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The University of Tennessee LEAD Summer Institute (UTLSI)

What is LEAD?

  • 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.
  • Each year, LEAD offers programs for all first year students to help them become familiar with campus and with the many free academic resources available to them.
  • LEAD is headquartered in the Student Success Center, a central focus on campus for academic assistance.

What is the UT LEAD Summer Institute?

  • UTLSI is a five-week summer academic program on the Knoxville campus.
  • The 11th annual UTLSI program will be held July 6 – August 10, 2018 for 40 selected incoming first-year students.

Why was I selected to participate in UTLSI?

  • UT is committed to providing programs to enhance the success of its students. Select students from UT’s designated “Promise Schools” have been invited to participate in the UTLSI because we believe they will benefit from the program’s advantages and enjoy the experience of living and learning on campus.

What are the benefits of the UTLSI?

  • Earn 7 hours of college credit by taking three courses, English 101 (English Composition I), English 103 (The Writing Center), and Math 119 (College Algebra). Each course will allow you to earn college credits at UT and introduce you to college coursework during the more relaxed summer campus atmosphere. UTLSI will cover all of your course costs, including books.
  • Learn about the UT campus through information programs and living in a residence hall.
  • Meet new people, make friends, and build connections with fellow students, faculty, and staff.
  • Receive a grant of $250 bi-weekly (a total of $750 for the 5-week program).
  • Additional stipends maybe available to students during their first four semesters at UT

What are my responsibilities during the UTLSI?

  • Attend and be an active participant in your classes.
  • Participate in special events.
  • During the UTLSI program, you will be subject to the rules and regulations required of all UT students that are explained in the UT Undergraduate Catalog and in the Hilltopics Student Handbook.

Where will I live during UTLSI?

  • UTLSI participants will live in a residence hall located near the center of campus close to the UT main library, Student Union, and recreation center (TRecs)
  • All rooms are air conditioned and have two single beds and a micro-fridge.
  • The residence hall also has a recreational area, a study room, and a laundry facility.
  • The Student Union and Presidential Court Dining Hall are located near the residence hall. Both have a variety of food options, a computer lab, and a convenience store in the lobby.
  • You will share a room with another UTLSI student.

How much will it cost me to attend UTLSI?

  • The costs of your tuition and fees, housing, meal plan, and books for the five-week term are paid for by the UTLSI program.
  • Transportation by bus at the beginning and end of the program will be provided for students from Memphis and Nashville.
  • Be sure to complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA as soon as possible, if not already submitted. You and your parents/guardians may obtain your required Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) and find the FAFSA forms online at If admitted to the UTLSI program, then students will be asked to submit a prior year (2017-2018) FAFSA for summer enrollment; further details and instructions will follow if applicable.

Can I enroll at UT in fall 2018 if I do not participate in the UTLSI?
No. Your admission to UT for the fall semester of 2017 requires that you participate in the UTLSI program.

What do I need to do to participate in UTLSI?

  • Attend a MANDATORY information meeting (parents are invited) and interview (student only) which will be held in your city.
    • Knoxville, TN – Tuesday, January 23; 5:30–8pm
      UT Visitor’s Center, 2712 Neyland Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996
    • Chattanooga, TN – Wednesday, January 24; 5:30–8pm
      Tyner High School, 6836 Tyner Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421
    • Memphis, TN – Saturday, January 27; 10am–3pm
      University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 800 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
    • Nashville, TN – Sunday, January 28; 1–5:30pm
      University of Tennessee College of Social Work Building, 193 Polk Avenue, Nashville, TN 37210
  • Return the appropriate RSVP form below by Friday January 17, 2018 (No money is due at this time).
  • UTLSI participation is limited to the first 40 students to return the required information.

How can my parents/guardians and I get more information about the UTLSI?

  • Return the appropriate RSVP form below by Friday January 17, 2017. You may retain the invitation letter and this information sheet for your own records.
  • Attend the MANDATORY meeting and interview in January for you and your parents/guardians to meet with us and ask questions about UTLSI.

I have been admitted. What’s next?

Step one: Pay your $75 enrollment deposit.

  • Students will be notified of their status in early February after the completion of the interviews.
  • If admitted, then return the confirmation form you will receive in the mail and a $75 money order to confirm your enrollment at UT Knoxville.
  • The confirmation and deposit payment deadline is April 1.

Step two: Set up your NetID password.

  • Log into to get your NetID.
  • Visit to set up your password.
  • With your NetID and password, you can log in to MyUTK, which you will use for Registration, Academic Links, Vol Card Balances, Semester Course Schedule, Week-at-a-Glance Schedule.
  • Use your NetID and password to activate your UT email address, which is the official means of communication between the university and students.

Step three: Complete your FAFSA.

  • All UTLSI students must complete both the 2018-2019 FAFSA for the fall/spring semester and the 2017-2018 FAFSA for the summer semester.
  • Deadline for 2018-2019 FAFSA is February 15; deadline for 2017-2018 FAFSA is April 1.
  • Visit to fill out the FAFSA for both years.

Step four: Housing and Orientation


  • UTLSI students must complete and return the housing contract for summer 2018. You will receive the summer contract in the mail.
  • Your fall housing contract will be sent to your UT email account, shortly after you confirm your enrollment. Important information for students who wish to appeal to commute with be included in the email as well.
  • Confirm your fall contract and complete the preferences information to receive an assignment. You may confirm your housing/dining contract at any time, but the earlier the better.
  • For all questions about fall housing, please contact University Housing at 865-974-2571, email, or visit


  • Visit the New Vols website to register.
  • UTSLI students must select fall entry and register for an orientation session between June 2-29.

More Questions?

Please contact Christie Banks, UTLSI Program Director by phone at (865) 974-1159 or email at

RSVP Forms