Mission Statement

The mission of the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College is to provide challenging courses and academic enhancement experiences for the scholars to achieve, and to promote critical thinking skills, intellectual engagement and strong research opportunities as it prepares scholars to excel in graduate or professional schools and a career path.

Why Consider the TSU 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 open 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
Eligibility Requirements for Transfer and Continuing Students:
  • No more than 60 semester credit hours
  • Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher on 4.0 scale

High school seniors are encouraged to sub­mit (d) three letters of support – on the school's letterhead – preferably from their teachers in English, mathematics and any science. Transfer and new continuing students are encouraged to submit one (1) letter of support – from a college professor in their major.  

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.

Deadlines for High School Seniors:

  • Early Admissions Deadline: December 5, 2022
  • Regular Admissions Deadline: March 15, 2023
  • Late Admissions Deadline: June 5, 2023

*The Honors College will begin awarding scholarships to qualified high school seniors as early as December 5, 2022. Early inquiries are strongly encouraged.


Deadline for first-time Transfer and Continuing TSU students:

  • Admissions Deadline: June 5, 2023