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University Honors Scholars

East Tennessee State University

Qualifications & Application

The University Honors Scholars program accepts 22 scholars and
two alternates (without UHS scholarship) each year for fall matriculation.

The application deadline is December 15th each year.

Please read all of the following. The application link is at the bottom of the page.

dogwood blossoms imageTo be considered for admission, all applicants must provide evidence of:

  • ACT of 29 or higher composite (without the writing score) or
    comparable SAT score;
  • High school GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 unweighted scale;
  • Community and school service and other leadership activities;
  • Commitment to pursue a 4-year baccalaureate degree at
    ETSU's Johnson City campus.

Please Note:

  • Currently enrolled ETSU students, transfer students, non-degree seeking students,
    and second baccalaureate degree students are not eligible for this program.
  • If you are graduating from high school Spring 2018 with dual enrollment credit or an
    Associate Degree, you will be considered an incoming freshman by ETSU and you are
    for the UHS program.
  • We will not accept December ACT/SAT scores

If you have questions about your eligibility to apply for the ETSU University Honor Scholars Program
or the application submission process, please


1. You must complete the general application for admission to ETSU. For more information concerning the application process for admission to ETSU, please visit the Admissions How to Apply web page.

2. Make sure to review the minimum qualifications (see above) for admission to the UHS Scholars Program
to make sure you are eligible.

3. Gather the information you need to apply. This is important as the application must be submitted as one document. You will need:

  • Your basic personal and academic information
  • Information for the online resume form, including:
    • Scholastic Honors
    • School-related extracurricular activities, including years involved, offices held, roles, and achievements
    • Community volunteer service, including years involved, offices held, roles, and achievements
    • Other activities (sports, arts, etc.)
    • Work experience
  • A formal Cover Letter to the University Honors Scholars Review Committee that includes why you are interested in becoming an ETSU University Honors Scholar, relevant skills and knowledge that make you an exceptional candidate for this program, how you will benefit from the program, and how you will contribute to the program.
  • Your one-page Application Essay. The reviewers will be looking for the following in your essay: originality and creativity; strong point or argument; evidence of care, effort and clarity; essay organization, grammar, structure and language. The 2019 prompt is:

    Identify a book you love. The book need not be a classic or one you read in literature class. Any book is acceptable. BRIEFLY describe the book and then explain in detail why you enjoyed the book and what it meant to you. What does this book reveal about you? How do you identify with this book and how has it become personal to you? Do not write a book report!

  • Contact information (email) for your three academic references. We recommend contacting your references ahead of time to ensure that they are willing and able to provide a reference. Once you apply, a reference form will automatically be sent to your references by the email addresses you provide. All three of your references will have to complete this form and return it to us before the application deadline for your application to be considered complete. For this reason, be sure to submit your portion of the application well in advance of the December 15th deadline.

To apply, click the link and fill out the form below. To avoid having to repeatedly enter these data to access the application, you can bookmark the application URL. However, you will only be able to submit the application one time when everything is complete. The application cannot be saved to return to later.

Click HERE to Apply for the UHS Program

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