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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


Bryanna Freitas, Hadley Beauregard, and Hailey Charest were awarded for their product Bac-Be-Gone.

Amir Issaa

Amir Issaa, an Italian activist, performed and spoke about the discrimination he faced and what he used to cope with it: rap.


The Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA) is still advising on the Boren Scholarship. Campus deadline for applications is December 10th, 2019! 

prof tyson

From October 5 to October 11, UMass Commonwealth Honors College’s emeritus professor of chemistry, Julian Tyson, participated in the World Veterans Fencing Championship 2019 in Cairo, Egypt.

Commonwealth Honors College 20th Anniversary

Celebrating 20 Years of Ideas, Scholarship, and Community.