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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.

Celebration of Excellence

Thursday, May 13, 6:00 p.m.

Find details about the virtual Honors Convocation ceremony and see photos, videos, and more from the annual Celebration of Excellence.

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


The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation announced the national awardees last week and UMass Amherst has three Goldwater scholars among four nominees (four is the maximum number of applications that each institution can put forward). The Goldwater scholars from UMass Amherst are all Commonwealth Honors College juniors committed to a career in STEM research.


Four Commonwealth Honors College Students were named as Rising Researchers for the Fall 2020 semester. The Rising Researcher program celebrates students who excel in research, scholarship or creative activity.


The 29 Who Shine is a group of outstanding Massachusetts public college and university graduates to be honored by Governor Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education during a YouTube livestream event on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 2 p.m.

Mt. Ida

If you’re considering an internship in the Boston area, as a UMass Amherst student you can take advantage of our Mount Ida Campus in Newton, Mass.