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Meghan Green and her twin brother, Brendan Green, of Aurora, Colorado, were surprised on a campus tour with acceptance letters.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, surprised two high school students on a campus tour February 8. Twins Brendan Green and Meghan Green of Aurora, Colorado, visited campus for a tour and left with acceptance letters to the university. The surprises were opportunities to celebrate student admissions and give a memorable experience for prospective students.

“That was so unexpected. It was really cool, and it definitely makes me feel better about where I am,” Brendan Green said.

Members of the spirit squad, the cheer team, and staff from the Undergraduate Admissions Office sang “Rocky Top” to welcome the Greens to Knoxville. Clay Alexander, associate director of freshman recruitment, presented the siblings with their admission letters and celebrated with balloons and UT swag. The Greens’ admissions counselor, Kylie Rigdon, was able to Facetime in from Denver and congratulate them.

Rigdon assists prospective Volunteers from the Rocky Mountain region. She noted that UT appeals to many out-of-state students because the welcoming culture, opportunities, and sense of belonging all come together in one unique place. The Greens’ surprise was one way to give a taste of what they’ll hopefully get to experience as UT students.

Early action admission decisions came out on December 14, 2020, and regular admissions decisions will be released on February 15, 2021.

Socially distanced campus tours are available with advance registration. For those who are unable to visit campus, UT offers virtual opportunities to explore academic colleges, talk to current students, meet an admissions counselor, take a virtual campus tour, and engage in other university experiences.



Maddie Stephens (865-974-3993,