Your Life

Commonwealth Honors College student life

Your Life

Your Commonwealth Honors College experience offers unique opportunities to engage with faculty members, develop life-long learning skills, and join a vibrant intellectual and social world. 

A Student Painting

Honors Living-Learning Community

The Honors Living-Learning Community is an extension of the rich cultural and research-centered environment that is UMass Amherst. Honors College offers special opportunities to connect with other Honors College students, become better acquainted with faculty members, and participate in the life of your Honors community. Meet faculty at our regular informal gatherings. Gain networking and professional development skills through our workshops and information sessions. Globalize your mind through our special lectures, events, and international programming. Consider living in the new residence halls of the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community (CHCRC).


A Vibrant Living-Learning Community

Honors Residential Academic Programs (RAPs)

Many Honors College first-year students participate in Honors Residential Academic Programs (RAPs). In these Honors RAPs, you live together on the same floor and take one or two classes together, often with related themes. Honors RAPs are housed in first-year residence halls in the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community (CHCRC).

Commonwealth Honors College Events

Special programming throughout the year provides Honors College students, across disciplines, opportunities to gain insight into cutting-edge scholarship, to foster global perspectives and diverse viewpoints, and to promote dialogue about contemporary issues.

A Top College Town

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.”

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We believe that our Honors Living-Learning Community is most beneficial when it encompasses the widest range of voices, ideas, disciplines, and backgrounds, and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our students, faculty, and staff.

Commonwealth Honors College embraces the UMass Amherst values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness, and is invested in the success and well-being of every individual in our community.

Our Honors College student population reflects the overall diversity at UMass Amherst and has been steadily rising. Our efforts to promote equity and inclusion support the University's Diversity Mission, which includes a commitment to inclusion of historically underrepresented groups and a belief that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence.