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High School Juniors

Be a Vol. Prepare today.

It’s never too early to start your college search, and we are here to answer all of your questions about the admissions process for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. We want you to be prepared to join us on Rocky Top and be a part of the Volunteer family!

If you don’t have a VIP (Vol in Progress) account yet, we encourage you to create one. You will be able to receive information from UT, register for campus tours, hear about and register to attend events, and ultimately apply for admission during your senior year.

Why should you be a Vol?

  • #1: Our Front Yard, The Tennessee River
  • #2: Our Back Yard, The Smokies
  • #3: Volunteer Spirit & Traditions
  • #4: Outstanding Academics & Faculty
  • #5: Scholarships
  • #6: Research Opportunities
  • #7: Experience Learning
  • #8: Leadership Opportunities
  • #9: Vibrant Campus Life
  • #10: Career Connection & Alumni Network

Your Junior Year

Your Junior year is crucial for the college planning process because you are taking standardized tests, making a list of potential schools, and planning for your important senior year courses. Here is a quick checklist to help you along.


  • Meet with your school counselor
    • Talk to your counselor about what classes you need to take to put you on track for admission into UT and admission into your desired major. Check on your GPA–it’s not too late to improve.
  • Meet your UT admissions counselor
    • Our UT team is happy to guide you through the application process, as early as possible, so be sure to connect with your UT admissions counselor. Be sure to check your counselor’s page often to see what local high school visits and fairs are on his/her schedule.
  • Take the PSAT
    • Taking the test will qualify you for scholarship programs such as the National Merit Scholarship program. Analyze the test results with your counselor to assess your strengths and weaknesses. This will help you prepare for future testing.
  • Make a testing plan and start to prepare
    • Mark your calendar with important dates for tests like the SAT, ACT, and AP exams. UT requires either your ACT or SAT scores (UT does not require the essay). We use the super scoring method of combining test scores into a new composite score. Our codes are 4026 for ACT and 1843 for SAT. Start to prepare for these tests and use free test-preparation resources online and through your school guidance counselor. We suggest you take either the SAT or ACT at least once in the spring of your junior year and once in the fall of your senior year.
  • Stay involved
    • Continue your involvement in clubs, sports, leadership positions, community activities, and more. We love to see that you participate in extracurricular activities!
  • Create a resume
    • Keep track of your accomplishments, extracurricular activities, and work experience. This will come in handy when you start your application.


  • Meet with your school counselor
    • Plan your senior schedule so that you are on track for graduation and discuss summer programs and opportunities.
  • Register for the spring ACT or SAT test date


  • Plan a campus visit
    • Attend an open house, campus tour, or information session. Check out our Programs and Events page for a schedule of upcoming events.
  • Learn about financial aid options
    • Financial aid includes scholarships, grants, and loans. UT awards more than $50 million annually in merit and need-based scholarships and even more scholarship dollars are available from external sources. Make sure you do your research! Start by visiting our Scholarships and Financial Aid page for an overview of financial resources available at UT.


  • Work on your application essays
  • Start looking at the Application Checklist and the materials you will need to complete your application to the University of Tennessee.