The University Scholars Program offers exceptional students a four-year experience of academic and extra-curricular opportunities designed to encourage self-reflection, undergraduate academic excellence, pursuit of post-secondary national scholarships and fellowships, and the development of strong moral and civic character.
The University Scholars Program is grounded in the study of the works and ideas that have fundamentally shaped the civilization and culture in which we live. The Program is designed to complement all major fields of study offered at UT Martin. In their academic life, University Scholars share a core curriculum of general education courses and participate in a semester of study abroad. Outside the classroom, The University Scholars Program provides a close, supportive community of peers joined through participation in cultural events and travel, mentoring fellow Scholars, and serving as leaders in the larger life of the university.
All applicants to The University of Tennessee at Martin qualified to receive the Chancellor’s Scholarship are invited to apply for admission to the University Scholars Program.
The Office of Honors Programs annually admits 30 incoming, first-year students to The University Scholars Program. Applications should be submitted online by November 15th for admission the following Fall. Applications are reviewed by the Honors Council and selected applicants will be invited with their families to visit campus for an interview and tour. Following the interview process, the Honors Council will make final selections and extend invitations to selected applicants. Invitations to interview and visit campus will be offered in early January. Visits to campus and interviews will be scheduled for late January and early February. Acceptance letters and invitations to the Program will be offered by mid-February.
Students admitted to the University Scholars Program receive an annual scholarship of $2,500 in addition to the Chancellor’s Scholarship, for a total annual scholarship of $5,500. This amount is renewable for four years, contingent on the student’s completing the Program’s requirements and maintaining academic eligibility.
In their first two years, University Scholars complete a core curriculum comprising seven courses satisfying General Education requirements of The University of Tennessee at Martin. These classes are grounded in the reading and study of the Great Works and ideas that have formed the civilization in which we live. These classes are designed to enhance the academic experience for students in all major fields of study taught at UT Martin.
Students applying to become University Scholars should expect to enroll in the following classes in their first two years of study.
HNRS 101 Great Works I: The Ancient World and Classical Antiquity
HNRS 110 Public Speaking and the Rhetorical Tradition
HNRS 102 Great Works II: Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages
HNRS 120 The History of Mathematical Enquiry
HNRS 201 Great Works III: The Renaissance
HNRS 210 The History of Scientific Enquiry
HNRS 202 Great Works IV: The Enlightenment to Modernity
In their third year, University Scholars participate in a semester of study abroad. Most Scholars will travel to study at UT Martin’s program in Siena, Italy. However, students with a particular interest or need to study in another location are encouraged and may arrange to do so.
In the fourth year, University Scholars complete an enhanced capstone project in their major field of study.
At the end of each academic year, students in The University Scholars Program must meet the following GPAs to remain academically eligible for the program: First year: 3.3, Second year: 3.4, Third year: 3.5, Fourth year: 3.5. Students who successfully complete the University Scholars Program graduate from UT Martin with a minimum academic distinction of magna cum laude and will receive special recognition and distinction at commencement.