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.
Each year, CHP invites approximately 400 of the best and the brightest applicants of University of Tennessee to join the next cohort of scholars. 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 scholars 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.
The CHP works closely with the departments and colleges of the university to offer a wide range of interdisciplinary honors courses. 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 of 3.5 and make adequate progress on the honors curricular requirements each year. Upon graduation and completion of the program, Chancellor’s Honors students earn an honors-designated diploma and are bestowed an honors medallion at a special Honors Commencement Ceremony held in May of each year.