Fall 2023 Regular Admission Release

There has never been a better time to become a Tennessee Volunteer. More students than ever before in our history have applied to join the Volunteer family and light the way for future Volunteers.

Applications Received by December 15, 2022

UT is experiencing record growth in undergraduate first-year applications and the most competitive applicant pool in our 228-year history. For Fall 2023 entry, UT received 47,838 applications by the December 15 Regular Admissions Application deadline, a 40.2% increase and 13,726 more applications compared to 2021.

Of applications received by UT’s December 15 Deadline:

  • In-state applications increased by 13.9% over last year.
  • 24.3% percent were from in-state students (13,727).
  • Out-of-state applications increased by 51.3% over last year.
  • 75.7% from out-of-state and international students (36,210).

As of February 14, 2023, UT received 49,790 first-year applications, which is a 40.5 percent increase compared to the same time last year. Applications received after UT’s regular admission deadline will be considered as space in the first-year class becomes available.

Fall 2023 Class

As Tennessee’s land grant and flagship university, UT is committed to serving the state by providing an accessible and affordable education to qualified Tennessee residents. The university stands by that commitment and is proud to offer most in-state applicants a pathway to enroll at UT.

Growth in applications and increased retention and persistence rates among continuing students mean that overall undergraduate enrollment is projected to grow in Fall 2023. To deliver the best Volunteer experience for all students across all four years and in course offerings, residential experience, and student life, UT will reduce the size of its first-year class and enroll fewer first-year students than last fall. Because UT will be enrolling a smaller first-year class, fewer students will be admitted in the first and second admissions release, with more students invited to join a waitlist following the second release.

December 15, 2022 Application Statistics

  • 47,838 applications received by December 15, 2022 (+40.2% increase compared to 2021)
  • Applications from 94 Tennessee counties, 449 Tennessee high schools, 50 states, 7,322 US high schools, 101 countries
  • 11,628 In-state apps (+13.9% increase since 2021)
  • 36,210 Out-of-state apps (+51.5% increase since 2021)
  • 22–28 Mid 50% Self-Reported Composite ACT (1110-1310 SAT Equivalent)
  • 3.61–4.31 Mid 50% UT Core Weighted GPA
  • Top 5 majors requested on the application: Nursing, Marketing, Finance, Psychology, Biological Sciences

Second Decision Release

February 21, 2023 at 7pm EST | UT will release the second round of admission decisions for those who applied by December 15 and completed their application by required deadlines, and for those whose decisions were deferred during the first admissions release. Applicants will receive one of three decisions:

  • Admit: Students offered First-Year Admission for Fall 2023
  • Invite to Join the Waitlist: Students can opt-in to join the waitlist and pursue two pathway programs (Verto Vol & Rocky Top Transfer) that lead to UT enrollment. Students who opt-in to join the waitlist will be contacted if capacity becomes available.
  • Deny: Students are denied First-Year Admission for Fall 2023. Select students from this group will be invited to participate in the Vol Access Collaborative, a new partnership with our partner institutions across the University of Tennessee system.

Learn more about each decision here.

Admitted Student Information

Fall 2023 In-state Admit Rate: 59.4%
Fall 2023 Out-of-state Admit Rate: 33.3%

  • UT Core Weighted GPA: 4.04-4.46
  • ACT Composite: 26-31
  • SAT Composite: 1240-1400

Our holistic admissions review process, takes into consideration a number of factors, including but not limited to:

  • Rigor of your high school curriculum
  • Academic progression
  • Standardized test scores
  • Extracurricular or leadership activities
  • Academic program of interest
  • Campus and academic program capacity


Please contact our helpful team in Undergraduate Admissions and One Stop at admissions@utk.edu or 865-974-1111.