Applying as a Current Student

UT Tyler Honors College

Current UT Tyler students have the opportunity to enter the Honors College for a two or three year commitment that focuses on expanding major-specific coursework and offers the opportunity to pursue individual research.

Current students who join the Honors College at the start of their sophomore year will take at least one Honors Core course each semester before moving into their major specific research.

Students who join the Honors College at the start of their junior year will begin their time in honors by choosing their Honors Track: Service, Leadership, or Research. Students who choose the Servie or Leadership tracks will work the the Honors Coordinator to develop and implement projects within the Honors College. Students who choose the Research track will contract with faculty members in upper-division courses within their major to complete additional work. Contracts may include an additional project, additional readings, additional meetings with a faculty member, additional research time in the faculty member's lab, etc.

In the senior year, the students in the Service and Leadership tracks will work with the Honors Coordinator to develop a year-long project to implement in the Honors College, across the UT Tyler campus, or in the East Texas region. Students in the Research track will investigate a research question over the course of an academic year and compose either a paper for submission to an undergraduate research journal or a poster for presentation at an undergraduate research conference. Students in all three tracks will also present their Honors Senior Project at the Lyceum.

Eligibility Requirements

Required to apply and at the time of participation:

  • UT Tyler Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Good standing with the university.
  • At least 2 full years of degree coursework remaining (not including summer semesters).

 If you are majoring in Nursing or Psychology, please be sure to read the Honors in the Major page for more information.

To apply to join the Honors College in Fall 2023 as a Current UT Tyler Student, please use this link:

The Current Student Application for Fall 2023 will be open until July 28, 2023.

Please email Laura Grace Dykes ( with any questions or concerns.