CHC students


As a Commonwealth Honors College student at UMass Amherst, you have the best of both worlds—the personalized experience of a small scholarly community and the resources of a major research university. 

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.

Campus Full of Opportunities

As an Honors College student, your world encompasses both the personalized experience of a small scholarly community and the extensive resources of the larger UMass Amherst community. Take advantage of all the cultural, athletic, and social activities that UMass Amherst offers. Consider serving in student government and playing on a sports team writing for the Daily Collegian, running a student business, being a member of the marching band, joining a fraternity or sorority, or discovering a new interest.

Inside a residence hall at Commonwealth Honors College

Our Honors Living-Learning Community enables you to live with other Honors College students in a residential setting that promotes academic achievement. 

Commonwealth Honors College student life

Unique opportunities to engage with faculty members, develop life-long learning skills, and join a vibrant intellectual and social world.

Your Team Helps You Succeed.

Meet the team of Commonwealth Honors College faculty and staff dedicated to academic excellence.

About the Amherst Area

Amherst offers the perfect blend of New England beauty and cosmopolitan culture—that's why it's been named one of the “top college towns in North America.” Downtown Amherst and nearby Northampton are home to galleries, boutiques, coffee shops, fine dining, international cuisine, and independent bookstores. You will benefit from the array of lectures, films, live arts and entertainment, concerts, and other events throughout the Pioneer Valley. Hiking trails and bike paths are minutes away from campus, and the fall foliage attracts visitors from all over the country. But when it's time to get away, Bradley International Airport, New York City, and Boston are all within easy reach.

Learn more about living in Amherst

UMass Campus Aerial Photo of Library and Chapel

Five College Consortium   

Take classes at any of the Five College Consortium campuses at no additional cost. Attend events and concerts, use the libraries, join a club, audition for a play, or grab a meal using your meal card. Bus service between the campuses is free.