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About Tech Honors

What is Tech Honors? Start here!

Honors is a student-centered academic program, not an honors society or a more difficult version of your major.  As a student in Tech Honors, you'll have the opportunity for smaller, in-depth classes, but just as important, you'll learn to use your creative intellect outside the classroom, too. 

We believe that there is more to success than high scores and high grades; we're looking for intellectually ready, open-minded students who want to stretch their individual strengths, both within and beyond their academic field.

Honors offers a dynamic combination of research, leadership, civic engagement and service, communication, team-building, and committed cultural understanding.

Tech Honors is for students who have the initiative, curiosity, and creative thinking skills to explore and inquire.  You can read more in our Honors Informational Slides.

It's not just about what looks good on a resume:

Tech Honors is about being more: a scholar who is 

  • Open to growth, ready to think and question as a citizen of the world, 
  • A creative problem-solver, ready to look for reliable sources and to try new approaches.

Honors means serving the world more deeply through a commitment to integrating:

  • Critical thinking that goes beyond formulaic, easy paths
  • Servant leadership that goes beyond simple solutions 
  • Learning about how to keep learning: a commitment to process, not simply completing requirements.

Learning how to ask more penetrating questions in all aspects of life--and doing so with a supportive community of thinkers--is at the heart of the Honors experience.

For First-Year College Students
If you are entering college as a full-time student for the first time, see "How to Apply, " whether or not you earned college credit in high school. We look for a GPA of 3.5, in addition to evidence of the qualities described above. Because of testing-site accessibility limitations related to COVID-19,  ACT/SAT scores are optional for 2021 admissions. Normally, Honors requires a minimum score of 26 on the ACT (or SAT equivalent).

For Transfer Students and Current Tech Students 
If you are a current Tech student or are transferring to Tech, you must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA after completing at least twelve credit hours as a full-time college student, and must submit a plan for completing the required 22 Honors credit hours with your application materials. You must have at least four semesters remaining before graduation. Please see "For Transfer and Continuing Students" in this section of the Honors website for full directions.

To find out more about how you can be a part of Honors at Tech, click on the links to the left.  See "How to Apply" for our application form.

Tech Honors might not be what you expected--learn about us!

The Tennessee Tech HONORS APPLICATION FOR 2021 is now open!  We look forward to hearing about you.

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