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Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst

Learn to make a difference in the world

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

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


Apply to the Sustainability Innovation & Engagement Fund (SIEF) by February 14 for grant money to fund your idea for a sustainability project on campus.


The School of Public Policy will host a beta test of the NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition. All UMass students, grad and undergrad, from all fields, are invited to apply.


Space still available for M&I-ENG  397DH Fundamentals of Data Visualization


Space still available for THEATER  105: Drama and the Media - Performing Mythologies in the Contemporary World

Commonwealth Honors College 20th Anniversary

Celebrating 20 Years of Ideas, Scholarship, and Community.