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
- ACT composite score of at least 23 or higher
- SAT score of at least 1100 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Mathematics sections
- Strong essay
- Successful interview
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
- Strong essay
- Successful interview
All applicants must electronically submit (a) a completed application, (b) copies of their transcripts, and (c) a 700-word essay (approximately 2 to 3 pages, with a central theme and supporting details) in which they respond to the question, "Why do I wish to enroll in the Honors College and what can I contribute to the program?"
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 5, 2020
- Regular Admissions Deadline: March 15, 2021
- Late Admissions Deadline: July 5, 2021
*The Honors College will begin awarding scholarships as early as December 5, 2020. We strongly encourage early applications for admissions to the Honors College.
Application Deadline for first-time Transfer and Continuing TSU students:
- Admissions Deadline: July 5, 2021
IF TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES ARISE, PLEASE EMAIL HONORSDEAN@TSU.EDU OR CALL THE THOMAS F. FREEMAN HONORS COLLEGE AT 713-313-6725.