General University Honors
An undergraduate student will be graduated cum laude when the students cumulative grade point average, as well as UTC average, at the end of the final semester is 3.5. With an average of 3.75, both cumulative and at UTC, the student will be graduated magna cum laude. The student with the highest average will be graduated summa cum laude if his or her average is at least 3.9. More than one summa graduate will be recognized in the event of a tie. Honors will be inscribed on the diplomas. Institutional credit will not be counted in the grade point average for graduation or honors. Grade point averages are not rounded. These standards apply to all undergraduate degree candidates, regardless of the catalog under which they entered.
The University Honors Program
Each year the University Honors (UHON) Program admits 30 to 40 freshmen. This prestigious program offers to members an atmosphere that nurtures their intellects, sense of social responsibility, and drive to lead. The goal is to foster a community of scholars who enjoy each others company, benefit from each others work, and provide the University with new ideas and ways to excellence.
To achieve this goal, the Program provides Honors students with a specialized general education curriculum tailored to their talents and needs (see University Honors); opportunities for social, University, and community service; personal advisement; priority registration; an exclusive reading room and computer lab; and membership in a highly visible and respected group of students. Approximately half of all Honors students receive a full four-year scholarship (see Scholarships).
Applicants to the UHON Program should have a record of outstanding achievement and promise. Continuance is reviewed each semester and is contingent upon the students academic performance. All UHON students are obligated to complete Departmental Honors (see next section). Interested high school seniors should submit a UHON application by February 1. For more information and a current application write to: University Honors Program, 202 Guerry Hall, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN 37403; call (423) 425-4128; or visit the programs web site at: www.utc.edu/univhon/.