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We are proud to call our students a part of the Volunteer family, and we want YOU to join us on Rocky Top! We are a community with a rich tradition of leadership and service, driven to achieve by the Volunteer Spirit. No matter where your background, the Volunteer Spirit accepts all. There has never been a better time to become a Volunteer!

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.

UT accepts either ACT or SAT scores (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 1st ACT 2nd ACT Best Scores 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.

Other factors include:

  • Rigor of your high school curriculum
  • Difficulty of senior-level course work
  • Extracurricular or leadership activities
  • One essay*

*Choose one of three; the essay should be brief (a few paragraphs) and it is your opportunity to tell us more about you, and let us hear “your voice.”

  • Awards
  • Special talents or skills
  • Your personal statement (optional)
  • Letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors (optional)
  • Certain college requirements

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

Read UT’s test score policy here.

Application Process


Apply to UT by becoming a VIP (Vol in Progress) or by using the Common Application. You can pay the $50 application fee online when you submit your application or you can pay by money order.

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. We do not use the scores for the writing portion of the ACT/SAT. For summer and fall applicants, test scores must be received by the admissions office by December 31. They must include UT’s ACT or College Board code.


Application Checklist:

Use this check list to make sure you have all the items you need to have a complete application.

  • VIP (Vol In Progress)* application or the Common Application *As a VIP, you can check your application status, schedule campus visits, register for events, get campus updates, and learn more about our programs.
  • Official high school transcript and/or transcripts from secondary institutions via AP, CLEP, IB, dual enrollment or Cambridge (link to tables: http://admissions.utk.edu/apply/freshmen/apclep/)
  • Standardized test scores. Scores must be sent directly to us from testing agencies or school counselors to be accepted.
  • $50 application fee. If you would like to request a waiver for your application fee, please submit the fee waiver form.
  • One required essay (choose one of the following):
    • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or a time you experienced failure. How did it affect you and what did you learn from the experience?
    • Tell us about a time when you took the lead in solving an issue or a challenge impacting you or your community, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you, what steps you took to identify a solution, and the impact of your efforts.
    • What makes you unique? We strive to know the whole you and want to better understand how your unique qualities will contribute to our campus community. Share with us the qualities you believe make you “you” and/or a unique experience that will help introduce us to you.
  • College requirements (College of Architecture and Design, Engineering, Music, Nursing)
  • OPTIONAL
    • Recommendations (academic, professional, or personal)
    • Personal statement

Application Deadlines:

Fall Entry

November 1: Priority admission and competitive scholarships deadline
Apply by this date for priority admission and to be eligible to apply for competitive scholarships or the Chancellor’s Honor Program. Once admitted, students must also complete separate scholarship and/or honors applications.

December 15: Regular admission and institutional scholarships deadline
Apply by this date for admission and to be considered for institutional scholarships, including the Volunteer Scholarship.

Spring Entry

November 1: Regular admission and institutional scholarships deadline
Apply by this date for admission and to be considered for institutional scholarships, including the Volunteer Scholarship.

Summer Entry

November 1: Priority admission and competitive scholarships deadline
Apply by this date for priority admission and to be eligible to apply for competitive scholarships or the Chancellor’s Honor Program. Once admitted, students must also complete separate scholarship and/or honors applications.

December 15: Regular admission and institutional scholarships deadline
Apply by this date for admission and to be considered for institutional scholarships, including the Volunteer Scholarship.

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