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Autumn is here: Leaves are falling, there’s a cool nip in the air—and college application deadlines are approaching for high school seniors.

For UT, the priority admissions and scholarship deadline is November 1. Incoming freshmen must have their applications filed by this date to be considered for competitive scholarships and the Chancellor’s Honors Program. Once admitted, qualifying students will be invited to complete a scholarship and honors application.

The regular application deadline is December 1. Students meeting this deadline will be considered for institutional scholarships, including the Volunteer Scholarship.

“We are seeking the very best students from Tennessee and beyond to build our incoming fall 2016 class,” said Kari Alldredge, interim associate provost and director of undergraduate admissions.

This year, all applicants are being asked to write a personal essay. Letters of recommendation are now optional.

“Seeing a personal essay is a prospective student’s opportunity to tell us who they are beyond what we learn from test scores and transcripts—what’s important to them, what they’ve accomplished, what they’ve overcome, what they want to do with their lives, and how UT will be a part of their journey,” Alldredge said. “Test scores and grades are important, but we also consider the broad range of experiences and talents a student will share with our campus community. The personal essay gives us that insight.”

Applicants are encouraged to submit transcripts, their essay, and other materials by the November 1 and December 1 deadlines. New test scores can be submitted until December 31 for scholarship consideration.

To apply online, visit or use the Common Application.

Admitted students will be notified soon after admission if they qualify for funding through the Volunteer Scholarship program. Now in its second year, this program provides UT scholarship monies to students who have at least a 3.8 UT weighted core GPA and a superscored ACT of at least 28 or SAT score of at least 1250.

Learn more about the Volunteer Scholarship program on the One Stop website.

Deadlines for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, application deadlines for transfer students and international students, and deadlines for admitted students to confirm their attendance by paying their deposit can be found online.

This year, UT welcomed more than 4,700 freshmen. The university’s undergraduate enrollment is nearly 21,900.

The state’s flagship public research university, UT offers more than 300 degree programs through its nine undergraduate colleges and eleven graduate and professional programs. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT 47th among all public universities in the nation.

For more information about undergraduate admissions, visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.


Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,