Regular Admission

(by applicants under 21 years of age)

The University grants regular admission to graduates of approved high schools* who meet one of the following two descriptions:

  1. A high school grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale), a minimum score of 17 on the Enhanced ACT (810 SAT), and completion of all 14 high school units listed above.
  2. A high school grade point average of at least 2.00 (on a 4.0 scale), a minimum score of 21 on the Enhanced ACT (980 SAT), and completion of all 14 high school units listed above.

* Approved high schools are those approved by the State Department of Education or by the regional accreditation association. In the case of graduates of high schools that have not been so approved, regular admission will be granted to applicants with a high school grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, a score of 21 on the Enhanced ACT (980 SAT), and completion of all 14 high school units.

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 other's company, benefit from each other's 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 Program in Course Listing Section); 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. Most Honors students receive a full four-year scholarship (see Financial Aid Chapter).

Applicants to the UHON Program should have a record of outstanding achievement and promise. Continuance is reviewed each semester and is contingent upon the student's academic performance. All UHON students are obligated to complete Departmental Honors. Interested high school seniors should submit a UHON application by December 15.

For more information and a current application write to:

University Honors Program
Dept. 1101
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Ave
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403

The University Honors Program is located in room 202 Guerry Hall; the telephone number is (423) 425-4128; the web page is

Associate Honors Scholars

Current UTC students who were not initially admitted to the UHON Program and who have completed at least 24 hours of credit with a GPA of 3.5 may apply for membership as Associate Honors Scholar. Although ineligible for any University Honors Scholarships which are awarded to incoming freshmen only,

Associates enjoy most of the benefits of the other UHON students, including admission to specialized UHON courses, early registration for classes, access to the UHON reading room and computer lab, and a stipend to spend on concert and theater tickets. Associates are also eligible to participate in annual trips sponsored by the UHON Program.

Interested students can obtain an application at the Honors Program Office, 202 Guerry Hall, or on line at

Conditional Admission

Applicants who do not qualify for regular admission are eligible for conditional admission if they meet the following minimal requirements:

  1. Completion of the 14 high school units listed above;
  2. High school grade point average of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale);
  3. Score of at least 17 on the Enhanced ACT (810 SAT); and
  4. High school graduation or acceptable high school equivalency diploma (e.g., 45 on the General Education Development test).

The Faculty Admissions Committee will review the materials of applicants with extenuating circumstances who fail to meet conditional admission requirements. Applicants who seek conditional admission status should make the request by writing to the Undergraduate Admission Office.

Students admitted with high school unit deficiencies must fulfill these requirements by completing the necessary courses within their first 42 hours of enrollment. Credit earned in these courses does not apply toward any degree requirements, including the 120 credit hours required for graduation, the general education requirements, and major or elective requirements.

Students admitted with a high school deficiency in American history are required by Tennessee law to complete six semester hours of college-level American history (Tennessee Code Annotated Section 549-3253).

Freshmen classified as conditional admission must earn a GPA of 1.0 or greater during the first semester at UTC or they will be suspended. If a student must complete developmental courses, the continuation GPA will determine the student's eligibility to continue coursework. The continuation GPA includes developmental and for-credit courses used for continuation purposes for admitted students. The cumulative GPA determines the continuation standards of all other students. The cumulative GPA includes for-credit courses only. Additionally, freshmen under conditional admission may be subject to one or more of the following conditions:

  1. Reduced course credit load
  2. Specific course requirements
  3. Specific academic advisor
  4. Specific program of developmental studies
  5. Enrollment in summer programs designed to improve academic skills.

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