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Application Requirements for Certain Programs

Some of our programs require more than an application to UT.

We are currently working through admissions requirements and the process for these programs for our test-optional applicants for Fall 2021. Please continue to check this page for updates.

College of Architecture and Design

A portfolio of your artwork is not required but is recommended. Admission decisions are made holistically by faculty of the School of Architecture or School of Interior Architecture.


College of Nursing

Nursing applicants must submit a “nursing statement” in response to a prompt outlined by the college. Visit the Freshman Applicant Information section of the College of Nursing website for more information and the essay prompt.

The University of Tennessee and the College of Nursing have decided to make standardized test scores optional for the 2021 application. Students can select to include their ACT or SAT scores as part of their application.

Admissions criteria is based on several performance criteria, including completion of core academic subjects, GPA scores on these subjects, and standardized test (SAT or ACT) scores, if submitted.

For those students who choose not to submit test scores, you will be considered a test-optional student. Applicants will be reviewed for admission using high school core GPA weighted of 3.80 or higher and grades earned in four math courses, including pre-calculus or higher and one unit of chemistry. Advanced placement/International Baccalaureate and dual enrollment math and chemistry courses will be included with this holistic review.

Test Score Optional examples:

  • 3.80-3.99 High School Core GPA Weighted
  • 3 units of high school math including pre-calculus or higher, grade achieved A
  • 3 units of high school natural science with a lab, preferably Biology/Chemistry/Anatomy and Physiology, grade achieved A

OR

  • 4.00+ High School Core GPA Weighted
  • 3 units of high school math including pre-calculus or higher, grade achieved B or higher
  • 3 units of high school natural science with a lab, preferably Biology/Chemistry/Anatomy and Physiology, grade achieved B or higher

If you choose to submit test scores with your admissions application, we will calculate a Success Prediction Indicator (SPI). For consideration in the College of Nursing, your minimum SPI predictor should be at least 62 and a math ACT of 25 or a math SAT of 590. The SPI is calculated by adding an individual’s ACT mathematics score to 10 times their core high school GPA (based on a 4.0 scale). For information about what core high school courses are selected to calculate your core GPA, please refer to this list.

SPI EXAMPLE: A student with a high school core GPA of 3.7 and an ACT mathematics score of 25 would have an SPI of 62 using the formula (3.7 X 10) + 25 = 62. SAT scores are converted to an equivalent ACT score to perform this calculation.


Pre-Pharmacy Direct Admit Program

The required minimum weighted core GPA is a 3.5 and an ACT of 25 (or SAT ERW+M of 1220). We are currently working through admissions requirements for test-optional applicants. Applicants are offered admission to the Pre-Pharmacy Direct Admit Program based on holistic evaluation by the faculty and staff of the UT College of Pharmacy. Other pre-pharmacy applicants are admitted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions based on standard UT admission requirements.


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School of Music

Depending on the concentration you choose, you may be required to audition and/or interview. Additional information is available from the School of Music.


Tickle College of Engineering

The University of Tennessee and the Tickle College of Engineering have decided to make standardized test scores optional for the 2021 application. Students can select to include their ACT or SAT scores as part of their application.

Admissions criteria is based on several performance criteria, including completion of core academic subjects, GPA scores on these subjects, and standardized test (SAT or ACT) scores, if submitted. Students who may not meet the test-score or test-optional criteria will be holistically reviewed for admission into TCE.

If you choose to submit test scores with your admissions application, we will calculate a Success Prediction Indicator (SPI). For consideration in the Tickle College of Engineering, your minimum SPI predictor should be at least 60 and a math ACT of 25 or a math SAT of 590. The admitted class may also be limited by space available in the college. The SPI is calculated by adding an individual’s ACT mathematics score to 10 times their core high school GPA (based on a 4.0 scale). For information about what core high school courses are selected to calculate your core GPA, please refer to this list.

SPI EXAMPLE: A student with a high school core GPA of 3.5 and an ACT mathematics score of 28 would have an SPI of 63 using the formula (3.5 X 10) + 28 = 63. SAT scores are converted to an equivalent ACT score to perform this calculation.

Students who wish to pursue an engineering degree at UT but do not meet the college admission criterion may enroll as University Exploratory students and complete appropriate mathematics, science, and other courses before applying again for admission to the college.

Student denied entry under test score criteria will be considered under test-optional criteria.

For those students who choose not to submit test scores, you will be considered a test-optional student. Applicants will be reviewed for admission using high school core GPA weighted of 3.80 or higher and grades earned in four math courses, including pre-calculus or higher and one unit of chemistry. Advanced placement/International Baccalaureate and dual enrollment math and chemistry courses will be included with this holistic review.

Test Score Optional examples:

  • 3.80-3.99 High School Core GPA Weighted
  • 4 units of high school math including pre-calculus or higher, grade achieved A (including AP/IB and dual enrollment math and chemistry)
  • 1-unit Chemistry, grade achieved A

OR

  • 4.00+ High School Core GPA Weighted
  • 4 units of high school math including pre-calculus, grade achieved B or higher (including AP/IB and dual enrollment math and chemistry)
  • 1-unit Chemistry, grade achieved B or higher

Students who may not meet the test-score or test-optional criteria will be holistically reviewed for admission into TCE.

Students denied admission to the TCE based on Test Score and/or Test Optional criteria may follow the TCE Internal Transfer Admissions policy and process as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog: 

Transfer students, including internal University of Tennessee, Knoxville, transfers, must meet the minimum requirements stated below to be considered for admission to a major within the college. These minimum standards for consideration do not guarantee being admitted to the major. The final admission decision for the major resides with the department head or designee.

  • Must have earned a minimum 2.8 cumulative average and a C or better in each of these specific courses, or their equivalent: ENGL 101*, CHEM 120* (for Computer Science students: COSC 102 and COSC 130 or equivalents), and MATH 132* or MATH 141* (and subsequent courses in the three sequences, if taken).
  • If the student has completed any physics course, he/she must have earned a grade of C or better.
  • The overall record will be evaluated for quality and seriousness of purpose. An excessive number of withdrawals, incompletes, repeated courses, or failures may result in denial.

Any University of Tennessee, Knoxville, student desiring association with one of the departments in the Tickle College of Engineering should go to the Engineering Advising Office. An advising session is held with the major items of consideration being the same as for external transfer students.

If external transfer students are denied admission to the Tickle College of Engineering, the student must contact Undergraduate Admissions to declare a new major for admission to UT.