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The latest communication and resources for the Honors Community.

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


Shannon Silva, a junior biology major and Commonwealth Honors student, was recently awarded the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.


As doctors across the country prepare to counter the coronavirus, some UMass Medical students are choosing to graduate early in order to contribute to that fight. One such student is Commonwealth Honors College's Kendra Lastowka, who was featured on April 1, alongside fellow UMass student Taylor Shortsleeve on NBC's Today show.

Today reporter Al Roker interviewed the two students on their decision to graduate early. 


The latest communication and resources for the Honors Community.

Robert N. Pollin

On Tuesday, March 31, distinguished professor of economics Robert N. Pollin will deliver this year's Daffodil Lecture on Sustainability and the Environment. 

Commonwealth Honors College 20th Anniversary

Celebrating 20 Years of Ideas, Scholarship, and Community.