UMass Elevates Honors Program with New Living & Learning Community

Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community, UMass Amherst


The first of its kind at UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community (CHCRC) sits in the heart of campus and creates a place for honors students to call home and for all of the campus to enjoy. The seven-building CHCRC is designed to accommodate 572 first-year honors students and offers 807 suites and apartments for multi-year students.

The honors college on the state’s flagship campus has been around since 1999, offering the most talented students small seminars, special events, and the opportunity to live on an honors freshman floor. But it had no physical home within the city-size university.

That changed this fall when UMass debuted the new center, the largest capital project in campus history. The new complex has 1,380 beds, enough to house about half of the honors students. About 13 percent of all undergraduates are in the honors program.

All honors freshmen were given the option to live in one of the two freshman halls of single, double, and triple rooms. Another 900 beds in suites and apartments are for upperclassmen.

Then there are nine classrooms, administrative offices, two faculty apartments, and a 24-hour café with a brick pizza oven.


William Rawn Associates

Size / Cost

512,000 SF / $192 million