University Scholars Program


The University Scholars Program is a sequence of courses and other activities for a selected group of talented and highly motivated students. A major goal is to provide special academic opportunities which will assist these students to perform with distinction in their careers and as citizens. Two themes characterize this program: interdisciplinary inquiry and independent study and research.

University Scholars Scholarship

Students invited into the University Scholars Program will be assured of a scholarship package totaling $3,800 for each year of their participation.

University Scholars Curriculum

The program consists of a special 10-hour curriculum consisting of seminars, reading-discussion groups, specialized studies, and a senior scholars project. All courses carry full academic credit.


Credit Hours

University Scholars 118-128


University Scholars 218-228


University Scholars 318-328


University Scholars 418
University Scholars 488




Total Hours


The 10 hours of the University Scholars curriculum are required for graduation with the designation "University Scholar."


Students with a minimum 28 ACT (or 1240 SAT) and 3.5 GPA are invited to apply for the program as entering freshmen. Approximately 15 entering freshmen are selected largely on the basis of the formal high school record, entrance test scores, grade-point average, personal interviews, and written essays. Students already in attendance at the university or transferring from another institution may be invited to apply for the program as sophomores on the basis of their academic record during the freshman year. Excellent grades and high recommendations from faculty members are among the criteria considered. Honors Programs will contact eligible sophomore students. Recommendation for continuation in the program is contingent upon performance.

Description of Courses

How to Apply for the University Scholars Program

Application forms, answers to specific questions, and more information about the University Scholars Program and scholarships awarded to all University Scholars students are available from:

Honors Programs
The University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, Tennessee 38238

Applications should be mailed to reach the director by March 1 each year in order to receive first consideration. Students invited to participate in the University Scholars Program receive notice around March 15.