About Us

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

Program Overview

The Chancellor’s Honors Program is built upon four pillars: courses, community, research, and Ready for the World. To facilitate their exceptional academic ambitions, Chancellor’s Honors students also receive priority in course and housing registration as well as enhanced library privileges.  The Chancellor’s Honors Program distributes funds annually on a competitive basis in support of undergraduate research and international and intercultural learning.

In order to earn an honors-designated UT diploma, students must complete the Honors First-Year Experience and a set of subsequent honors-designated course work.  In total, Chancellor’s Honors students earn a minimum of 25-credit hours within the context of their typical 120-hour undergraduate degree program.

While most of this course work enhances and enriches General Education, Chancellor’s Honors students must also complete a 3-credit hour Honors Thesis project, the result of faculty-mentored independent scholarship.  Honors Thesis projects are the Chancellor’s Honors student’s crowning academic achievement.

Chancellor’s Honors students also complete a “Ready for the World” requirement.  Our students may spend a May mini-term at Cambridge and Oxford studying the history of the university, a fall semester taking a full range of courses at the University of Wales Swansea or at UT’s permanent site in Central London, a summer in Vietnam studying the sociology of Southeast Asia, or complete one of many other international or intercultural experiences.

Back at home, Chancellor’s Honors students participate in high-profile forms of community outreach. Whether via honors service-learning course work, UT’s Clinic Vols, or community service sponsored by the Honors Council, Chancellor’s Honors students are involved across the campus and throughout the community.

Finally, the Honors Community learning/living collaboration is centered in Morrill Hall.  First-year and returning Chancellor’s Honors students join one another in the Honors Community to enrich their collegiate experience via common activities and shared experiences.  The arts, speakers, outings, sports, special meals—the Honors Community is so much more than an honors residence hall.  The Honors Community is where our students grow in ways they will always cherish; it’s where they receive support for their academic ambitions; it’s where they make friends for a lifetime.