What is the Commonwealth Honors Program (CHP)?

The Commonwealth Honors Program provides students in the state’s public colleges and universities with an intellectually stimulating educational foundation for becoming independent thinkers and lifelong learners. CHP seeks to provide opportunities for students to excel academically in a rich and challenging environment and to develop a community of scholars that is inclusive and that builds on the strength of the College community’s diversity.

Completing your degree within the Commonwealth Honors Program at BHCC designates you as a Commonwealth Honors Program Scholar and guarantees your transfer, if you qualify, to the Commonwealth College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst or to an honors program at any Massachusetts state college or university where you have been accepted. Students in the CHP can also participate in the Commonwealth Transfer Compact, the Joint Admissions Program and the Tuition Advantage Program for transfer to four-year public colleges and universities. Participation in this program will also enhance applications to private four-year institutions.


Why Enroll in the Commonwealth Honors Program?

  • Interesting topics and smaller classes in the Honors seminars and courses.
  • You can use the Commonwealth Honors Center located in Room E145, on the Charlestown campus, to meet with other Honors students and conduct research in a quiet environment.
  • You will enhance your transfer applications and scholarship opportunities.
  • You will be able to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor.
  • You may be eligible for an Honors Scholarship.
  • You may transfer automatically, if you qualify, into Honors programs at Massachusetts’ public universities and colleges, including the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  • You will receive Honors designation on your transcript for courses in which you have completed Honors contracts.
  • You will have a chance to attend regional and national meetings of the National Collegiate Honors Council.
  • You may choose to present your research project and participate in the statewide Undergraduate Conference.