The interdisciplinary Honors Program provides an enhanced learning environment for exceptional University of Tampa students. Led by a distinguished faculty, students are challenged to aim higher and go farther in their lives, communities and careers.

Honors Program students thrive in a close-knit atmosphere among the most inquisitive, intellectually spirited and enterprising students. They enjoy specialized classes on stimulating topics, attend symposia, conduct original scholarship, participate in the Harvard Model United Nations program, and state, regional and national honors conferences.

Honors students also compete for opportunities to study at Oxford University in England, semester-long internships in Washington, D.C., and paid undergraduate research fellowships at UT. Other benefits include access to a specially-equipped Honors lounge and an option to live on an Honors floor in University residence halls. Students must be full-time to be eligible for these opportunities. Applications for all the Honors opportunities are online.

Honors Program Admission

First-year and transfer students are automatically considered for the Honors Program when they apply to the University, and, if accepted, are considered "Honors Eligible." A separate application for full enrollment in the Honors Program is required at the end of the first-year for freshmen, after completion of their first Honors course for transfer students and for all continuing students. 

Admission requirements for the Honors Program are as follows: 
  • Freshmen: 3.5 GPA and 1240 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT. Writing test scores are not included in SAT or ACT test score requirements and will not be considered for Honors Program admission.
  • Transfers: 3.5 GPA or very strong recommendation from a community college Honors director.
  • Continuing Students: Same requirements as other Honors Program students. Scheduling should be discussed with Honors Program director by contacting the Honors Program office at

Program Course Requirements

  • Pathways to Honors (HON101 and 102) 
  • Five other honors courses of at least three credit hours each. Those courses can include:
    • Regular honors classes
    • Honors independent study
    • Honors enrichment tutorials
    • Honors thesis
    • Honors abroad seminars
    • Washington seminars and internship
    • Oxford tutorials

Timothy Smith Award

The annual award, offered through the Honors Program, has been established to honor the life of Timothy M. Smith.

Award Requirements