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Academic Support

We know the leap from high school to college can be daunting, especially when it comes to academics. UT provides resources to help you ace your classes and graduate on time.





Academic Advising

All UT students are required to be academically advised before registering for classes. Advisors guide students in selecting courses and even choosing a major. Incoming freshmen and transfer students meet their advisors and register for classes during orientation. Students who do not attend orientation must contact the advising center of the college that admits them to arrange an advising appointment. Visit the Academic Advising website to learn more.

Degree Progress Tracking

Banner DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) is currently only available for undergraduates. It’s an automated online system that compares your completed coursework with the requirements for your degree along with your current GPA and the GPA needed for your major. It also lists the classes you need to take and how to complete your requirements.

Major Tracking

uTrack lays out a road map for your undergraduate major so you can see which academic courses you must successfully complete and when you must complete them in order to graduate in four years. The system will alert you if you get off track with your coursework or grades so you can plan how to catch up or, if necessary, change to a major you can achieve more easily.

One-on-One Tutoring

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center offers tutoring, academic coaching, and workshops to help you tackle everything term by term.

Writing Center

The Writing Center, managed by the Department of English, offers free individual help to all students as they work on written assignments. Writing instructors help students become comfortable with writing, providing feedback on written work in all disciplines. Everything from brainstorming ideas to polishing final drafts is covered, with an emphasis on improving writing skills.

Language Resource Center

The LRC is operated by the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures and provides students with extra help for studying foreign languages.

Thornton Athletics Student Life Center

The Thornton Center offers student–athletes academic counseling services, a career development program, a student-development program, a comprehensive tutoring program, a writing lab, a math lab, a computer lab, and accommodations for students with special needs.

Multicultural Student Life

Housed in the Frieson Black Cultural Center (FBCC), the Office of Multicultural Student Life offers a tutoring program for individuals or small groups in a variety of undergraduate courses. Also, in the FBCC is a book-loan program that allows students to borrow two books per semester for free.

Library, Services, and Technology

The University Libraries system is a network of libraries on campus that provides state-of-the-art facilities and services, including print and electronic collections, reference and instructional services, and top-notch facilities and technological resources.

On the second floor of Hodges Library is The Commons a collaboration between the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and University Libraries providing services, technology, and study spaces for students.

The OIT Help Desk provides information and support for computer and network services managed by OIT (for instance device support, email, password resets). You can also check out a laptop, learn how to use a media lab called The Studio, check out cameras, use media workstations, watch a video for class, get help using one of the library’s many databases, and ask reference questions.

Student Disability Services

Student Disability Services assists students with documented disabilities by working with them to arrange accommodations and services that enhance access to our facilities and programs. Please remember that it’s your responsibility to register with SDS to request services. Call 865-974-6087 (v/tty) or email sds@utk.edu.