Honors Program

About Tech Honors

Curious about Tech Honors? The Honors program is a student-centered academic program. It's not an honors society, nor a more difficult version of your major.

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We're looking for intellectually ready, open-minded students who want to stretch their individual strengths, both within and beyond their academic field.

High scores and high grades don't tell the entire story.

Honors offers a dynamic combination of research, leadership, civic engagement and service, communication, team-building, and committed cultural understanding within a community of learners.

You can read more in our Honors Informational Slides.

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It's not just about what looks good on a resume:

Tech Honors is about being a scholar who is — 

    • Open to growth, ready to think and question as a citizen of the world, 
    • A creative problem-solver, ready to look for reliable sources and to try new approaches.
    • Uses responsible initiative, curiosity, and creative thinking skills to explore and inquire.  

Honors means serving the world more deeply through a commitment to —

    • Critical thinking that goes beyond formulaic, well-trod paths.
    • Servant leadership that goes beyond simple solutions and feel-good projects.
    • Learning about how to keep learning: a commitment to process, not completing requirements and "getting it over with."

Learning how to ask more penetrating questions in all aspects of life—and doing so with a supportive community of thinkers—is at the heart of the Honors experience.


For First-Year College Students

If you are entering college as a full-time student for the first time, see How to Apply to see whether or not you earned college credits in high school. We look for a GPA of 3.5, in addition to evidence of the qualities described above.  ACT and SAT scores aren't necessary to apply. 

Ready to apply? Fill out our 2024 application for first-year students »


For Transfer Students and Current Tech Students 

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If you would like to apply to the Honors Program after you have started full-time study at Tech, or if you are transferring to Tech from another institution, you must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA after completing at least twelve credit hours as a full-time college student, and must submit a plan for completing the required 22 Honors credit hours with your application materials. You must have at least four semesters remaining before graduation. Please see "For Transfer and Continuing Students" in this section of the Honors website for full directions and our application. 

To find out more about how you can be a part of Honors at Tech, click on the links to the left.  

We look forward to hearing about you.