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Chancellor’s Honors Program

The Chancellor’s Honors Program (CHP) is UT’s largest university-wide honors program. Founded in 1985, CHP membership is approximately 8% of the university’s undergraduates and serves students majoring in every discipline offered by the university.

Our Mission

The mission of the CHP is to contribute to excellence in undergraduate education by enriching and enhancing the degree programs of selected undergraduate students.

This mission is supported by the program’s core values:

  • Intellectual curiosity. CHP students are curious about their world, take an active role in their education, and seek to discover new knowledge.
  • Critical awareness. CHP students explore new ideas and ways of thinking, learn about global communities and reflect on their local ones, and debate ideas respectfully.
  • Social responsibility. CHP students confront ethical questions about the world and engage in service in the local community, learning to identify and confront societal problems.

Our mission and values drive the overall strategic planning for the program, and they serve as the foundation upon which all administrative decisions and policies reside. Chancellor’s Honors students earn an honors-designated diploma and are bestowed an honors medallion upon graduation.

Our Students

Each year, CHP invites approximately 400 of the best and the brightest applicants of University of Tennessee to join the next cohort of students. Our students seek enhanced and enriched academic challenges. They are interested in developing their leadership capacity. They want to undertake faculty-mentored independent research. They are engaged in service and leadership to the greater community.

Our students are routinely recognized as Torchbearers (UT’s highest student honor), receive national scholarships and fellowships such as the Udall Scholarship, Fulbright Scholarship, and Critical Language Scholarship, complete international internships and studies abroad, and gain admission to competitive graduate and professional programs.

Our Curriculum

The CHP works closely with the departments and colleges of the university to offer a wide range of interdisciplinary honors courses. Community service and academic seminar engagements serve as our co-curricular opportunities. In addition, all of our students participate in an intercultural or international experience. As a culminating experience, CHP students complete either a thesis or a capstone project, and students will develop an electronic portfolio highlighting their work and experiences as an honors student. All students must maintain a minimum grade point average and abide by the code of the Chancellor’s Honors Program.