Welcome to the Honors College!

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In 1998, MTSU's honors program, which had begun in 1973, became an Honors College. Just a few years later, with the help of generous alumni and friends, the College moved into a state-of-the-art building, that is now a central part of East campus. While the physical facilities have improved immensely, the College maintains its mission of providing an undergraduate education of exceptional quality and value to a small but diverse student population deeply committed to scholarship.

To fulfill this mission, the Honors College fosters the academic excellence and nurturing environment of a small, select, private, liberal arts college within the setting of a major university. The free exchange of ideas and the opportunity to learn from one another in small classes taught by expert faculty make the Honors College experience rich and meaningful.

We offer Buchanan Fellowships, Honors Transfer Fellowships, and other awards to students who would like to join us, and we, in turn, work diligently to advance the careers of students who are here. Since 2008, MTSU students have won 16 Fulbright Awards to teach or study abroad. Six science students have won Goldwater Scholarships, another eight were given Honorable Mention commendations, and many others have spent their summers doing Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU's). Students have been finalists for Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships. One has received a Udall Award, two have attended UK Summer Fulbright Institutes, and many others have won Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Boren, Gilman, and Critical Language Scholarships. 

The College supports students who want to study abroad as well as those who want to present their scholarly research. Last year over 80 students wrote theses and graduated with honors.

The College is the home of an award-winning literary magazine and a journal of undergraduate research. We also work closely with the Honors Student Association and the Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies.

We welcome visits by high school and transfer students interested in finding out about the opportunities that we offer. Each President's Day, the College hosts an open house. We would be delighted to have you as our guest!

Dr. John R. Vile
Dean, University Honors College