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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s application deadline for incoming freshmen for the 2010-2011 academic year is Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Vern Granger, director of undergraduate admissions and assistant dean of enrollment services, said applications have been coming in this year at a steady pace.

Granger said UT seeks to admit students who demonstrate the ability to succeed at UT.

“Remember that the term ‘best and brightest’ refers not only to grade-point averages and ACT scores, but to a whole range of special abilities, characteristics and talents,” Granger said.

UT’s admissions staff have noted that a myth exists that students with less than a 26 ACT should not bother to apply to UT. However, 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.

“In some cases, we know that students are admitted based on their grades or test scores alone. But in many cases, students are admitted because of a combination of grades and extracurricular activities, personal statements and optional letters of recommendation,” he explained.

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

Students are encouraged to apply online.

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