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2020 Updates

We know this is a confusing, overwhelming time for many—especially for Volunteers transitioning from high school to college, or from college to the next chapter in their journey. Buildings on campus are closed—but the University of Tennessee is still open! Although on-campus operations have halted, UT faculty and staff are still hard at work serving our students and offering support where it’s needed. We hope the information below finds you in good health, answers any questions you may have, and will be helpful to you.

Campus Visits & Virtual Experiences

While our campus operates virtually, in-person campus tours and events are suspended until further notice. However, you can still experience UT online! Visit our virtual experiences page to register for a Q&A session, schedule an appointment with an academic college, take an e-tour of campus, hear why current students chose UT, and get the inside scoop on our admissions process.

Admissions Deposit Deadline

The deadline for students to confirm their enrollment at UT for the Fall 2020 semester and pay the $250 deposit has been extended to June 1, 2020.

After you have confirmed your enrollment, you will receive important information about orientation and housing at your UT email address.

New V.O.L. Experience (New Student Orientation)

The New V.O.L. Experience, our new orientation platform, will feature three phases this summer:

  1. Virtual Advising: Students will virtually meet with their academic advisor and learn how to register for their first semester of classes.
  2. Online Orientation: Next, students will participate in online modules designed to teach them everything they need to know about life at UT, our rich history and traditions, and more.
  3. Live the Experience at Welcome Week 2020: This is the grand finale of your orientation experience! Welcome to Rocky Top—during move-in week, you’ll meet your Orientation Leaders who will take you on a tour of campus, show you how to use your VolCard to access your dorm and purchase food, and provide resources designed to help New Vols make a successful transition from high school to college.

University Housing

At this time, university housing selection for the fall semester has not changed. Please continue to check back for any updates. If this changes, you will be notified via email and updates will be posted here.

Living on campus is required for first year freshman students who are not commuting from their homes within a 50-mile radius of campus. We have a variety of residence hall options, including new facilities and a talented group of hall directors and resident assistants who are always there for you.

Admitted students receive an email (via UT email address) notifying them that the housing contract is ready to be completed soon after confirming enrollment. Room assignments and roommate matching will take place in late spring.

Pathway Programs

  • Volunteer Bridge
    • The Volunteer Bridge program plans to welcome students in the Fall term. During the summer, students will participate in advising and pre-orientation activities virtually. The University of Tennessee has extended the confirmation deadline to June 1 to allow you to have more time to think about your college plans. Please check with Pellissippi State Community College for other important dates and deadlines, and continue to check the Volunteer Bridge website.
  • InVOLve
    • InVOLve students will begin their UT experience online during Summer 2020. Advisors and mentors are awaiting the opportunity to assist inVOLve students in class selection and academic support. Successful completion of the inVOLve program will allow for continuation as a fall enrolled student.
  • UT LEAD Summer Institute (UTLSI)
    • To better support UTLSI students, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Success Center have decided to move UTLSI to the Fall 2020 semester. UTLSI will be a semester-long support institute for 40 selected incoming, first-year students. LEAD is an important part of the University of Tennessee’s commitment to helping all UT students become successful in their academic work and in their college careers. Email or for additional questions.
  • Verto VOLs
    • Currently, the Verto program will be running all fall programs as scheduled. Verto remains confident in their ability to provide students with a safe and responsible learning environment. Verto will be prepared to operate their programs safely and responsibly as soon as travel resumes.  If you were admitted to Road to Rocky Top and have selected Verto VOLS, and would like to switch to Volunteer Bridge, please let us know before May 15th.  Verto has extended their refund deposit deadline to June 1.

Final High School Grades

Admitted students:

  • Admitted students with Pass/Fail final course grades will still be admitted to the University of Tennessee.
  • Students who have submitted first semester grades from Fall 2019 will see those half-year grades incorporated into the calculation of their weighted core GPAs.
  • Should an admitted student perform poorly in their last semester, we may reconsider their admission status (this is a very rare circumstance).

Future Vols (current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors) with A-F grades in the fall followed by Pass/Fail grades in the spring will not be adversely affected in our consideration of future applications.

Financial Aid

We know that many families may be experiencing unusual and uncertain situations. Should your family have recently experienced an unexpected financial change, the following are a few general guidelines which can be used to determine if a Special Circumstance Appeal is warranted.

Situations that may merit appeal include, but are not limited to:

  • Loss or change of employment
  • Loss or change in amount of child support, Social Security, or other benefits
  • Divorce or separation of parents
  • Death of parent(s)
  • Unusual medical expenses (not covered by insurance)
  • One-time taxable income used for life changing events (e.g. IRA, pension distribution, back-year Social Security payments)
  • Parent retired
  • Marriage of the student

Situations that do not qualify for an appeal include, but are not limited to:

  • Standard living expenses (e.g. utilities, credit card payments, children’s allowances, etc.)
  • Mortgage payments
  • Car payments
  • Credit card or other personal debts
  • Vacation expenses
  • All other discretionary expenses

How to Submit Your Appeal

We are here to help and we want to talk to you!

The first step is to contact One Stop Student Services by phone or email to explain your situation. A financial aid counselor will discuss the specifics of your situation to determine if you should submit an appeal. If they determine that you are eligible to appeal, you will receive a form to fill out and return as soon as possible. Contact our helpful One Stop staff at or 865-974-1111.

Summer & Fall Classes

All summer classes have moved to an online learning environment. Admitted students can register for summer after academic advising in their college.

At this time, we look forward to welcoming students back to campus for fall classes starting on Wednesday, August 19. Please continue to check back for updates as this may change. We will notify confirmed students via email and update this page with new information and details should things change.

Updates regarding all International Programs and additional useful information are offered by the UT Center for Global Engagement.

International Students

If you are an admitted international students applying for a student visa, please stay in touch with our admissions team ( about your progress obtaining your visa after receiving your I-20 from the UT Center for Global Engagement. If necessary, we can update your entry term to Spring 2021. If you have any questions, please email

If you have questions about receiving your I-20, please contact the Center for Global Engagement at for information and assistance.

Applications for 2021 | Future Applicants

  • Applications for Summer and Fall 2021 are available on August 1, 2020.
  • Students can apply at or via the Common Application.
  • Our priority application deadline is November 1, 2020 and our regular application deadline is December 15, 2020. These dates may change, depending on the availability of graded classroom instruction and ACT, SAT, and English exams this fall.
  • Future Vols (current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors) with A-F grades in the fall followed by Pass/Fail grades in the spring will not be adversely affected in our consideration of future applications.

Admissions Tests

We are committed to reviewing applications holistically and fairly in light of the current pandemic. We recognize canceled test dates raise concern among students who have been diligently preparing for them, and the College Board and ACT appear committed to providing future testing opportunities as soon as possible. This includes free statewide tests where applicable. Currently, there is still time for students to test before next year’s application deadlines. We will monitor the situation closely and provide additional guidance regarding standardized testing if necessary.

Advanced Credit

We understand Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) tests, certain national exams, and other external examinations will also be modified or canceled due to the pandemic. We do not require applicants to submit these exam results unless they comprise graduation requirements for secondary school. As of now, test modifications will not impact our current credit policies for incoming students who have AP and IB scores seeking college credit; we will need the official score report from the testing agency to award college credit.