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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s priority application deadline — which incoming freshmen for the 2011-2012 academic year must meet to be considered for competitive scholarships and the Chancellor’s Honors Program — is Nov. 1, less than a month away.

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

“We hope high school seniors and parents have these dates 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.

“UT Knoxville is looking for the ‘best and brightest’ students to make up our next freshman class,” Granger said. “But we’re not just talking about grade-point averages and ACT scores; rather, we’re talking about the whole range of special abilities, characteristics and talents that students can bring to our campus. We encourage prospective students to demonstrate their ability to succeed at UT by showing us a healthy combination of grades and extracurricular activities, along with their personal statements and optional letters of recommendation.”

Students who meet the Nov. 1 priority deadline should know their admissions status no later than Christmas, as well as whether they’re being considered for the Honors Program and competitive scholarships (they must also complete the Freshman Scholarship Application). 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:

February 15 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 $250.

For more information about UT Knoxville and the admissions process, see To register for a campus tour, visit

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C O N T A C T :

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