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University of Tennessee, Knoxville - 2016

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General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


UT has a competitive admissions process. Our holistic admissions review process takes many different factors into account.

Freshman admissions decisions are based on:

1. Completion of core academic subjects comprising the 14 units required for college admission:

4 units of English
2 units of algebra
1 unit of geometry
1 unit of trigonometry, calculus, statistics, or other advanced math
1 unit of biology
1 unit of chemistry or physics
1 unit of additional 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

2. GPA in these core academic subjects, weighted by UT to reflect honors and dual-enrollment courses (0.5 quality points added), and Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses (1.0 quality points added). UT will use unweighted high school course grades as the basis for the core GPA calculation.

3. Standardized test scores, either ACT or SAT (UT does not require the essay). UT uses "super scoring" and combines test scores from different administrations for a new composite score.

4. Other relevant factors include:

Rigor of your high school curriculum
Difficulty of senior-level course work
Extracurricular or leadership activities
Special talents or skills
Your personal statement
Letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors

Deadlines: Fall semester admission deadline is November 1 for Early Action priority, December 15 for all applicants. Fall semester scholarship application deadline is December 15 (November 1 for Competitive Scholarships). Admission deadline for Spring term is November 1 and for Summer term is December 15. Application fee is $40.00.


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