New For 2014

New and Very Cool Residence Halls


This summer our residential program moves into the brand new, air-conditioned Commonwealth Residence Hall complex.

In addition, we will be offering evening workshops located in some of the newly outfitted classrooms located in the central area. There is also a new cafĂ© for students to get snacks or grab a quick meal with friends. The Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community  has close proximity to the library, Campus Recreation Center, Student Union, Campus Center, Mullins Center, and Intramural fields.


New Evening Activities


Summer College is pleased to add to its series of free workshops and activities offered in the evenings:


College Prep Workshops

College Prep workshops aim to help Summer College participants search for, select and apply to colleges and choose majors. The four workshops will be offered two evenings a week during each intensive and will include presentations by the Financial Aid office at UMASS Amherst and round table discussions with admissions representatives from the Five College Consortium, which includes: Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and UMass Amherst. These workshops were developed with assistance from the UMASS School of Education and member institutions from the Association of University Summer Sessions.


Stress Management Workshops

College life is fun, busy, intense and sometimes stressful.  Join in this one-hour workshop dedicated to helping you relax and manage the pressure.



For all levels of practice these workshops offer a place for you to learn and to give balance and proportion to every aspect of your life. As an ancient system of breathing practices, physical exercise, postures and meditation, the practice of yoga is intended to promote integration of the mind, body and spirit. These workshops will be sponsored by the Campus Recreation center (a short walk from your residence hall). 


Healthy Eating

Sponsored by the Kinesiology Department, these workshops focus on how to develop healthy eating habits that will support you during the early transition to campus.


Weekend Field Trips


Optional weekend excursions to Six Flags New England and Boston are organized during each intensive. Possible activities for Boston include a Duck Boat tour, a tour of Harvard campus or MIT, the Museum of Science, whale watching, lunch at the Prudential Center food court, and dinner and free time at Fanueil Hall.