Freshmen

You have some big shoes to fill, and we know you can do it. UT is the state’s leading public teaching and research university, and our incoming freshmen class helps us maintain that standard. Along with meeting enrollment guidelines established by our Board of Trustees, we also strive to admit a class that represents the diversity of the state of Tennessee.

Each fall, the size of our freshmen class size helps us maintain a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 21,000 students. Check our admission requirements to find out what we require from you.

If you took classes or exams in Advanced Placement (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or Cambridge International, you may be able to receive credit for course work at UT. Find out more.

When to Apply

Applications for the coming year are available in early August. Check our important dates page for specifics.

Application Process

Apply to UT by becoming a VIP (Vol in Progress), or apply to UT and other schools by using the Common Application. You’re reviewed the same regardless of which application you use.

The University of Tennessee
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
320 Student Services Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-0230

If you have completed any high school or college academic work outside the United States, you must submit your official transcripts to an evaluation agency that’s a member of the NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services). Freshman applicants must have a general evaluation with GPA calculation. Transfer applicants must have a detailed or course-by-course evaluation including a calculated college GPA for all college work completed in a country other than the US. UT  will only be able to process an application after receiving the necessary report from the evaluation company.

Companies offering these evaluation services include:

UT will also accept records of your ACT and SAT exams that appear on your official high school transcripts. For summer and fall applicants, test scores must be received by the admissions office by December 1. They must include UT’s ACT or College Board code.

Admission Decisions

After you apply, you will receive an e-mail response that tells you how to check your application status online through your VIP account. It may also tell you that UT has not yet received your official transcript or test scores. We encourage you to wait three weeks after receiving this notice before asking your guidance office about records UT still needs.

Applicants for fall who meet the December 15 application deadline will receive an initial admission decision by the end of March.

Confirming Enrollment

For the fall, first time entering freshmen must complete requirements including activating your e-mail, confirming your enrollment, and paying your non-refundable $250 enrollment deposit fee by May 1. The deposit is applied to your first semester fees. You must pay the deposit by the indicated deadline before you can get a campus housing contract or register for student orientation.

Attending Student Orientation

Freshmen and transfer students are required to participate in our student orientation program. It includes academic advising and registration for classes.

International students participate in orientation sessions conducted by the Center for International Education.

Applying for Campus Housing

Visit the University Housing website for information on residence halls. Selection is prioritized based on the date you confirm your attendance and pay your enrollment deposit fee.

Applying for Scholarships and Financial Aid

One Stop Express Student Services can help guide you on how to apply for financial aid including grants, scholarships, work study, and loans. Your completed application for admission must be received before UT can offer any scholarships. Once you submit the admissions part of your application and pay the $40 application fee, a link to complete the scholarship segment appears on your VIP page.

You can complete the scholarship segment at a different time, but you must submit it no later than November 1 to be considered for UT’s competitive, campus-wide, and departmental scholarships.

If you’re applying through the Common Application, the scholarship essay question is included in the UT questions.

Applying for Honors Programs

Incoming freshmen and transfer students should consult the Chancellor’s Honors website for admissions information. Returning students should consult college and department websites for the honors admissions and retention policies and procedures. If you are interested in the Baker Scholars program, you can apply during your freshman year or later.