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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

Deepika Singh

After graduation, Deepika Singh plans to spend two years in Cambodia with the Peace Corps teaching English, and then go onto law school to study international relations.

Commonwealth Honors College Celebration of Excellence

Dean Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina told graduates, "You are an unstoppable force!"

Deepika Sing

Deepika Singh, political science and Middle Eastern studies double major, has been selected to be the student speaker at the 2019 Celebration of Excellence. 

UMass Gives campaign logo

Thanks to the generosity of the Honors College community, $25,735 was raised over the course of two days.

Commonwealth Honors College 20th Anniversary

Celebrating 20 Years of Ideas, Scholarship, and Community.