Seminar Program

The Honors Seminar Program, founded in 1984, focuses on excellence in academics, allowing students the opportunities to take specialized classes that enhance their education. Students must complete the Honors Core Curriculum, attend a number of speeches and afternoon small-group seminars from distinguished guests (see link for more detailed information), and maintain a 3.20 minimum cumulative GPA. Honors Seminar students may also participate in a student organization called the Society for Honors Seminar Students. Students are admitted primarily during their senior year in high school, although students transferring to UTM are also considered.


NOTE: UT Martin Honors supports all study-abroad and exchange programs. Please contact the Honors Director to discuss options on how to participate in such programs and maintain your scholarship.


What You Get:

  • Opportunities to expand your horizons and challenge yourself academically
  • A chance to interact with faculty and other highly motivated students across campus
  • An opportunity to meet and learn from leaders in the academic, scientific, and political world community in a small group setting
  • Notification on transcripts, and resume enhancement

What You “Give”:

  • Complete the Honors Core Curriculum.
  • Attend a number of guest academic speaker presentations per year.
  • Participate in small group activities with at least one speaker a year.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA.

For more detailed requirements and the process to enter the Honors Seminar Program, refer to the following "How to Apply" page.

Scholarship Types in Honors Seminar

Chancellor's Award

Students entering UT-Martin with a minimum ACT composite score of 28 and a 3.5 or higher GPA will receive the Chancellor's Award of $3000 per year for four years as long as program standards are met. The student must maintain all requirements, and must qualify as a full-time student by taking at least 12 credit hours of courses per semester.


Dean's Scholarship

The Dean's Scholarship is not an Honors scholarship, but its recipients have the option of participating in the Honors Seminar Program. The Dean's Scholarship is awarded to students with an ACT composite score of 25-27 and GPA of 3.5 or higher. Dean's Scholarship recipients are awarded a scholarship package of $1500 per year for four years. To maintain scholarship eligibility, the student must maintain a 3.0 GPA at the end of every academic year.


Dean's Scholarship recipients who choose to participate in the Honors Seminar Program must complete the same academic requirements as Chancellor's Award recipients to be allowed to participate in all Honors-specific courses and functions.


NOTE: Dean’s Award students who fail to meet Honors Seminar requirements will be removed from the Honors Seminar program, but will still keep their Dean’s scholarship if they maintain a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA.


Out of State Tuition Waiver Program

Students who are eligible for the Dean’s Award or Chancellor’s Award, and are out of state residents, my apply to receive a waiver that reduces their tuition to in-state cost. The student must participate in the Honors Seminar and complete all associated requirements as listed above. Please contact the Admissions Office at UT Martin for more information.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Students who are Dean’s Award recipients that are receiving the out-of-state tuition waiver must complete all requirements of the Honors Seminar program to maintain their waiver.


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