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Honors Program

The Honors Program at Walters State provides students with opportunities to gain the highest level of academic challenge and quality leadership from dedicated faculty who share a commitment to excellence in teaching and service.

The program is designed for students who have an outstanding academic record, who are academically motivated and desire an intellectual challenge. Students accepted into the Honors Program will complete honors-level assignments and projects in approved courses specified in their program of study. Out-of-state students who meet TN residency requirements and are formally accepted into the honors program may be eligible for an out-of-state tuition waiver.

Graduates who complete 18 credit hours of Honors coursework will receive an Honors designation on their WSCC diploma.

Honors Program Applicant Eligibility

    To apply for admission to the program, a new student must have one of the following:

  •  Valid ACT composite score of 24 or higher (scores must be less than five years old)
  •  Valid SAT composite score of 1180 or higher (scores must be less than five years old)
  •  Valid Accuplacer average score of 263 or higher (scores must be less than five years old)
  •  Unweighted high school GPA of 3.6 or higher (within 5 years of graduation date)
  • Honors Program Application


Continuing students may apply for admission after one or more semesters of enrollment at Walters State. Continuing student applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in 12 or more Walters State college-level hours and no unsatisfied Learning Support requirements.

Transfer students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in 12 or more transferable college-level hours, an ACT/SAT composite score of 24 or higher (score must be less than 5 years old) and no unsatisfied Learning Support requirements, or an unweighted high school GPA of 3.6 or higher (within five years of graduation) may also apply.

Retention Requirements

To maintain good standing in the program, Honors students must earn Honors course credit each semester, successfully complete a total of 18 honors credits, and maintain a 3.25 cumulative grade point average per year without earning lower than a 2.8 GPA in any one term. Grades are monitored each term. See the Walters State Catalog and Student Handbook for additional Honors Program information.