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Fall Reopening

Get the latest information about UMass Amherst’s Reopening plans for fall 2020 and the campus-wide response to the coronavirus pandemic.

View detail of the campus reopening plan


Learn to make a difference in the world

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


2020 Commonwealth Honors College Plenary Lecture

Professor Scott Auerbach of UMass Amherst’s chemistry and chemical engineering departments will deliver the 2020 Commonwealth Honors College Plenary Lecture on September 21, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.

Learn more about the Plenary Lecture 

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


IntelliVen, a leading executive team development organization led by Commonwealth Honors alum Peter DiGiammarino, has partnered with the University Without Walls (UWW) program to provide an immersive online development program for leadership teams.


Our new dean, Mari Castañeda, sat down for an evening discussion with Honors student, Claire Healy '21. In her down-to-earth conversation, Dean Castañeda talks about her career before and at UMass, her interests and hobbies, and what she wants to accomplish as dean of Commonwealth Honors. 


Sabrina Victor ’18 was recently named Miss Massachusetts USA. The Miss Universe Organization empowers women to develop the confidence they need to achieve their personal best in order to make real change throughout local, state, and global communities.


On August 23, 2020, the Commonwealth Honors College inducted 682 first-year and transfer students in a virtual ceremony. The Honors College Induction Ceremony welcomes new students each year as they begin their academic journey at Commonwealth Honors. This year’s inducted class includes students from twenty-five states and twenty-three countries across many academic disciplines.


The latest communication and resources for the Honors Community.