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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

Now Hiring!

Looking for work? Want to join a talented team of creative individuals? The Commonwealth Honors College communications team is hiring for three student staff positions.

Chaitra Gopalappa, PhD

Chaitra Gopalappa, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, and her team were awarded a $1.2-million grant to assess the effectiveness of public health initiatives and investments in targeting a variety of chronic diseases. 

Welcome Students and Family

Commonwealth Honors College welcomes returning students back to campus, as well as transfers and those entering as part of the class of 2023. 

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy

Students, family, friends, and faculty gathered for the 2019 Commonwealth Honors College Induction Ceremony, recognizing its 20th incoming class.  

Commonwealth Honors College 20th Anniversary

Celebrating 20 Years of Ideas, Scholarship, and Community.