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Community of Scholars

Honors College students benefit from a tight-knit community, close ties with faculty, small Honors classes, value-added Honors Advising, and access to special programs, merit scholarships, and research grants.

Small Classes, Big Ideas

Honors College students reach beyond the boundaries of their academic majors, while advanced scholarship tracks provide students opportunities to contribute original knowledge to their fields of study.

Campus Full of Opportunities

Honors College students have access to the extensive resources of the University of Massachusetts Amherst — a large research university with roughly 100 majors and wide-ranging opportunities for student engagement.


Recent News


The UMass Office of Annual Giving spearheads this effort, but the success of the campaign is due in large part to the hundreds of grassroots fundraising efforts all over campus.


Joanna Buoniconti 21 recently reflected on her college experience in her Daily Hampshire Gazette column “UMass was the best school for me.”


Commonwealth Honors College alumna Jillian Bergman ’04, an ice cream-making hopeful–turned-documentarian (@jillyjills) has been selected as the alumni speaker for the 2021 Commonwealth Honors College Celebration of Excellence.


On April 20, 2021, Commonwealth Honors College co-sponsored “The Pandemic behind Bars: COVID in the US Prison System.” Moderated by University of Massachusetts journalism professor Razvan Sibii, the event welcomed five panelists from across the United States to reflect upon the immense, disproportionate effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on prison institutions across the United States.