Program Advantages

Requirements for Graduation

  • Use the Commonwealth Honors Center (E-145) for studying, relaxing and for connecting with other Commonwealth Honors Students.
  • Work with your professors on an individual Honors Project in a regular course and receive Honors Program credit for that course.
  • Take Honors designated courses and receive Honors Program credit for those courses. Honors designated classes are based on a regular course, but the course objectives and the learning outcomes are considerably higher.
  • Explore intriguing topics and create your own research project in one of the Honors Seminars. The Seminars are an intense, multi-disciplinary course based around a theme, which students will explore through multiple perspectives.
  • Present your research done in the Honors Seminar or other Honors courses by participating in the statewide Undergraduate Research Conference at UMass Amherst. This conference occurs in late April every year.
  • Enhance your transfer applications and scholarship opportunities as a member of the Commonwealth Program, and particularly as a graduate of the program.

Transfer Opportunities

Commonwealth Honors scholars are guaranteed transfer to the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. You will also be accepted into the Commonwealth Honors Program at any state college or university that is a member of the statewide program. Students in the Commonwealth Honors Program 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 in Massachusetts.

Participation in the program will also enhance applications to private four year institutions. Members of the Commonwealth Honors Program have transferred to prestigious schools such as Tufts University, Wellesley College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University.