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This event is perfect for:

  • High School Juniors
  • Multicultural Students

  • When

    February 22, 2019 to February 23, 2019
    All Day

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    The Office of Undergraduate Admissions invites you to participate in the UT Sneak Peek 2019 Overnight Visit Program on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23. Our office will provide round-trip transportation to and from the Knoxville campus, overnight lodging, and meals while on campus for a select group of qualified multicultural high school juniors from across the state of Tennessee and the region.

    The Sneak Peek 2019 Overnight Visit Program will be a unique two-day experience that will introduce students to the many features UT has to offer in the areas of academics, financial aid, and student life. You will have the opportunity to meet and speak with a variety of UT faculty, staff, and students, participate in student life activities, and take tours of the campus and residence halls.

    Note: Participants must have a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA on their 5 semester transcript to be eligible. Qualified students will be selected based an overall cumulative GPA from the entire time the student has been in high school and not just the current semester or a one term GPA.

    How can you sign up for the 2019 Sneak Peek Overnight Visit Program?

    To apply, you must complete these 3 simple steps:

    1. Complete your online Sneak Peek Overnight Program Application by Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
    2. Upload your completed Medical Release Form by Wednesday, February 6, 2019 to the application above OR you may mail, fax, or email your medical release form to: JaNay’ Turner, Coordinator of Diversity Recruitment
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions
      320 Student Services Building
      Knoxville, TN 37996
      (865) 974-9037 phone
      (865) 974-1182 fax
    3. Consistently check your email inbox! All further correspondence regarding the 2019 Sneak Peek Overnight Visit Program will be sent via e-mail. Please be sure to check your email daily as some e-mails will require a prompt response from you.

    Additional Information

    As you continue through your college selection process, please remember that college visits are the ultimate way of learning about an institution that is interested in you. You can see if UT will fit your needs, both academically and personally by visiting us in the spring. We hope you and your friends will take advantage of this opportunity and join us along with other students from across the region by being our honored guests.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How much does the Sneak Peek Program cost?
    There is no charge for the student to attend this program. Transportation (Memphis, Jackson, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Atlanta areas only), meals (while on campus), and lodging are provided by the UT Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

    How are students selected to attend the 2019 Sneak Peek Overnight Visit Program?
    Students will be selected based on a holistic review of criteria including date of registration and academic profile (3.0 or better cumulative GPA from the full time the student has been in high school and ACT/SAT scores if available). An email regarding your selection status will be sent to you once all the information has been processed, so please make sure the email address provided is active and the inbox can receive messages.

    Where can I find my cumulative GPA from the full time I have been in high school?
    Most schools provide overall GPAs on report cards or transcripts. You can confirm your cumulative GPA by consulting with your school counselor.

    What is the deadline to register for Sneak Peek?
    The priority registration deadline for Sneak Peek participants is Wednesday, February 6, 2019 or until we have reached capacity with academically eligible applicants. Space is limited, so register today!


    How do I get to campus?
    The Undergraduate Admissions Office will provide two (2) charter buses to bring students from Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville to the Knoxville campus. There will be a van to bring students from Atlanta, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee to the Knoxville campus.  Due to limited space on our vehicles, we will conduct a selection process for students to ride on buses and vans, so make sure your application is complete!

    If you do not live in one of the transport areas, then you will need to arrive by car. Students may drive; however, we recommend that a parent/guardian bring you or drop you off. There is NO cost for a student to attend this program, and parking while on campus will be complimentary. Note: There is free parking in the Locust Street Garage near the Hilton Hotel and there is a charge to park at the hotel garage.

    Where do I meet the buses?

    Buses will depart from Memphis on Friday, February 22 from the Super Wal-Mart on highway 64, across from the Wolfchase Galleria Mall at 6:30 am CST. Students will need money for food to and from Knoxville. The bus will stop outside of Nashville for fast food.

    Buses will depart from Jackson on Friday, February 22 at 8:00 am CST from the Super Wal-Mart which is located at 2196 Emporium drive. Students will need money for food to and from Knoxville. The bus will stop outside of Nashville for fast food.

    Buses will load in Nashville Friday, February 22 starting at 12:30 pm CST at Opry Mills at Entrance 1 (near the Nike Factory Store, H&M, and Chuy’s) on Briley Pkwy. The buses will depart soon thereafter for Knoxville.


    The buses will depart from Atlanta on Friday, February 22, at 1:30 pm from Cumberland Mall in the Macy’s parking lot (the side of Macy’s adjacent to the Food Court entrance). The mall is located at 1000 Cumberland Mall, Atlanta, GA 30339. Students will need to eat lunch prior to boarding the bus.

    The buses will depart from Chattanooga on Friday, February 22 at 3:00pm EST from Hamilton Place Mall in the Sears parking lot (the side facing Carraba’s Italian Grill).  Students will need to eat lunch prior to boarding the bus.

    I plan to drive to Knoxville…where do I meet the group? Can you give me directions?
    Plan to meet our staff at the Hilton Hotel Downtown between 4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor meeting room. If you plan to arrive after 5 p.m., call JaNay’ Turner at 865-974-9037 to make alternate arrangements. Dinner will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. EDT.

    Directions to the Downton Hilton of Knoxville
    501 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902-2591, 865-523-2300

    Traveling I-75 North to I-40 East (or I-40 East from all points west of Knoxville)

    Take exit 388 toward downtown (stay in left lane).
    Continue through tunnel toward downtown.
    At second traffic light, turn left onto Church Street.
    The Hilton Knoxville will be on your left.

    Traveling I-81 South to I-40 West (or I-40 West from all points east of Knoxville)

    Take the Hall of Fame Drive Exit.
    Turn left onto Hall of Fame Drive.
    Turn right onto Summit Hill Drive.
    Continue straight on Summit Hill Drive.
    After crossing Gay Street, turn left onto Locust Street (by the Fire Station).
    Travel three blocks to Church Avenue, and turn left at the traffic light.
    The Hilton Knoxville will be on your left.

    Where will I stay while I’m on campus?
    Students will stay in hotel rooms at the Downtown Hilton Knoxville. UT staff and student leaders will also stay in the hotel with Overnight Visit students.

    Note: Students will only room with other students. UT staff will assign roommates at random.

    What do I need to bring?
    Each student will need to bring a change of clothes (only one bag please) and personal hygiene products. You will only need money for snacks while traveling (students on the buses will need money for 2 fast food stops at the mall), late night cravings, and any souvenirs you may purchase while on campus.

    Contact us

    JaNay’ Turner, Knoxville Office,, (865) 974-9037

    Schedule of events

    We strive to be an inclusive campus and offer events and visit experiences year-round with all students in mind. Each event is offered multiple times throughout the year in an effort to provide options to our students and families. Should this date conflict with your schedule, please let us know so that we can share other like-events and/or plan another campus visit opportunity especially for you. We look forward to hosting you on Rocky Top!


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