Incoming First-Year Students
The application process for each honors program is by invitation only. To be considered, please review the steps and deadlines below.
For full consideration, you must apply for undergraduate admission to UT by November 1.
Once admitted, qualifying students will receive an email invitation with a link to the honors application. View program comparison chart.
All honors applications are due by December 15 for full consideration. Applications will be reviewed holistically and applicants will be notified of decisions by early February via mail and email.
If you qualify for more than one of our honors programs, you will be asked during the application process to rank your choices. At most, students will be offered admission into one program. Please note that you must have been invited to apply for specific programs in order for your application(s) to be considered (i.e., students invited to apply for the Haslam Scholars, Chancellor’s Honors, and Honors Leadership Programs will not be considered for the 1794 Scholars Program).
The selection process for the Haslam Scholars Program also involves an interview process. Sixty semi-finalists will be selected in early January, and in-person interviews will be held in Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. Thirty finalists will be invited to campus to participate in the selection weekend in early March. Students will be assigned appointed status or alternate status at the conclusion of the weekend. A maximum of fifteen first-year students are admitted to the program each year.
If you are offered admission to one of our programs, you will have until May 1 to accept your place.
If you have any questions about the honors application process, please contact Sarah Hunter by email or phone at 865-974-3697.
Current and Transfer Students
Both the Chancellor’s Honors Program and the 1794 Scholars Program accept applications from current UT students. The 1794 Scholars Program also accepts students transferring from other higher education institutions.
*Current students are defined as students who are currently enrolled in coursework at the university. These students either currently are completing or have already completed their first semester on campus. Incoming first-year students must apply through the VIP portal.
Chancellor’s Honors Program Application Requirements
Students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville can apply to join the Chancellor’s Honors Program during their first or second semester. In order to be considered, students must have a minimum 3.65 cumulative university GPA and have completed at least one honors course. Application deadlines for the Chancellor’s Honors Program are December 15 and May 15. If admitted, students will begin the program the semester following their application.
1794 Scholars Program Application Requirements
Students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville can apply to join the 1794 Scholars Program if they have at least two full academic years remaining at the university. In order to be considered, students must have a minimum 3.25 cumulative university GPA at the time of application. The application deadline for the 1794 Scholars Program is May 15. If admitted, students will begin the program the following fall semester.
All interested current students should apply via the link below. Applications will be reviewed holistically.
1794 Scholars Program Transfer Application Requirements
After being admitted to UT, qualifying transfer students receive an invitation to apply at their registered email address. To be eligible for admission, transfer students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA and at least two full academic years at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The application deadline for the 1794 Scholars Program is June 1. If admitted, students will begin the program the following fall semester.