:AdministrationCampus ...read more
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Phone:(413) 542-4000