Honors and Awards

University Honor Roll

Recognition is given to undergraduate students who complete a semester's work with:

  • Honors - 3.2 through 3.49 GPA
  • High Honors - 3.5 through 3.79 GPA
  • Highest Honors - 3.8 through 4.0 GPA

To be eligible for the university honor roll, a student must have carried 12 or more academic hours, not counting work taken for pass-fail credit.

Honors Graduation

The diplomas of graduating seniors show honors categories based on the following scale:

  • Cum Laude - 3.2 through 3.49
  • Magna Cum Laude - 3.5 through 3.79
  • Summa Cum Laude - 3.8 through 4.0

To qualify for one of these honors categories, a student must complete at least four semesters (60 semester hours minimum) in The University of Tennessee system. These honors categories are based on a student's cumulative average at the end of the semester preceding the graduation semester. (Students transferring work from other colleges or universities must qualify on both their cumulative average and the University of Tennessee at Martin average.)

"University Scholar" Designation at Graduation

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

Phi Eta Sigma

Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society that recognizes high academic achievement in the freshman year. Students who achieve a 3.5 average at the end of their first year of study are eligible for membership.

Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi is a national honor society that honors students who have achieved high scholastic attainment and who are of good character. Juniors and seniors may be accepted into membership in a number up to one-tenth of the graduating class.

Who's Who

Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities is a national organization that publishes the names and records of outstanding college students from all over America. The selection is based on scholastic ability, citizenship and leadership. Any junior or senior is eligible for consideration. Selections are made by a special faculty and student committee.


An annual Honors Day Program in the spring gives recognition to students who have made outstanding achievements in scholarship and citizenship. In addition to more than 50 special honors and awards, school and departmental honors are given outstanding students in lower- and upper-division categories.