Chancellor's Honors Program
The Chancellor’s Honors Program (CHP) anchors UT’s system of honors programs and opportunities. The Chancellor’s Honors Program is UT’s largest university-wide honors program and is designed to serve honors students from new student orientation, when CHP students first receive priority in course registration, through commencement, when CHP students receive a Chancellor’s Honors Program-designated degree and Honors Key. While sizable, the CHP is also highly selective, serving 5 to 10% of undergraduate students.
The Chancellor’s Honors Program (CHP) is principally defined by its Honors First-Year Experience, which weds specialized course work with participation in the Honors Community, a learning/living program provided through collaboration between the CHP and University Housing. The Chancellor’s Honors Program also offers a specialized University Honors (UH) curriculum, support for undergraduate research and creative scholarship, special graduation recognition, and numerous additional academic benefits and privileges.
CHP students typically earn admission to the program when matriculating from high school, where they have a record of excellent academic achievement in a rigorous core curriculum, earned a composite ACT score of 31, and undertaken significant leadership and service in their schools and communities. While at UT, the CHP student undertakes international and intercultural learning; undergraduate research and creative scholarship; and provides leadership for UT’s many student groups, community outreach efforts, and honors societies. Many CHP students also seek admission to one or more of UT’s growing number of specialized college- and department-sponsored honors programs.
Tracy Kidder, author of 2010 Life of the Mind book, "Mountains Beyond Mountains" visits UT Knoxville and poses with Honors students
2007 Chancellor's Honors graduates pose with Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt at the CHP graduation brunch.