UMass Amherst is a part of what is known as the Five Colleges, along with Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith Colleges. All Five Colleges are located within a 10 mile radius of Amherst center, and are accessible
by public bus. Students attending any of the Five Colleges have access to the facilities of all five, for example they may borrow
books from any of the libraries and can take courses at all five schools. Some undergraduate or graduate departments are
shared among the five, including the astronomy department (
) and students have the opportunity to work with professors from
any of the schools.