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Become an Honors Vol

Honors Vols are naturally inquisitive, driven individuals who come together in a like-minded community to participate in an elevated academic experience at the University of Tennessee. Supported by dedicated coaching staff, outstanding faculty, and the vast resources available at a top-tier research university, honors Vols co-create experiences that prepare them to meet the innovative challenges of today.

What does honors look like at UT?

The University of Tennessee offers four unique university-wide honors programs to serve a diverse population of high-achieving students. Representing all nine of UT’s academic colleges, members of Honors & Scholars bring ideas from across campus to enrich one honors community. Our university-wide programs include 1794 Scholars, Chancellor’s Honors, Honors Leadership, and Haslam Scholars. UT also offers college and departmental honors programs that you may apply to after you arrive on campus.



How do I apply to Honors & Scholars?

If you’d like to be an honors Vol, there are several ways to join! We accept applications from prospective first-year students for all four of our honors programs. We also accept current and transfer applications for select programs. To learn more about your application process, select your student status below.



When do I apply for Honors & Scholars?

If you’re an prospective first-year student, apply to UT by the early action deadline, November 1. After applying to the university, qualified students will receive an invitation via email to apply to the programs for which they are eligible. Click here to view our eligibility requirements on our comparison chart. 

Transfer students will also receive an invitation to apply via email after their application to the university. You can apply to join the fall class of Honors & Scholars through June 1. More about the transfer application process and program eligibility can be found here. 

Current students must apply to Honors & Scholars during their first or second years on Rocky Top. You can apply to join honors as early as your second semester by submitting an application by December 15. Alternatively, you can join in the fall of your second or third year by submitting an application by May 15. Current students can find more detailed information and the application here. 

Want to enhance your UT experience through the Honors & Scholars Programs? We’d love to tell you more about the honors experiences available to future Vols. Click here to see upcoming opportunities to learn more about Honors & Scholars.