These statistics pertain to students enrolled in Commonwealth Honors College.

  • Number of students that recently entered the Honors College:
    • Fall 2018 (entering first-years):   625
    • 2018 (UMass students admitted as on-campus applicants):   398
  • Total number of Commonwealth Honors College students (fall 2018):   3,373

  • Percentage of UMass Amherst students in Commonwealth Honors College:   about 15%

  • Average honors class size:  15

  • Percentage of CHC students who self-identify as ALANA*:   27%

  • UMass faculty teaching honors courses:   200

  • Year Commonwealth College opened:   Fall 1999

  • Year the college name changed to Commonwealth Honors College:    Spring 2010

  • Number of honors alums:  more than 13,000

Earliest records of honors education at UMass Amherst:
1894 - first honors thesis
1960 - first campus-wide honors program that incorporated the arts & sciences as well as the professional schools

*African, Latin American, Asian, or Native American