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Chancellor’s Honors Program

The Chancellor’s Honors Program, a university-wide, liberal arts program, develops eager minds by designing experiences that will help you discover new ideas, talents, cultures, and people. Through our program, you will gain the flexibility and capability to change the world. As a Chancellor’s Honors Program scholar, you will engage in interactions where you can research, collaborate, and get involved from day one.

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. 

Signature Transformational Experiences

The Chancellor’s Honors Program combines exclusive courses and experiences with flexibility for you to construct your own honors experience.


The CHP works closely with the departments and colleges of the university to offer a wide range of interdisciplinary honors courses.

Key courses include the exclusive first-year writing sequence (English 198 and 298) developed specifically for CHP students in mind. These courses build upon the writing skills developed in advanced high school coursework to ensure that you have the skills necessary to flourish when writing for research in your major area of interest.

Scholars choose at least five additional honors courses from at least three honors subject areas:

  • Artistic Expression and Humanistic Thought: courses that focus on the exploration, appreciation, and understanding of artistic, literary, and/or philosophical works. These courses may be analytic or creative in nature.
  • Behavioral, Social, and Communication Sciences: courses that focus on the understanding of society and interactions between people, i.e. human behavior and social dynamics.
  • Natural Sciences: courses that focus on exploration and interpretation of scientific theories or natural phenomena, requiring students to engage with the material critically and ethically.
  • Human Cultures and Civilizations: courses that focus on the study of human history and non-U.S. cultures.
  • Logic, Mathematics, and Quantitative Reasoning: courses that focus on the acquisition of quantitative skills in order to solve problems.

As a culminating experience, CHP students undertake a faculty-mentored capstone project and develop an electronic portfolio highlighting your work and experiences as an honors student.


CHP students also complete an international or intercultural learning experience at some point before graduation. A majority of scholars choose to study abroad or complete an international service trip. Honors & Scholars sponsors several exclusive opportunities each year, and our scholars are eligible to apply for an Honors Experience Grant to help fund their experience.


Honors sponsors many opportunities for CHP students to engage with faculty, campus and community partners, alumni, and fellow students. Each semester, you will attend at least three honors seminars. Each year, you will complete at least 25 hours of community service.

Academic Expectations

Students must complete both curricular and co-curricular components each semester and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 to remain in good standing.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.