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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s priority application deadline – which incoming freshmen for the 2010-2011 academic year must meet to be considered for competitive scholarships and the Chancellor’s Honors Program – is Nov. 1, only nine days away.

And the regular admissions deadline of Dec. 1 is also just around the corner.

“This is the second year for the main deadline to be Dec. 1, which is earlier than it was in the past. We’re hoping high school seniors, and parents, have it marked on their calendars so there’s no last-minute crunch,” said Vern Granger, director of undergraduate admissions and assistant dean of enrollment services.

Granger said he wants to stress that while UT Knoxville is committed to excellence, it’s also committed to being accessible.

“For the past several years, we’ve been able to boast having our ‘best and brightest’ freshman classes ever,” he said. “Remember that ‘best’ refers not only to grade-point averages and ACT scores, but to a whole range of special abilities, characteristics and talents. Most of all, we admit students who demonstrate the ability to succeed at UT. In some cases, we know that from grades alone. But in many cases, students are admitted because of a combination of grades and extracurricular activities, personal statements and optional letters of recommendation.”

A myth has existed that students with less than a 26 ACT should not bother to apply to UT, but for 2009, 57 percent of applicants who had less than a 25 ACT or who had less than a 3.4 core GPA were offered admission, Granger said.

All students who meet the Dec. 1 deadline will be notified of their admission status no later than March 15.

Two other important deadlines to remember:

March 1 is the filing deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applying for admission and completing the FAFSA form is all students need to do to be eligible for Promise and Pledge scholarships, as well as Achieve the Dream grants.

May 1 is the deadline for admitted students to confirm their attendance by paying a nonrefundable deposit of $150.

Students are encouraged to apply online at

This year, for the first time, Undergraduate Admissions is taking its message on the road with “Volunteer Visits.”

“Whether you have already applied for admission to the entering fall class of 2010 or are still considering UT, we invite you to join members of our UT admissions staff to get the latest information about campus programs and scholarships, and to ask any questions you might have about UT Knoxville,” Granger said.

All Volunteer Visits are from 6:30 to 8 p.m., except the Memphis visit that will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The schedule is:

  • Monday, Nov. 2 — Hunters Lane High School, Nashville
  • Monday, Nov. 2 — Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, Franklin
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3 — Bearden High School, Knoxville
  • Thursday, Nov. 5 — Ooltewah High School, Ooltewah
  • Sunday, Nov. 8 — UT Health Science Center Student Center, Memphis
  • Monday, Nov. 9 — UT Visitors Center, Knoxville
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10 — Madison Academic High School, Jackson
  • Thursday, Nov. 12 — Sullivan South High School, Kingsport-Tri-Cities area
  • Thursday, Nov. 12 – Houston High School, Shelby County

For more information about UT Knoxville and the admissions process, see

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