At Commonwealth Honors College, we're about more than offering bright students a chance to tackle the most challenging courses with the most demanding professors. We're about more than helping motivated young people build their college resumes. We have built a curriculum and a community that reflects our core value: to promote responsible community engagement.


We encourage you to establish connections—between different fields of study, between theory and practice, between yourself and the people around you. We urge you to make a difference, too. Through our Community Engaged Research program, our students engage in and contribute to the community by studying topics of importance to communities.


And it’s not just honors students who are engaged with the community. Classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Community-Engaged Campus, UMass Amherst is among the nation’s leaders in promoting social responsibility and public service.