Admissions & Aid


Although we are unable to welcome you to campus at this time, we are offering alternative ways for students admitted to UMass Amherst and their families to learn more about our living and learning community. Through virtual information sessions, students and families who would like to make Commonwealth Honors College their destination of choice have a chance to speak with members of the Honors College, who can share first-hand experiences and knowledge about resources available. 

Commonwealth Honors College

Admissions & Aid

Do you have a passion for learning? Are you looking for an immersive educational experience? Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst is a living and learning community that will inspire you to explore your ideas to their fullest and to develop your analytical abilities.

Application Information

As a prospective first-year or transfer student, all you need to do is complete your application to UMass Amherst. The UMass Admissions Office oversees all application, financial aid, and scholarship decisions for all students new to UMass Amherst. You will be informed if you are invited to join Commonwealth Honors College as part of your acceptance letter.

If you are a current UMass Amherst student, you must apply to Commonwealth Honors College.

CHC Students

Small Classes, Residential Community

As an Honors College student, you’ll have access to small, discussion-based classes, especially in your first year. You will be able to join a residential community where you live with students who are as excited about learning as you are.

Commonwealth Honors College students

Supporting Your Intellectual Journey

The Commonwealth Honors College experience integrates with your academic interests and provides an engaged community that helps expand your intellectual explorations. Commonwealth Honors College offers enhanced advising, intellectually stimulating classes, and a supportive framework—and funding opportunities—to enable you to complete an Honors Thesis, the culmination of your learning experience at UMass Amherst.

Explore Why CHC for immediate helpful information.



Designed for intellectually curious students who are passionate about creating new knowledge—and about making a difference in their fields of study and in their communities.