The mission of the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College is to educate students broadly
and to expose them to experiences outside of their normal environments. The Honors
College is dedicated to the following core values: scholarship, character, service,
and leadership. The main goal of the college is to nurture students—keeping them fully
engaged intellectually, academically, and socially—through a timely graduation with
high honors. Finally, the Honors College seeks to help its graduates with their next
educational and/or career endeavors.
Why Consider the TSU Honors College?
The Honors College:
- prepares students for success in the local, national and international arenas.
- provides scholarships to freshman.
- is associated with a dynamic Houston urban university with an historical mission of
educating a diverse student body.
- is centrally located in the 4th largest city in the U.S. – near the Texas Medical
Center, Museum District, and NASA.
- utilizes world-renowned faculty and administrative leadership, and stresses student
academic support and guidance. The Honors College is named in honor of Dr. Thomas
Franklin Freeman, the distinguished professor of psychology and philosophy and legendary
coach of the acclaimed debate team at Texas Southern University. Among his accomplishments,
Dr. Freeman instructed such iconic figures as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rep.
Barbara Jordan, and advised Academy Award winner Denzel Washington in preparation
for his performance in the film The Great Debaters.
How to obtain Admission
Admission to the Honors College is limited to students who have exceptional academic
backgrounds and an interest in continued rigorous collegiate-level coursework. Prospective
students should complete the application for admission to the university as well as
Honors College documents. Acceptance into the Honors College is based on certain criteria.
Eligibility Requirements for High School Seniors:
- Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher on 4.0 scale, or, top 10% of class
- ACT composite score of 25 or higher
- SAT score of 1200 or higher on the Mathematics and Critical Reading sections
- Exceptions may be petitioned to the dean of the Honors College.
All applicants must submit (a) this form, (b) copies of their transcripts, and (c)
a 500-word essay in which they respond to the question, "Who Am I?.".
High school seniors also must submit (d) copies of their SAT and/or ACT score reports,
and (e) three letters of support – on the school's letterhead – preferably from their
teachers in English, mathematics and any science.
Special Note on Financial Assistance
If a student receives a scholarship through the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College,
it is with the condition that the student will first enroll in Texas Southern University
in the fall semester of the academic year the scholarship covers. The University considers
the Honors College scholarship to be part of the total financial aid package. Federal
and state financial aid programs require that students not receive financial aid in
excess of their financial need, as determined by their Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA). If a student should receive financial aid through Texas Southern
University, the Office of Student Financial Assistance will determine whether the
award from the Honors College necessitates a revision of the financial aid package.
This may result in the adjustment of the Honors College award.
Application Deadlines for High School Seniors:
- Early Admissions Deadline: December 1, 2014
- Regular Admissions Deadline: March 2, 2015
*The Honors College will begin awarding scholarships as early as December 1, 2014. We strongly encourage early applications for admissions to the Honors College.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE
IF TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES ARISE, PLEASE EMAIL HONORSDEAN@TSU.EDU OR CALL THE THOMAS F. FREEMAN HONORS COLLEGE AT 713-313-6725