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Honors Program

Preliminary Application: The Honors Program at Tennessee Tech


  • If you are applying as a high school graduate, use this form even if you have earned college credits. (Full-time college students should use the application for Continuing and Transfer Students.)
  • 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. If you have an unusual interest or ability, how and why did you develop it? Why do you consider it unusual? Perhaps you had an after-school job or hobby that allowed you to delve into the complexity of a procedure or to hone a certain talent. What did you learn about your own learning in the process? 

b. Describe the most creative act of problem-solving you've ever attempted with other people. Explain the context of the problem. Be specific about the conflicts and dynamics of the group. What did you do? How did it affect the group? Why was your approach creative? 

c. Examine a situation in which you consciously stepped away from your comfort zone to go against the grain despite your fears. What did it mean to take this step? Examine the experience in context of the people around you and their attitudes.

d. Describe your unique relationship to your most recent school--not about achievements, dual enrollment, being home-schooled, or attending a traditional school, but about how you viewed and interacted with that educational community.

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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