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Get the latest information about UMass Amherst’s Reopening plans for spring 2021 and the campus-wide response to the coronavirus pandemic. Campus-wide updates including answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) are now available.


Learn to make a difference in the world

The Honors Curriculum challenges you to find connections between theory and practice.


The latest communication and resources for the Honors Community.

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

2020 Awardees

Commonwealth Honors College is happy to celebrate the outstanding achievements of its 2020 scholarship award recipients in the 2020 Commonwealth Honors College Scholarship Award Virtual Celebration. This year, Commonwealth Honors awarded over 200 scholarships totaling more than $350,000.


Commonwealth Honors Dean and Professor Mari Castañeda will be teaching the common experience course "What's the Big Idea?: How Innovative Thinking Can Change the World" this Spring 2021.

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The Abraham Bohn Children of Veterans Scholarship endowment fund will support undergraduates who are children of deceased or disabled veterans as they work toward their degree at UMass. The endowed fund was established by Larry Bohn ’74 with a $1 million gift, plus $500,000 in incentives from the state.


The Student Advisory Board provides feedback and recommendations to the Dean regarding the College’s teaching, research, and outreach missions, especially as it relates to student success.