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Honors Program

Preliminary Application: The Honors Program at Tennessee Tech


  • Use this form even if you have earned college credits while still in high school. (Full-time college students should use the application for Continuing and Transfer Students, which will be posted in mid-October on the webpage for that cohort.)
  • The application for admission to Honors must be completed solely by the student. 
  • Minimum requirements: 3.5 High school GPA. This threshold does not guarantee admission; applications are reviewed holistically. ACT and SAT scores are optional due to accessibility issues during COVID-19.
  • Misrepresentation of any information will result in the student's disqualification from admission.
  • Applications must be complete in order to be eligible for review.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until reaching capacity, but no later than the beginning of the term for which the applicant is applying..
1. CHECK HERE to indicate that you have read and agree to the terms above.

13-14. Essay Questions:

Use the spaces provided below to write any TWO essays chosen from the list of topics below.

  • You may submit only two essays. Additional entries will not be considered.
  • Each essay should be 300-350 words in length.
  • Avoid clichés and repetition.
  • We want to know specifically about you, not a list of accomplishments.
  • Choose two topics that provide different perspectives on your experiences and ideas, so that we understand more about you from each essay. 
  • Do not provide dictionary definitions.
  • At the beginning of each essay, write the letter corresponding to your topic choice.

Topic Choices

a. Elaborate on one of the three answers you provided above for question #12 that, in your mind, tells us the most about your unique experiences and identity as a learner.

b. Tell us about a situation in which you managed to communicate controversial ideas in a civil manner. How did you do so? What challenges did it pose, and what did you take away from the situation? What would have helped you communicate more effectively?

c. Describe a situation in which you learned something complex on your own in a non-academic setting, and then applied that knowledge/experience to an unrelated, completely different classroom setting. 

d. If (and only if) you plan to use your future career to address a specific change--a change NOT generally associated with your future major or career path as a whole: What are some of the ways that you would like to use Honors to prepare more deeply for that path? 

e. Write about the most interesting single intellectual conversation you've ever had with one of your peers about an academic question. What aspects of that one conversation impacted you, and how? Do not use dialogue or quotation; this question asks you to analyze and reflect as well as describe. 

f. Write about an unusual leadership experience you've had. What made it unusual, and how has it affected the ways you approach dissimilar situations?     

16. I verify that the writing and statements in this application are entirely my own. I understand that misrepresentation will result in disqualification of my application to Honors. I have checked my work for completion; incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 



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