Admission Requirements

UT has a competitive admissions process. Our holistic admissions review process takes many different factors into account.

Freshman admissions decisions are based on:

  • 4 units of English
  • 2 units of algebra
  • 1 unit of geometry
  • 1 unit of trigonometry, calculus, statistics, or other advanced math
  • 1 unit of biology
  • 1 unit of chemistry or physics
  • 1 unit of additional science
  • 1 unit of American history
  • 1 unit of European history, world history, or world geography
  • 2 units of a single foreign language
  • 1 unit of visual or performing arts

The state of Tennessee posts graduation requirements on its Department of Education website.

In the core academic subjects, your GPA will be weighted by UT to reflect honors courses (0.5 quality points added), and Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and dual enrollment courses (1.0 quality points added). UT will use unweighted high school course grades as the basis for adding these weightings for the UT core GPA calculation.

Either ACT or SAT (UT does not require the essay). We use the super scoring method of combining test scores into a new composite score. For example:

Super Scoring
Subject Your 1st ACT Your 2nd ACT Your Best Scores Your Super Score
English 22 25 25 25
Math 24 22 24 24
Reading 24 26 26 26
Science 27 25 27 27
Composite 24 25 25 26

Our codes are 4026 for ACT, and 1843 for SAT. You can re-take the tests and re-send us your scores through December 31 (if you wish to be considered for scholarships).

These include:

  • Rigor of your high school curriculum
  • Difficulty of senior-level course work
  • Extracurricular or leadership activities
  • 2 essays*
  • Awards
  • Special talents or skills
  • Your personal statement (optional)
  • Letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors (optional)

*The essays are your opportunity to tell us more about you, your reason for choosing UT, and your academic interests. It doesn’t need to be very elaborate but it is a great way for us to hear “your voice.” Don’t worry if you haven’t chosen a path of study yet. Just briefly tell us about you and your interests.

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.

Requirements for other students