High-Achieving Mocs

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Live and learn with a community of students your freshman year.

Prospective freshmen may apply to both the HAM Program and the Brock Scholars Program, but once they have accepted a place in one program, they are no longer considered for the other. Deadline: April 15, 2020. 


Apply to the HAM Program for Fall 2020


The High-Achieving Mocs Program is a freshman-year-only experience for residential students. HAM students live together in a dedicated section of University housing, take select courses together during the freshman year and benefit from special programming and advisement. 

Many HAMmers go on to enter the Honors College's Innovations in Honors Program in the sophomore year.

Incoming freshmen with at least a 3.5 high school GPA or a minimum 26 composite ACT are especially encouraged to apply to the HAM Program, though other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Classes

The required curriculum for HAM students is 13 hours of honors course work, taken during the fall and spring semesters:

  • UHON 1010 - Humanities I (6 credit hours; fulfills University general education requirements in Rhetoric and Composition and Literature)
  • UHON 1020 - Humanities II (6 credit hours; fulfills University general education requirements in Rhetoric and Composition and Thought, Values, and Beliefs)
  • UHON 1000 – Freshman Honors Studies (one credit hour; designed to introduce students to the University and Chattanooga communities)

In addition to these benefits, HAM students receive a scholarship their freshman year.


HAMmers live together in Stagmaier Hall as part of the UTC Honors Living Learning Community.