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High School Counselors

High school counselors play an important role in guiding students toward the best college path for them. Our university realizes and appreciates the support you provide to your students during this crucial time of their lives. We are here to provide you with information that will best allow you to guide them as they navigate the sometimes complicated college search process.


+ undergraduates


SAT mid-50% range


ACT mid-50% range

*test scores prior to March 2016

VIP Portal for Counselors

VIP stands for Vol-in-Progress, and it’s a way to stay in touch with us for both you and future Vols. Create your VIP account in order to receive the latest information from UT, check on your students’ status, and more. If you have any questions about accessing your VIP counselor page, contact Clayton Alexander at

As VIPs, students will have access to important information from UT, such as: invitations to special events, campus tour registration, and other up-to-date information about UT. The VIP portal is also where students are invited to apply to UT, in addition to the CommonApp option, beginning their senior year.

Conference for Counselors

Each year, we invite high school counselors to join us and learn the latest about the undergraduate admissions process, enrollment data, core requirements, and new programs for prospective students. Conference for Counselors is an eight-stop series of half-day conferences across Tennessee that provide you with the information you need to effectively advise your college-bound students applying to one of the UT system schools.

Find out more information about this important event at

Application Process & Requirements

Students can apply through their VIP account or at beginning August 1.

UT has a competitive admissions process. Our holistic admissions review process takes many different factors into account.

After they apply, students can check their application status online through their VIP account. It will also list any documents such as an official transcript or test scores that UT hasn’t received yet. Keep in mind that transcripts and other documents might take a while to show in the system.

Applicants for fall who meet the December 15 application deadline will receive an initial admission decision by the end of March.

Application Information:

Helpful Information

When students apply, they may enclose an optional personal statement to address special circumstances not provided by a high school transcript. Students may also include a resume or list of activities.

Based on the student’s high school’s weighting system, UT may calculate additional points when we determine the students’ core grade point average. One additional point is added to grades for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and college dual enrollment courses, and 0.5 points are added to grades earned in honors courses.

We must be able to clearly identify honors, AP, IB, and dual enrollment courses on high school transcripts so we can properly evaluate these courses. Our staff scans for course designations as reported to us on the secondary school report (e.g., H, AP, etc.).

Although our initial freshman admission decisions are based on six semesters of high school work, students may submit a seventh-semester transcript if it strengthens their academic record. In order for us to consider these grades, we must receive updated high school transcript by March 1.

The One Stop website has information regarding the costs of attending UT.

Estimated undergraduate budget

Tuition and fees

The priority deadline for fall freshmen scholarship applications is November 1, and the regular deadline is December 15. The deadline for fall transfer scholarship applications is April 1.


Financial Aid

Submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

For Tennessee residents who graduate from a Tennessee High School, UT offers several institutional scholarships. Students must apply for admission by December 15 to be considered for these scholarships, and in many cases, they must meet minimum GPA and ACT requirements.

Transcripts must be official, must have the issuing school’s seal or signature, and must be mailed directly from the school. UT does not accept transcripts issued to the student, or mailed, faxed, or hand delivered by the student. Transcripts should be mailed to:

The University of Tennessee
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
320 Student Services Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-0230

Transcripts of college course work completed outside the United States must be submitted for evaluation by one of the companies listed below. Admission decisions and assignment of transfer credit will be based upon that evaluation.

Companies offering these evaluation services include:

Majors & Degrees

Students applying to UT can choose from more than 170 undergraduate degree programs.

Campus Tours & Events

The best way to get to know UT and see if it is a good fit for the student is to visit early. Campus tours are a great way to get a glimpse into the UT academics and student life. Students can see tour availability and schedule to visit our campus either online or through their VIP account.

In addition, we have a multitude of events both on campus and throughout the country where students interested in UT can meet with representatives from our school and other potential future Vols. Students can see a list of upcoming events. For our open events (Rocky Top Tailgate and Big Orange Preview) students can register through the website or their VIP account. For all other invitation-based events, students will be invited and can register to attend in their VIP account.

Important Dates & Deadlines—Freshmen

August 1: Application opens at (and

November 1: Priority admission deadline; students need to apply by this date in order to be eligible to apply for competitive scholarships and honors programs, including the Chancellor’s Honors Program.

October 1: FAFSA opens

December 15: Regular admission deadline; students need to apply by this date in order to be considered for institutional scholarships, including the Volunteer Scholarship.

February 15: FAFSA deadline; UT’s code is 003530.

May 1: Confirmation deadline

Transfer Students Deadlines

International Students Deadlines

Volunteer Bridge Program

A select group of quality students who have not been admitted into the freshman class at UT will be offered invitations to the Volunteer Bridge Program.

The Volunteer Bridge Program provides a pathway for admission to UT through a unique partnership with Pellissippi State Community College. Students are selected and invited to participate after a comprehensive review of UT freshman applicants. Bridge students have the opportunity to begin their college experience during the second session of summer at UT. Following the conclusion of summer school, Bridge students begin two semesters of PSCC coursework. Students who fulfill the program’s requirements will be guaranteed admission to UT beginning their sophomore year. Bridge students live on UT’s campus and enjoy most student services and activities available to UT students.

Useful Campus Contact Information:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions—Main
320 Student Services Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-0230

Office of Undergraduate Admissions—Regional (West Tennessee)
800 Madison Avenue, Ste 309
Memphis, TN 38163-0001

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We want our students to have the best college experience possible and we are here to help guide them through the application process at UT and find their home away from home.


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