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FAQ and Tips

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about applying to UT and some tips to help you with the application process. Remember, our helpful team is always here to help if you have further questions. Give us a call at 865-974-1111 or email us at admissions@utk.edu.

Campus Visits and Admissions Programs

  • Campus Tours: Visit govols.utk.edu/portal/campustours to choose your date and time. If you visit us on a weekday, meet us at the UT Visitors Center at 2712 Neyland Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37996. Saturday tours start at Office of Undergraduate Admissions, at 320 Student Services Building, 1331 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37996.
  • Events: Visit our Events page for registration and event information.
  • Questions about visiting campus or attending programs? Contact us at 865-946-TOUR(8687) or tours@utk.edu.

Application Deadlines

  • November 1: Priority deadline for admission and competitive scholarships. Apply for admission by this date. Once admitted, you will receive a link to the scholarship application, which is must be submitted by December 15.
  • December 15: Regular admission and institutional scholarships deadline. Apply for admission by December 1 to be considered for institutional scholarships, including the Volunteer Scholarship.

Submitting Your Application

  • Submit your application beginning in August through your VIP account or the Common App.
  • For admission, we require: your application, GPA, ACT or SAT scores, and one short-answer essay.
  • For admission, we consider: rigor of your high school curriculum and difficulty of senior-level coursework, extracurricular or leadership activities and awards, special talents or skills, personal statement (optional), and letters of recommendation (optional).
  • The essay is a short-answer question (2 to 3 paragraphs or 250-500 words), while your personal statement can be a longer-answer response, where you can share details about your experiences and interests. Please note that if you selected any of the prompts in the Personal Essay part of the CommonApp application, you may copy that essay and paste it into your UT required essay on the custom question. We’ll know you chose a different topic that listed in that section!
  • Submit your application early! We admit our most competitive applicants first. You can add and update your supporting materials such as test scores, mid-year grades, awards or other recognition that you plan on including in your application for admission file throughout the academic year.
  • If you plan to major in architecture, interior design, engineering, nursing, or music, visit our College Placement Exams page to read about additional admission review and specific requirements for each program.
  • Need help with your application? Contact your UT admissions counselor or our office M–F 9 a.m.–5 p.m. EST at 865-974-1111 or admissions@utk.edu.

GPA and Test Scores

  • UT calculates a weighted core GPA, accounting for Honors, AP, IB, and college dual enrollment courses. You can send us your updated transcripts up to your final eighth semester.
  • UT calculates your core GPA from courses completed in sixteen core academic subjects listed as requirements. However, your chances of admission will not be affected if you do not have one or more of those courses.
  • We consider the highest ACT and SAT sub scores to calculate a composite super score. You can retake the tests and send us your new scores through December 31 (if you wish to be considered for scholarships) or through March (for admission consideration).
  • UT’s test codes are 4026 for ACT, 1843 for SAT.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • UT’s competitive scholarships require one recommendation and an application essay. You can apply by December 15 AFTER you have been offered admission.
  • Scholarship applications require one recommendation from a teacher or school counselor. Additional recommendations are optional. If you submitted a recommendation with your application for admission, we will also use it towards your scholarship application.
  • The Volunteer Scholarship is offered to first-time freshmen with a minimum 3.8 UT Weighted Core GPA and a minimum 29 ACT or 1330 SAT; updates will be provided as soon as they are received) super score who apply for admission by December 15.
  • Be sure to complete your FAFSA application by UT’s January 15 priority deadline. Our code is 003530.
  • If you are a Tennessee resident, you may be eligible for the Tennessee Pledge or UT Promise Scholarship. You must apply for admission by December 15 and submit your FAFSA by January 15. If eligible and admitted as a freshman, you will automatically receive one of these awards.
  • If you are a Tennessee resident, you may be considered for the HOPE Scholarship. Submit your FAFSA early, but the deadline for fall semester awards is September 1 of your college entry year.
  • Information about your residency classification is available on the registrar’s website.

Admission and Scholarship Decisions

  • You should receive a response with a preliminary or final admission decision within a few weeks after your application is complete. The earlier you complete your application, the earlier we can start reviewing it.
  • Most competitive scholarships are awarded between January and March, and need-based scholarships and other forms of financial aid based on a student’s FAFSA are awarded in mid-March. Volunteer Scholarship awards are usually offered within two weeks of being admitted.

Once Admitted

  • Within three to five working days from being admitted, check the status page in your VIP account to acquire your NetID and Student ID number.
  • Next, set up your NetID and password.
  • Use your NetID and password to log into MyUTK.
  • Once you log into MyUTK, use your Student ID number to confirm your enrollment by paying the $250 deposit and secure your place in the incoming  class at UT (Summer/Fall semesters only). The confirmation deadline is May 1.
  • Check MyUTK often for an interactive list of required tasks to complete before your campus arrival, as well as important information about registering for housing, orientation, classes, and more.

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