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Destination:
The Five College Area / Pioneer Valley
of Western Massachusetts

Amherst College & Hampshire College
Introduction

Lodging

Location

Norwottuck Rail Trail

Museums, Galleries, and the Arts

Attractions

Recreation

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Smith College

Amherst College and Hampshire College

Mount Holyoke College
Photo of Amherst College in the Five College Area / Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts

Amherst College

Amherst College, founded in 1821, is widely acknowledged as the nation's premier liberal arts college. The prestigious college's 1,000-acre campus borders downtown Amherst and enrolls about 1,600 students

Amherst College is home to several museums and exhibits that annually attract scholars and tourists alike. They include the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, poet Emily Dickinson's homestead, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Pratt Museum (a repository for fossils, minerals, and dinosaur tracks) and the renowned Mead Art Museum, which hosts traveling exhibitions in addition to housing a most impressive permanent collection.

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Photo of Hampshire College in the Five College Area / Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts

Hampshire College

Also in Amherst, the co-educational Hampshire College was created in 1965 as an alternative to traditional liberal arts schools. Here, students are provided the freedom to shape their own course of learning, which, has in turn, led to some of the most influential ideas in higher education. Hampshire's multi-disciplinary liberal arts curricula allow students to work with faculty in designing their own programs of study. That alone has earned Hampshire College a unique niche amongst America's colleges. Hampshire College's membership in the Five Colleges consortium gives it added distinction. The Hampshire College Art Gallery and the campus outdoor sculpture collection are open to students, townspeople, and visitors alike, with free admission.

The Five College Area
Bed & Breakfast Association
P.O. Box 3252, Amherst, MA 01004
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Amherst
Ashfield
Belchertown
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Chesterfield
Conway
Cummington
Deerfield
Easthampton
Goshen
Granby
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Hadley
Hatfield
Huntington
Leverett
New Salem
Northampton
Pelham
Plainfield
Shutesbury
South Hadley
Southampton
Springfield
Sunderland
Westhampton
Whately
Williamsburg
Worthington
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Introduction ..... Lodging .... Norwottuck Rail Trail ..... Museums, Galleries, and the Arts ..... Attractions ..... Recreation ..... University of Massachusetts at Amherst ..... Smith College ..... Amherst College and Hampshire College ..... Mount Holyoke College


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