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Vol Access Collaborative

Together, the University of Tennessee System represents the state’s oldest higher education institution and preeminent public university. Each campus is distinctive while unified in our commitment to the student experience, discovery and outreach to positively impact our communities and beyond.

What is Vol Access Collaborative?

The Vol Access Collaborative is an invitation-only pilot pathway program designed to expand admission options to students interested in enrolling at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and increase access to a UT education. Select students not admitted to UT Knoxville will be offered the opportunity to begin their first year at another UT System campus (Chattanooga, Martin, Southern). After satisfying Vol Access Collaborative requirements during their freshman year, these students may transfer to UT Knoxville the following fall to complete their undergraduate study.

Select applicants to UT Knoxville not offered first-year admission will be notified of the opportunity to enroll as first-year students at another UT System campus to begin their college careers as part of this program. Students must indicate their interest by May 1, 2023.

The Vol Access Collaborative program encourages students to utilize UT’s statewide presence to access an affordable, top-rated, educational experience through the University of Tennessee System.

UT Chattanooga

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UT Martin

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UT Southern

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A Transfer Pathway to UT Knoxville

Vol Access Collaborative participants who meet first-year program requirements are guaranteed Fall 2024 transfer admission to UT Knoxville, and between UT System campuses, by meeting the following criteria: 

  • Complete 24+ transferable credit hours 
  • Achieve a 3.0+ GPA on a 4.0 scale 

Students who fall below these requirements may be holistically reviewed for admission eligibility. Additional requirements may apply to students interested in competitive majors—Architecture & Design; Business; Education, Health & Human Sciences; Engineering; Nursing; Online Social Work.


Scholarship Opportunities

Tennessee residents who participate in the Vol Access Collaborative pathway program who meet these requirements for guaranteed transfer admission are eligible for scholarships under the Tri-Star Scholarship Program.

  • UT Promise Scholarship
  • Tennessee Pledge Scholarship
  • Flagship Scholarship

For more information on the Tri-Star Scholarship Program, visit our One Stop website. You must be a US citizen or permanent resident to be considered for these awards.

Next Steps

To explore enrollment at one of UT Knoxville’s partner campuses, log into your Go Vols Portal and navigate to the Resources tab and indicate your interest by completing the Vol Access Collaborative form by May 1, 2023. After indicating your interest, please allow 5-7 business days for the campuses you are interested in to contact to you about next steps for enrollment.