Jesup Scott Honors College

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Learning by doing - that's the vision of UT's founder and our college's namesake, Jesup Scott.


We will work with students to define their goals, develop their interests, and put together a customized education plan that will transform their future vision into reality. Students have the freedom to choose in-class, virtual, and out-of-class experiences.

Named to honor the former newspaper editor who established The University of Toledo, the Jesup Scott Honors College was founded in 1963, making it one of the oldest honors programs at a state university.

Relaunched in 2013, the college is highly selective and distinguishes itself from other honors colleges with a unique blend of admission requirements that not only take into account academic performance, but also activities that demonstrate a high level of motivation and achievement. Direct-from-high school student applicants must possess a minimum of a 3.5 high school GPA and a 25 ACT/1150 SAT test score. Read more about the application process here.

The College is a pioneer in experiential learning for its students — which means internships, co-ops, research, service learning, study abroad and more — optional accelerated, three-year degree programs and the possibility of preferred admission to advanced degree programs at UT. The Honors College also houses the Office of Undergraduate Research, leading to a rich participation of Honors students in research at home and abroad. Honors students also have access to dedicated Honors housing and scholarship/grant funds designed to defray the costs associated with research, study abroad, and other educational opportunities.

Unique Honors programming also exists for our students, including special interest groups dedicated to anything from yoga to fine and adventurous dining in Toledo. Many of these offerings are intertwined with events sponsored by the Honors exclusive living and learning communities, and have historically included trips to Cedar Point and the Toledo Museum of Arts. Honors students also benefit from the Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series, which brings some of the most exciting and innovative social luminaries to campus to interact with Honors students as well as the broader community.

Promoting fellowship is also a key goal of the College. Occupying one of the oldest sectors of campus, the College community offers its students a comfortable yet prestigious home at a larger institution. Our students enjoy personalized attention from the Honors Success Coaches, to whom they have access during their full undergraduate career, as well as our College leadership - all of whom are committed to connecting Honors students to a wide range of opportunities. In their Honors classes, students benefit from small class sizes and intimate dialogue with their peers and our dedicated Honors faculty. This sense of community is instilled in our students even before their first day of college at Jesup Jam, an Honors exclusive orientation extraordinaire!

Students enrolled in the Honors College stand to graduate with an Honors College diploma and medallion upon achievement of the following criteria: at least a 3.3 cumulative college GPA, a minimum of 33 Honors credit hours of the credit hours total needed to graduate from the university, and completion of all the requirements for an approved degree program within the college of his or her major. These requirements are further detailed here.

Last Updated: 11/16/15