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KNOXVILLE — University of Tennessee admissions officials plan to travel to about 40 state high schools this spring to tell students, parents and teachers about new UT admissions standards.

UT Admissions Director Marshall Rose said the visits, scheduled for March through May, are part of an extensive public information campaign to provide details of the new policy effective Fall 2001.

“Our new admissions process will evaluate the whole student, including the rigors of their curriculum, extracurricular activities, experiences, and student statement,” Rose said. “The purpose of this statewide effort is to give parents as much disclosure and information as possible about what requirements their child must meet to be admitted to the University of Tennessee.”

UT’s Board of Trustees approved the new competitive admissions policy in June, which will weigh entrance test scores, high school grade point average, class rank, and writing samples as admissions factors. Incoming freshman will be selected from a pool of applicants rather than automatically admitting those who have minimum qualifications.

Rose said the highs school visits would help clearly define how honors, Advanced Placement courses, and other special considerations will affect student admissions.

Under the new policy, a Nov. 1 early acceptance application deadline allows scholarship offers for students to be made earlier than the current Feb. 1 date. The regular admissions deadline has been moved to Jan. 15 from June 1.

May 1 is the deadline for students to confirm their admission. After May 1, those on a waiting list will be admitted on a space-available basis.

Transfer students entering in fall 2001 will be required to have completed all required high school units and 30 hours of transferable college-level work with a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Currently, a transfer student is required to have only 12 hours of credits and a 2.0 GPA.

UT admissions officials have scheduled visits to the following schools:
Anderson Co. — 6 p.m., Apr. 4, Oak Ridge High School.
Blount Co. — 6:30 p.m., March 16, Maryville High School.
Bradley Co. — 6 p.m., March 28, Cleveland High School.
Hamilton Co. — 6 p.m., March 16, Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences; 6 p.m., Apr. 11, Tyner Academy; 6 p.m., March 30, Girls Preparatory School.
Hawkins Co. — 7 p.m., Apr. 4, Cherokee High School.
Jefferson Co. — 6 p.m., Apr. 19, Jefferson County High School.
Knox Co. — 7:30 p.m., Apr. 11, Farragut High School; 6:30 p.m., March 30, Fulton High School; 6 p.m., March 29, West High School.
McMinn Co.– 6 p.m., March 27, McMinn Central High School.
Sevier Co. — 6 p.m., March 23, Gatlinburgh-Pittman High
School; 7 p.m., Apr. 4,Seymour High School.
Sullivan Co. — 6:30 p.m., March 21, Sullivan North High School.
Washington Co. — 6:30 p.m., March 9, Science Hill High School.
Cumberland Co. — 6:30 p.m., March 27, Cumberland County Library.
Davidson Co. — 7 p.m., March 23, John Overton Auditorium; 7 p.m., March 30, Hillsboro Auditorium; 6 p.m., March 21, M.L. King Auditorium; 6:30, March 20, Hunter’s Lane Auditorium.
Franklin County — 6:30 p.m., March 30, Franklin County Auditorium.
Maury Co. — 6 p.m., March 9, Columbia Central Library.
Montgomery Co. — 7 p.m., Apr. 6, Montgomery Co. Board of Education Board Room.
Putnam Co. — 6:30 p.m., May 2, Cookeville Auditorium.
Rutherford Co. — 6:30 p.m., Apr. 10, Oakland Auditorium; 6:30 p.m., Apr. 17, Riverdale Auditorium.
Sumner Co. — 6 p.m., Apr. 4, Gallatin Theatre.
Warren Co. — 6:30 p.m., March 13, Warren County Auditorium.
Williamson Co. — 6 p.m., Apr. 4, Centennial Dining Hall.
Wilson Co. — 6 p.m., March 28, Mt. Juliet Cafeteria.
Chester Co. — 6 p.m., March 13, Chester County Library.
Madison Co. — 6 p.m., March 13, Jackson Northside Fine Arts Bldg.
Shelby Co. — 6 p.m., March 7, Houston Auditorium; 6 p.m.,
March 22, Ridgeway Auditorium; 6 p.m., march 21, Memphis Central Auditorium.
Tipton Co. — 6 p.m., March 30, Brighton Cafeteria.
Weakley Co. — 6 p.m., March 14, Martin Westview Gym (North entrance).