About Us

Are you a high-achieving student seeking the personalized experience of a small college with the resources, faculty, and student life of a national research university?

If so, our honors and scholars programs are a great fit.

Honors and scholars programs offer outstanding students the research opportunities of a leading university along with specialized curricula, small discussion-based classes, personal attention, and membership in a community of scholars. Honors courses covering a wide range of topics—from the arts to the sciences—are designed and taught by top faculty members from across the university. Our community nurtures and supports academic excellence through living and learning communities, study abroad experiences, co-curricular activities, research guidance, and honors advising.

The Chancellor’s Honors Program (CHP) is the University of Tennessee’s largest university-wide honors program. Founded in 1985, CHP membership is approximately 5 to 10% of undergraduate students.

Admission to the program is highly selective and usually occurs when students matriculate from high school. The typical entering Chancellor’s Honors student has excelled in a rigorous high school curriculum and demonstrated exceptional leadership potential. Standardized test performance is also taken into consideration.

The average composite ACT score for this year’s CHP class was 32. This places the average UT honors student in the top 1% of Tennessee students and the top 2% of students nationally.

Current University of Tennessee students as well as transfer students are encouraged to apply to the program granting that they have achieved the eligibility benchmarks.

In recognition of their specialized course work, faculty-mentored independent scholarship, international & intercultural learning, and exceptional academic performance, Chancellor’s Honors students earn an honors-designated diploma and are bestowed an Honors Medallion. Chancellor’s Honors students often earn membership in one or more college and department-sponsored honors programs and provide leadership for a variety of UT student organizations, honors societies, and community outreach efforts.