The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Honors College COVID-19 Information


On October 23, 2020, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy announced updates to the Spring 2021 Campus re-opening plan in an e-mail to students. The full report, including answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs), are now available.


Changes to Honors Thesis Procedures

ALL students hoping to participate in a face-to-face 499Y/T/P or course MUST contact their faculty sponsor as soon as possible to discuss their spring 2021 Honors Thesis proposal plans.

Commonwealth Honors College is preparing for further remote courses taking place during the spring 2021 semester. As a result, we have made changes to the Individually Contracted Honors Thesis (499Y/T/P) and Honors Independent Study (ISH) procedures, and we want to provide you with updated information, including deadline modifications.

The 499Y/T/P or ISH courses affected are those in which students will be performing their research or projects in person and on campus, and are approved (or will be approved) to work in a lab (or other space on campus) because they are included in their faculty sponsor’s lab/studio Research and Libraries Operating Plan (RLOP). Additionally, in order for a student to be included in an RLOP, the course associated with this research must also be designated as “face-to-face.”

If you are planning to take a face-to-face 499Y/T/P or ISH course that requires approval and registration through the Honors College, the deadline for submission of face-to-face 499Y/T/P and ISH proposals to PATHS is November 15

  • Please note that students who are submitting face-to-face proposals on PATHS by November 15 will be able to upload additional material (such as another draft of the literature review in a 499T/P proposal) after the review process begins. The reviewers will take the earlier submission date into account.

If you are planning to take a remote 499Y/T/P or ISH course through the Honors College, the deadline for submission of remote 499Y/T/P and ISH proposals to PATHS is December 10.

We encourage you to discuss spring planning with your faculty/thesis sponsor ASAP to ensure that your uploaded proposal has already been reviewed and revised as needed. This will help move your proposal through the PATHS system with minimum delay.

Please do not hesitate to contact an Honors advisor at if you have further questions.

Honors Advising Available via Zoom® Video Conferencing and Telephone

During this unique time, we want to remind you that Honors advisors are here for you throughout the semester. We are trained to discuss a variety of topics beyond Honors College requirements—there are no wrong questions. If we don’t have an answer, we’ll work with you to find someone who does. Let us know how we can support you!

Honors Advisors are available for:

  • Individual advising sessions — you can schedule an appointment through Navigate.  
  • Drop-in advising hours to help students with time-sensitive questions on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up for drop-in advising

Answering a quick question at any time. If you send an email to, 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



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

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