Commonwealth Honors Dean and Professor Mari Castañeda will be teaching the common experience course "What's the Big Idea?: How Innovative Thinking Can Change the World" this Spring 2021.


The Student Advisory Board provides feedback and recommendations to the Dean regarding the College’s teaching, research, and outreach missions, especially as it relates to student success.


The Honors College is currently accepting applications for Honors Research Grants and Research Assistant Fellowships. Application deadline extended: October 12, 2020, at 11:59 PM. 


The Library is online and ready to help you Monday Friday, 9 a.m. 7 p.m. via Ask Us, Chat, and email. Library facilities are open for contactless pickup and appointment-only services.


The UMass Undergraduate Admissions department is hiring tour guides for the 2020-21 academic year.


Our new dean, Mari Castañeda, sat down for an evening discussion with Honors student, Claire Healy '21. In her down-to-earth conversation, Dean Castañeda talks about her career before and at UMass, her interests and hobbies, and what she wants to accomplish as dean of Commonwealth Honors. 

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Dear Honors Students,

I am excited to join the Commonwealth Honors College community as your new dean. As a professor, first-generation college student, and mother of a Commonwealth Honors graduate, I am very committed to undergraduate education and providing students the opportunity to delve deeply in their studies.


Are you considering a career in public service? Are you interested in learning more about leadership? Do you want to gain hands-on experience, expand your professional network, learn from professionals in your career, and jump-start your career? Join UMass Women into Leadership (UWiL)!


The For Freedoms Student Organizing Committee seeks to engage the community at large with programming for We Are For Freedoms, a multi-media exhibition at the UMCA opening in Spring 2021 featuring work of local artists in partnership with For Freedoms, a national non-profit arts platform for creative civic engagement, discourse and direct action.

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Commonwealth Honors Dean Mari Castañeda issued an announcement on the upcoming fall semester on July 8, 2020.