Volunteer Scholarship

We want the very best and brightest students to join our Volunteer Family, and we are ready to invest in your future with our new Volunteer Scholarship Program.

Incoming first-year students with a minimum 3.8 GPA* who apply for admission by December 1 for the fall 2015 semester are eligible. Individual award amounts—up to $8,000 per year (in-state) or $18,000 per year (out-of-state)—will be based on the student’s ACT or SAT score.

Learn more on the One Stop website.

We are rolling out the orange carpet for you! Be a Vol!

You’ll be in fantastic company here. Our student body represents the best from the state of Tennessee, forty-nine other states, and more than ninety countries. We offer more than 170 undergraduate degree programs, including several honors programs, and we award $28 million in annual scholarships.

Application opens August 1.

Visit for a list of helpful tips for completing your application.


November 1: Priority admissions deadline

Apply by this date for priority admission and in order to be eligible to apply for competitive scholarships or the Chancellor’s Honors Program. Once admitted, students must also complete separate scholarship and/or honors applications.

December 1: Regular admissions deadline

Apply by this date for admission and to be considered for institutional scholarships, including the Volunteer Scholarship.

How to Apply

Application opens August 1. There are two ways you can apply for admission at UT:

1. Visit vip.utk. eduVIP benefits

The applications for the coming year are available beginning August 1. Be sure to log into/create your Vol in Progress (VIP) account and apply for admission and scholarships. There are priority application deadlines and regular application deadlines in the fall. We begin sending admission decisions in December.

As a VIP, you can also check your application status, schedule campus visits, register for events, get campus updates, and learn more about our programs.

2. Use and choose the University of Tennessee

If you’re a first-time freshman applicant who plans to apply to UT and other schools, you can use the Common Application. Fill out your application once and submit it along with your documents to any school that participates.

If you’d like to request a waiver for your application fee, here’s the form you need to submit.

Types of Applicants

UT recognizes several types of undergraduate admission applicants. Find out your category to determine more about your application deadline and the submission process. If you’re a transfer student, you can also learn what credits will count toward your degree at UT.

Admission Requirements

Our admission requirements are made up of: core academic subjects, core GPA, standardized test scores, and other individual factors. To send your test scores to UT Knoxville, use the following codes: 1843 for SAT and 4026 for ACT.

Freshmen: If you want to be admitted to the College of Architecture & Design, Engineering, or Nursing, there are special requirements that will affect your application process.

Transfer students: If you want to be admitted to certain colleges, you will have to meet special requirements.

SuccessIn-state Student or Out of State?

You should also find out if you qualify as an in-state student or an out-of-state student. The answer helps determine how much it costs for you to attend UT.

Student Residency Classification

The Registrar’s Office handles your residency classification. For more information, contact a classification officer.