University of Tennessee Honors Program

The Chancellor’s Honors Program (CHP) is the University of Tennessee’s largest university-wide honors program. Founded in 1985, CHP membership is approximately 5-10% of undergraduate students.

Admission to the program is highly selective and usually occurs when students matriculate from high school. The typical entering Chancellor’s Honors student has excelled in a rigorous high school curriculum and demonstrated exceptional leadership potential. Standardized test performance is also taken into consideration. The incoming first-year class of 2010 earned an average adjusted composite ACT score of 32, which is within the top 1% of the national distribution of scores. Current University of Tennessee students as well as transfer students are encouraged to apply to the program granting that they have achieved the eligibility benchmarks.

In recognition of their specialized course work, faculty-mentored independent scholarship, international & intercultural learning, and exceptional academic performance, Chancellor’s Honors students earn an honors-designated diploma and are bestowed an Honors Key. Chancellor’s Honors students often earn membership in one or more college and department-sponsored honors programs and provide leadership for a variety of UT student organizations, honors societies, and community outreach efforts.

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