Honors Program

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The Honors Program gives students the opportunity to reach beyond a degree and achieve something more while pursuing their undergraduate education.

Our Honors Program focuses on promoting cross-discipline dialogue between students that will lead to unique Honors experiences designed to benefit students’ goals.

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A Great Fit

Some of the reasons why Tusculum University’s Honors Program is such a great fit for intellectually curious, hardworking and ambitious students include:

  • Priority registration, meaning you get first pick of classes that are critical to achieving your academic goals
  • Priority housing – you will have the opportunity to choose your room early in some of the best housing options on campus 
  • Recognition of Honors on your transcript upon graduation
  • You will get to participate in thought provoking Honors Seminar Courses taught across disciplines every semester
  • Ability to self-select Honors courses within your major and work closely with faculty to develop the Honors components of these courses
  • Choice of writing an Honors thesis, producing an Honors portfolio or participate in an Honors internship course in concert with and under the guidance of your personal Honors mentoring team
  • Possibility of traveling abroad as part of your Honors program to enrich your learning experience and increase your global awareness
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Creating Opportunities

Our Honors Program is designed to create an opportunity  for academically motivated students to:

  • Be challenged intellectually
  • Sharpen critical thinking skills
  • Develop time management skills
  • Hone networking skills and increase confidence
  • Gain cultural enrichment

This program will give you a competitive advantage as you begin your graduate studies or career. Space is limited, so contact the Honors Program director, to secure your spot now.

Acceptance into the Honors Program is a recognition of a student’s academic achievement and potential for further success. Most honors credit hours are embedded within general education and major courses.


The Tusculum University honors program provides challenging and engaging educational experiences to talented students committed to academic excellence.

Entering Freshmen– 27 ACT and 3.0 GPA



Entering Freshmen- 
  • Trustee Scholar: ACT 30+ & 3.0 GPA = $17,000 a year

           (Plus $1,000/year room waiver for on-campus students)

           Four-year total with waiver = $72,000

  • Presidents Scholar: ACT 27+ & 3.0 GPA = $14,000 a year

            (Plus $1,000/year room waiver for on-campus students)

            Four-year total with waiver = $60,000

NOTE – The Honors Scholarship, in combination with any private, federal, state, or institutional scholarships and/or grants, may range up to, but cannot exceed the total institutional charges of tuition, room, and board. Your honors scholarship will be reduced or canceled if the sum of your grants and scholarships exceed your individual direct cost. The honors scholarship will subtract all other institutional aid first and the difference will be awarded in either the presidential scholarship or trustee scholarship.

  • Earn honors minor
  • Priority registration 
  • Specialized curriculum designed for honors students
  • Cultural events



  • Visits to historic sites
  • Lifelong friendships
  • Opportunities to be published as an undergraduate
  • And much more!





Honors Program Director
Assistant Professor of Biology

423-636-7300 ext. 5422