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Chancellor’s Honors Program

The Chancellor’s Honors Program is the university’s largest interdisciplinary honors program. Through completion of select honors courses offered by departments across the university, the Chancellor’s Honors Program offers high potential students the opportunity to engage with one another in a community of scholars. Chancellor’s Honors students also participate with both the larger campus community through involvement, service, and research and the greater world through intercultural experiences.

The Chancellor’s Honors Program (CHP) is designed to develop eager minds through diverse experiences. Through our program, you will gain the flexibility and capability to change the world. As a Chancellor’s Honors Program scholar, you will engage in interactions where you can research, collaborate, and get involved from day one. New in 2024, students matriculating into the Chancellor’s Honors Program benefit from $3,500 in additional scholarships—a $500 book and technology stipend in the first year, and $1,000 scholarships in subsequent years—for successfully completing program requirements.

Our scholars are routinely recognized as Torchbearers (UT’s highest student honor), receive national scholarships and fellowships such as the Udall Scholarship, Fulbright Scholarship, and Critical Language Scholarship, complete international internships and studies abroad, and gain admission to competitive graduate and professional programs.

Curricular Requirements (2024-25 cohort)

Similar to the university’s Volunteer Core curriculum, which requires students to complete coursework from among several contemporary thematic categories, the Chancellor’s Honors Program curricular requirements encourage students to pursue an array of honors coursework that broadens their understanding within and beyond their chosen majors. 

University Honors Induction

  • UNHO 101: Honors First-Year seminar (1 credit hour) or college equivalent

College/Departmental Honors Courses

  • An honors written communication (WC) course (3 credit hours) from among the list of Volunteer Core approved courses.
  • Five 3-hour honors courses (15 credit hours) from at least three of the following categories:
    • Artistic Expression and Humanistic Thought: courses that focus on the exploration, appreciation, and understanding of artistic, literary, and/or philosophical works. These courses may be analytic or creative in nature.
    • Behavioral, Social, and Communication Sciences: courses that focus on the understanding of society and interactions between people, i.e. human behavior and social dynamics.
    • Natural Sciences: courses that focus on exploration and interpretation of scientific theories or natural phenomena, requiring students to engage with the material critically and ethically.
    • Human Cultures and Civilizations: courses that focus on the study of human history and non-U.S. cultures.
    • Logic, Mathematics, and Quantitative Reasoning: courses that focus on the acquisition of quantitative skills in order to solve problems.

*See a list of approved courses here.

  • UNHO 497 Honors Capstone (3 credit hours) or department approved capstone equivalent

TOTAL: 22 credit hours of honors coursework

Chancellor’s Honors students are highly encouraged to actively participate on campus and serve the community. Chancellor’s Honors students are expected to make timely progress towards honors graduation while maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. Students not meeting expectations will be required to complete additional academic coaching and support. In recognition of their exceptional academic achievement, Chancellor’s Honors students receive special graduation recognition.


The Chancellor’s Honors Program is available to entering first-year students. High school seniors with superior academic credentials are invited to apply. Current first- and second semester students, and qualified transfer students may be eligible to apply.

Additional Information


The CHP combines exclusive courses and experiences with flexibility for you to construct your own honors experience. Dedicated honors coaches work with you to explore your interests and strengths to develop a plan that will allow you to make the most of your honors experience and leverage your honors experiences to achieve your goals.


Honors sponsors many opportunities for CHP students to engage with faculty, campus and community partners, alumni, and fellow students. Student leadership opportunities are offered through our Honors Engagement Council, Student Ambassador or Peer-Mentor programs.