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Students at the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts study together

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

Student walking down stairs at Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts

Every time winter break comes around, I never know what to do: there’s just so much free time on my hands! And that got me thinking, how do I use all this time? With how busy a semester can get, there are a lot of things I end up axing from my schedule (apologies to my messed-up sleep schedule). Wouldn’t this be the perfect time to catch up on all that I missed?

Blue, white, and yellow rectangles and text reading 2023 Mass URC Information session

Over 70 faculty and undergraduate students met virtually Tuesday, November 29th, to attend the Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference (MassURC) 2023 Info Session. In this session, students were able to hear from three fellow students, conference assistants Anisha Prathi ‘25, Annika Berlin ‘24, and Ava Fiorino ‘24, about the research conference.

Photo of Ximena Gómez at the University of Massachusetts

Students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall on Thursday, November 17th to share pizza and listen to Ximena Gómez, a professor of History of Art and Architecture at UMass Amherst. Gómez presented her talk titled ‘Art History Without Art? Identifying Black and Indigenous Artistic Contributions.’


Dr. Thomas Burke speaks at the University of Massachusetts

On October 28, 2022, Commonwealth Honors College hosted “Innovating for Global Health Transformation”, a lecture by Thomas Burke MD ’84, FACEP, FRSM, the 2022 recipient of the UMass Alumni Honors Distinguished Leader Award. This honor is bestowed upon alumni who have made meaningful and significant strides forward in their chosen sectors, and who have received recognition for their contributions. Dr. Burke has made monumental advancements in the fields of medicine, technology, and global health.