Commonwealth Honors Program

Students at UMass Amherst 2015 Commonwealth Honors College Commencement Ceremony

Massachusetts is the only state in the country to offer an integrated network of honors programs throughout the public higher education system. There are Commonwealth Honors Programs in community colleges and state universities and on the campuses of the University of Massachusetts.

Approved Programs

In June 1997, the Board of Higher Education established a free-standing honors college of distinction at the University of Massachusetts Amherst called Commonwealth College. It has since approved Commonwealth Honors Programs at the following colleges in the public higher education system:


Information for Students

Students interested seeking admissions or transfer into these programs should contact the college for requirements.

Information for Schools

In order to begin a new Commonwealth Honors program, public higher education institutions must complete and submit the information outlined in the following documents: