These statistics pertain to students enrolled in Commonwealth Honors College.

  • Number of students that recently entered the Honors College:
    • Fall 2015 (entering first-years):   649
    • 2014-2015 (UMass students admitted as on-campus applicants):   478
  • Total number of Commonwealth Honors College students (fall 2015):   3,706

  • Percentage of UMass Amherst students in Commonwealth Honors College:   about 16%

  • Average honors class size:  17

  • Percentage of CHC students who self-identify as ALANA*:   22%

  • UMass faculty teaching honors courses:   317

  • Year Commonwealth College opened:   Fall 1999

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

  • Number of honors alums:  more than 12,000

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