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Five College Guidelines

Smith Students Studying at the Five Colleges

Students must follow the registration add/drop deadlines of their home institutions. 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, and deadlines for completing coursework and taking examinations.

Course Credits

Course credit is earned according to the value awarded by the host institution. Full-credit courses at Amherst and Hampshire Colleges are awarded the equivalent value of similar courses at Smith, normally 4 credits.

Effective for Fall 2016 registration: courses at UMass will be awarded the credit value assigned by that institution. For example, a UMass course bearing 3.00 credits will be recorded on the Smith transcript at 3.00 credits.

Students registering for courses weighted at fewer than 4.00 credits should bear in mind that they may need to make up credits resulting from this potential shortfall. Requests for adjustments of credit from UMass courses taken in prior terms will not be permitted.

Students planning to begin the study of a language on another campus should be aware that, depending on the credit policies of the comparable Smith department, credit may not be awarded for the first semester of some introductory languages until the equivalent of the full year is completed.

Five College Supervised Independent Language Program (FCSILP).  Credit for level I courses is not awarded until completion of levels II or higher. Language distribution is not awarded until complete of level IV or higher

Dropping a Course

Use BannerWeb to drop Five College courses during add/drop or submit a drop form to the class deans' office by the appropriate deadline.


A Five College incomplete (grade of "I") is equivalent to a failing grade and is calculated as such until a final grade is submitted. An incomplete grade at some institutions will be converted to a failing grade on the student's official record if course work is not completed by the end of the following semester.


The submission of a Five College application requires the exchange of personal information with the other campus, including the social security number. All information is released to the host registrar only and is kept confidential as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

End of Semester Travel Plans

When making travel plans, please keep in mind that all students must complete examinations according to the schedule of the host campus. The examination schedule for each campus can be found on the Five College Academic Calendar.

Five College Meal Exchange

In support of Five College academic opportunities, a dining meal exchange is available for students enrolled in a meal plan at their home institution. For weekday lunch, Monday through Friday, there is an open interchange of meals. Dinner or weekend meals may be allowed at another campus in a specified dining facility if the student provides proof of taking a class or being involved in an extracurricular activity such as a performance. Each campus has designated dining locations that Five College students are assigned to for the approved meal exchange on weekends and for dinner.

For more information, contact the Dining Services at 585-2300 or e-mail eherring@smith.edu.

Graduating Seniors and Graduate Students

Graduating seniors and graduate students taking Five College courses in the spring semester should make special note of the examination schedule at the other campuses.

Graduating students are permitted to participate as normal in all commencement ceremonies, but will not receive their diplomas until all grades have been recorded. Students should be advised that there is no obligation on the part of faculty at other colleges to make alternative arrangements or give exams early.

If undergraduate seniors are eligible for Latin honors, their GPA will be recalculated once the record is complete. If awarded, the notation will be added to the diploma, but may not be included in commencement program because of publications deadlines.

Five College Students Studying at Smith

Students who are unable to attend the first class meeting and wish to be considered for a space in the course should contact the instructor directly prior to the start of classes: Smith College campus directory.

All students enrolled in Smith courses are required to abide by the Smith Honor Code.


Students closed out of limited enrollment courses at the time of preregistration may be placed on a waitlist. Students interested in pursuing admission must attend the first class meeting and obtain the permission of the instructor and re-submit their request to their home institution.

Special Studies

Interchange students enrolling in a special studies at Smith College must complete the special studies form.

Access to Online Course Material/Moodle

To log into Moodle:
Go to moodle.smith.edu
Click Login and choose your home institution logo
Use your home school credentials to login.

For technical issues please contact ITS:
4its@smith.edu or call 413-585-4487.

Moodle accounts are automatically generated for preregistered students.

Students who are adding courses at the beginning of the semester and need immediate access to course materials in Moodle should visit the Smith registrar's office to process a temporary registration in the course. Once your temporary registration has been processed, you will receive an email confirming access to the Moodle course.  Students are still required to officially register through their home institutions.

Smith Calendar

Smith classes are rarely canceled due to inclement weather. Students should consult the Smith College Information Line (585-4636) for current information on delayed college openings, early closings or other events.

There are special holidays or events for which some or all classes are canceled. View the Smith College academic calendar for such occasions: Mountain Day*, Otelia Cromwell Day, and Rally Day.

*Mountain Day is a surprise break from classes. The president chooses a beautiful fall day and announces the holiday by ringing the college bells. Classes and academic appointments scheduled before 7 p.m. are canceled. Evening classes, films, lectures and other events will be held as planned. Mountain Day is usually held in late September, early October before autumn recess.

Five College students should check the Smith Web site or call the college's INFO line (585-INFO) after 7 a.m. for the status.


Interchange students can elect the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option by completing the Change of Grading Option form found on the forms page and submit it by the posted deadline.

A grade of C- or higher is required to earn an S (satisfactory).

Final Examinations

Final examinations at Smith College are primarily self-scheduled and administered during a scheduled exam period at the end of the semester.

Students are not permitted to complete examinations early and are not permitted to make special arrangements with faculty to complete exams outside the examination period. Students are permitted to stay in their campus housing even if their campus closes before the Smith exams.

Five College students making their end-of-the-semester travel arrangements should be sure that their plans do not conflict with the Smith examination schedule.

More information on Smith College examinations is available here.


Only a Smith College class dean may authorize an extension for any reason beyond the end of the final examination period. Individual instructors may only grant extensions on work due during the semester through the last day of final exams.

Any Five College student who, for reasons of illness, emergency or extenuating personal circumstances, cannot complete their work by the end of the semester must request an extension through the Smith College class deans office.