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Our Programs

UT’s Honors & Scholars houses four university-wide, interdisciplinary honors programs for UT’s highest-achieving students.

Honors & Scholars Programs provides a more intimate college experience within the context of a large research university by integrating academic achievement and student life within a culture of intellectual and civic engagement. Each of our programs offers a unique honors experience to appeal to a variety of student interests and talents, and we invite you to explore them all using the chart below.

Program Comparison

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Haslam Scholars Chancellor’s Honors Honors Leadership 1794 Scholars
Program Tenets Cohort Model,
Community of Learners,
Research and Scholarship,
Service & Leadership
Intellectual Curiosity,
Social Responsibility,
Global & Cultural Awareness,
Research and Scholarship,
Critical Reflection
Cohort Model,
Personal Development,
Leadership and Ethics,
Social & Cultural Awareness
Academic Engagement,
Global & Cultural Awareness,
Campus Involvement,
Volunteer Spirit
Yearly Admission 15 300 100 300
Length of Program 4 years 4 years 4 years 2 years
Admission First-year incoming students First-year incoming and current students First-year incoming students First-year incoming students, current and transfer students with at least two years left at UT
Qualifying HSGPA 4.0 3.8 3.8 3.8
Qualifying ACT* 31 28 28 28
Courses HSP Exclusively Designed
Curriculum Sequence
First-year Honors Writing Sequence, 5 interdisciplinary honors courses Honors track of the
Leadership Studies Minor
University Honors 101
International or Cultural
Fully Paid Cohort Study Abroad Ready for the World
Leadership Experience
Access to Honors Study
Abroad Programs
Capstone Project or
research/capstone sequence
research/capstone sequence
Leadership Capstone Project E-portfolio Presentation
Living and Learning
First-year Required Optional Optional Optional
Community Service 25 hours/year
Student Engagement Honors Seminars in areas of Curiosity, Culture, and Connection
Minimum Cumulative
3.50 3.50 3.50 3.00
Graduation HSP Notation on Diploma and Transcript & HSP Medallion CHP Notation on Diploma and Transcript & CHP Medallion Minor in Honors Leadership Studies & HLP Medallion & Notation on Transcript Certificate of Completion & 1794 Pin & Notation on transcript upon graduation
Privileges Priority Registration, Honors Coaching, Advanced Library Benefits, Access to Honors Facilities, and Exclusive Honors Programming

*For the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, the University is offering test-optional admissions. Students with at least a 3.8 weighted core GPA applying without test scores may be reviewed for Honors & Scholars.