The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Honors College COVID-19 Information


Due to heightened concerns about the spread of coronavirus and the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency in Massachusetts, UMass Amherst, along with the other four campuses in the UMass system, has suspended in-person instructions, meetings, and events. Amherst campus classes will be taught remotely using web, video, and teleconferencing tools that are available to faculty and are already being used in many classes. 

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To help alleviate some of the stresses caused by measures taken to move instruction to remote learning the University will be altering its grading mechanism.


Honors Advising Available via Zoom® Video Conferencing and Telephone

Drop-in hours at the Bloom Honors Advising Center will be canceled until further notice. 

Honors Advisors are still offering one-to-one advising sessions while our office is closed. You can schedule an appointment through Navigate, where you will have the option to select either a video or telephone advising session. Once you submit your request for an appointment, you will receive a confirmation email containing all the instructions you will need to follow in order to connect and begin your advising appointment.

If you have a quick question for the Honors Advising team, please send an email to at any time and we will get back to you within 48 hours.

Request Honors Advising Appointment


Campus Visits and In-person Information Sessions Canceled

Although we are unable to welcome interested students and families to campus at this time, we are in the process of developing alternative ways to provide all the information needed to make UMass Amherst and Commonwealth Honors College the destination of choice. In the meantime, we encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about the Honors College to explore our Why CHC webpage for immediate helpful information. 

Learn more about Commonwealth Honors College

Contact the Honors College Recruitment Team


Application Deadline for Honors Research Grants & Research Assistant Extended to Monday, April 13

Apply to conduct your own research, develop your analysis skills, or work with a professor! The student deadline for proposals has been extended to Monday, April 13,  at 11:59 pm. Students in the arts, music, dance, theater, English, History, etc. are strongly encouraged to apply!

Applications Available via CHC PATHS


International Scholars Program Application Deadline Extended to Wednesday, April 15 

The International Scholars Program (ISP) has extended the application deadline for new ISP students to Wednesday, April 15, before 11.59 PMLetters of recommendation are no longer required.

Please contact Madalina Akli, ISP director, with any questions about the application or the program or to set a remote advising meeting.

We look forward to reading your applications!

Download ISP Application


ONSA Online Scholarship Info Sessions and Individual Advising

The Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA) will offer virtual scholarship info sessions and individual advising appointments via Zoom or phone. The ONSA advisers are working remotely and are still actively supporting students.

For questions about national scholarships or ONSA, please email

ONSA will resume advising appointments on Monday, March 23. 

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