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Honors Program

"Where We Strive to Maintain Our Legacy of Excellence"



The Honors Program is a program that provides an especially rich and challenging set of academic offerings to talented and highly motivated students at Tennessee State University. Entering freshmen must have a high school cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or above, with an ACT score of 25 or a SAT score of 1130 (the sum of critical reading and math). Transfer or sophomore students must have a cumulative of 3.4 GPA. Interested students must complete an Application for Admission to the University Honors Program. Through special courses, research, and a vigorous intellectual community that includes Honors faculty, the Honors Program enables students to identify their intellectual interests and to pursue them deeply.


The Honors Program's curriculum offers a wide range of challenging courses. We offer special seminars, courses, and direct involvement with faculty from the start of students' lives at TSU.

Students entering their freshman year are expected to elect 24 hours of their course work in Honors. A minimum of 18 hours of Honors course work is required for incoming sophomores and a minimum of 12 hours of Honors course work is required for incoming juniors; many do more.

To help students take the greatest advantage of the rich opportunities at TSU, our Honors advisors meet with them individually, beginning at Orientation and continuing throughout their time here.


A vibrant community, no single experience unites all Honors students, yet all are connected through a wide range of activities that enable students to choose what interests them. The University Honors Office is an intellectual hub, located on the first floor (suite 119) of the Student Success Center (Learning Resource Center) where students and staff come together for study, conversation, and a variety of intellectual and cultural events in truly beautiful surroundings. There's something for everyone and all are invited.


There are many ways to get involved in the University Honors Program. See how! (coming soon!)