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University of Tennessee, Knoxville - 2016

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Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

The successful engineering undergraduate candidate will have taken high school courses in fourteen areas:

4 units of English;
2 units of algebra;
1 unit of geometry;
1 unit of advanced math (e.g., precalculus, calculus, trigonometry, statistics)
3 units of natural science (biology I, chemistry or physics, and a third lab science);
1 unit of American history;
1 unit of European history, world history, or world geography;
2 units of a single foreign language;
1 unit of visual or performing arts.

Courses in the above list that were taken as Honors or Dual Enrollment are given an additional half-point quality point, and courses that were taken as Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate are given additional quality point in the calculation of the core GPA.

Note: The University of Tennessee offers very few non-credit courses for correction of math deficiencies. Since you may not take any engineering courses until these deficiencies are corrected, you should make every effort to remove any math deficiencies before arriving at the university. Foreign language deficiencies may be corrected by taking courses at The University of Tennessee, but those courses may not be used to satisfy university graduation requirements and must be taken during the first 2 years at the university.

The College of Engineering has established additional admissions criteria for incoming freshmen. In addition to meeting the admission requirements for the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, students must have a Success Prediction Indicator (SPI) of at least 60.0 and a math ACT of 25 or a math SAT of 620 to be considered for admission to the College of Engineering. The SPI is calculated by adding an individual’s ACT mathematics score to 10 times their high school core unit GPA (based on a 4.0 scale). EXAMPLE: A student with a high school core unit GPA of 3.5 and a mathematics ACT score of 28 would have an SPI of 63 = (28 + 10x3.5). SAT scores are converted to an equivalent ACT score to perform this calculation. Students who wish to pursue an engineering degree at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville but do not meet the SPI criterion may enroll as University Undecided students and complete appropriate mathematics, science, and other courses before applying for admission to the College of Engineering.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

In addition to the College of Engineering admission requirements, other requirements may exist and vary by departments.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate English proficiency unless you are a US citizen or a permanent resident. You can do this by:

a) Receiving a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 523 on the paper-based test, 193 on the computer-based test, or 70 on the internet-based (iBT). UT’s code is 1843

b) Completing the University of Tennessee English Language Institute’s (ELI) core intensive curriculum with a recommendation from the ELI faculty

c) Completing two semesters or three quarters of college-level English composition with a grade of “C” or better at an accredited college or university in the United States

d) Taking the ACT (English score of 21 is required) or SAT (critical reading score of 510 is required). Scores must be received from the Educational Testing Service. Copies are not acceptable.

e) Receiving an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.5

f) Completing the ELS 112 intensive program

All F-1 and J-1 visa status students must submit financial documentation. Financial documentation must include a completed Financial Support Statement and an official bank statement reflecting a balance of at least $45,396.00 USD that is dated within the last six months. If your government is sponsoring you, you must submit an official letter from the government stating that they will cover all expenses during your academic studies at The University of Tennessee. All international students must declare a specific major.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Same as regular entrance.

Residency Requirements

Sixty hours of credit toward the bachelor's degree must be completed at an accredited senior college. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at the University of Tennessee.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

A complete and separate official transcript of all work from each college or university attended should be sent by each institution directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Transfer students who graduated from high school prior to 1989 or with 60 or more semester hours of transferable credit are exempt from high school course unit requirements but are still required to submit a transcript. Other transfer applicants with more than one deficiency in high school course unit requirements are not typically admitted to the University.

If a student has 30 or more transferable hours, the admission decision is based on college GPA in only the course work which will transfer to UT. GPA's must be at least 2.0 as figured by UT for admission.

Engineering students must have a minimum 2.80 cumulative average and a C or better in each of these specified courses or their equivalent: English 101, Chemistry 120, Mathematics 141 (and subsequent courses in the three sequences, if taken). Specific additional requirements vary by department. Students must also have met the 14 core academic requirements from high school.

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 66
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 72