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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 2: Early action deadline for admission, honors and scholars programs, and competitive scholarships. Apply for admission by this date. Once you complete your application, 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. This is also the deadline to complete applications to be fully considered for competitive scholarships if you submitted an admission application by November 2.

Submitting Your Application

  • Submit your application beginning in August through your VIP account or the Common App.
  • For admission, we require: your application, Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) and one short-answer essay. Optional items: ACT/SAT Test scores, recommendations, personal statement.
  • Most students can select to include or not include their ACT or SAT test scores as part of their application. Read more about UT’s test policy. 
  • 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 supporting statement can be a longer response for sharing details about your experiences and interests.
  • Submit your application early! You can add and update your supporting materials such as optional test scores, mid-year grades, awards or other recognition that you plan on including in your application for admission file throughout the academic year.
  • Once you submit your application, you will have two weeks to complete your Self-Reported Academic Record to be considered for your appropriate decision release date.
  • 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, based on your Self-Reported Academic Record.
  • 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.
  • If you choose to include test scores as part of your application, we consider the highest ACT and SAT sub scores to calculate a composite superscore. You can retake the tests and send us your new scores through July 1, 2021.
  • 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. Once you’ve completed your application for admission and applied by November 2, you will receive a link to the competitive scholarship application, which is due by December 15.
  • Scholarship applications require one recommendation from a teacher or school counselor. Additional recommendations are optional.
  • Be sure to complete your FAFSA application by UT’s February 1 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 February 1. 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

  • Students who apply by the early action deadline (November 2) and complete their application will be notified of an admission decision in mid-December.
  • Students who apply by the regular admission deadline (December 15) and complete their application will be notified of an admission decision in mid-February.
  • 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 your VIP Portal 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 a list of required tasks to complete before arriving on campus, as well as important information about registering for housing, orientation, classes, and more.