We’re excited you want to join the Volunteer family! We are here to help every step of the way and can’t wait to review your application for admission.
Decision Release Dates: Early Action is mid-December. Regular Admission is late February.
Application Requirements for Specific Programs
Some of our programs require more than an application to UT. Learn more below about program specific requirements.
College of Architecture and Design
A portfolio of your artwork is not required but is recommended. Admission decisions are made holistically by faculty of the School of Architecture or School of Interior Architecture.
College of Music
Depending on the concentration you choose, you may be required to audition and/or interview. Additional information is available from the College of Music.
College of Nursing
Students applying for admission in the College of Nursing are required to include standardized test scores as part of their application.
The College of Nursing takes into consideration a wide range of factors when making admission decisions. Beginning with the fall 2024 freshmen direct admit pathway, we require students to complete the Holistic Admissions Questionnaire to be considered for admission into our Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Admissions criteria is based on several performance criteria, including completion of core academic subjects, GPA scores on these subjects, and standardized test (SAT or ACT) scores.
Pre-Pharmacy Direct Admit Program
The required minimum weighted core GPA is a 3.5 and an ACT of 25 (or SAT ERW+M of 1220). Applicants are offered admission to the Pre-Pharmacy Direct Admit Program based on holistic evaluation by the faculty and staff of the UT College of Pharmacy. Other pre-pharmacy applicants are admitted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions based on standard UT admission requirements.
Tickle College of Engineering
Admissions criteria is based on several performance criteria, including completion of core academic subjects, GPA scores on these subjects, and standardized test (SAT or ACT) scores. Students who may not meet the test-score criteria will be holistically reviewed for admission into TCE.
We will calculate a Success Prediction Indicator (SPI). For consideration in the Tickle College of Engineering, your minimum SPI predictor should be at least 60 and a math ACT of 25 or a math SAT of 590. The admitted class may also be limited by space available in the college. The SPI is calculated by adding an individual’s ACT mathematics score to 10 times their core high school GPA (based on a 4.0 scale). For information about what core high school courses are selected to calculate your core GPA, please refer to this list.
SPI EXAMPLE: A student with a high school core GPA of 3.5 and an ACT mathematics score of 28 would have an SPI of 63 using the formula (3.5 X 10) + 28 = 63. SAT scores are converted to an equivalent ACT score to perform this calculation.
Students who wish to pursue an engineering degree at UT but do not meet the college admission criterion may enroll as University Exploratory students and complete appropriate mathematics, science, and other courses before applying again for admission to the college.
Students who may not meet the test-score criteria will be holistically reviewed for admission into TCE.
Transferring to TCE
Students initially denied admission to the TCE may follow the TCE Internal Transfer Admissions policy and process as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog:
Transfer students, including internal UT transfers, must meet the minimum requirements stated below to be considered for admission to a major within the college. These minimum standards for consideration do not guarantee being admitted to the major. The final admission decision for the major resides with the department head or designee.
- Must have earned a minimum 2.8 cumulative average and a C or better in each of these specific courses, or their equivalent: ENGL 101*, CHEM 120* (for Computer Science students: COSC 102 and COSC 130 or equivalents), and MATH 132* or MATH 141* (and subsequent courses in the three sequences, if taken).
- If the student has completed any physics course, he/she must have earned a grade of C or better.
- The overall record will be evaluated for quality and seriousness of purpose. An excessive number of withdrawals, incompletes, repeated courses, or failures may result in denial.
Any UT student desiring association with one of the departments in the Tickle College of Engineering should go to the Engineering Advising Office. An advising session is held with the major items of consideration being the same as for external transfer students.
If external transfer students are denied admission to the Tickle College of Engineering, the student must contact Undergraduate Admissions to declare a new major for admission to UT.
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First-Year Admissions FAQs
We understand applying for admission can be confusing—but it doesn’t have to be! We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions to help you along the way.
Can I apply to UT through the Common App?
Yes! Once you’ve created your account, you will search for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the College Search tab within CommonApp.
What is holistic review?
UT has a competitive but holistic admissions process where we evaluate every part of your application, considering your experience and preparation in academic areas as well as other factors including:
- Rigor of your high school curriculum
- Difficulty of senior-level coursework
- Standardized test scores
- Extracurricular or leadership activities
- Special talents or skills
- Optional supporting statement
- Optional letter(s) of recommendation
How do I complete my application?
Students are required to submit supplemental materials in addition to their application, including a completed Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) and standardized test scores. UT provides a list of missing items in applicants’ Go Vols Portal. To have a completed application and be eligible for review, UT needs items listed in the missing items checklist.
Ready to Apply?
We can’t wait to review your application for admission! Create a Go Vols account to start your application, or choose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on your Common Application!
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