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The Haslam College of Business welcomed its largest incoming undergraduate class this fall, with more than 1,800 Vols. A huge factor in that growth comes from 1,463 new first-year students—nearly 25 percent of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s incoming first-year class. An additional 350 transfer students have come from other institutions.

This fall, the university experienced record-breaking undergraduate enrollment of 25,000 undergraduate students. More than 5,900 new first-year students have joined the Volunteer family.

“This year’s entering class has endured many challenges during their junior and senior years of high school, but they have not let that slow them down,” said Brian Francis, assistant director of undergraduate programs for the college. “Not only is this class our largest ever, but in terms of academic performance they are among the best the Haslam College of Business has ever seen.”

The class represents six countries and 39 US states, with 49 percent of students coming from outside Tennessee.

The new class brings an impressive academic record, with an average high school GPA of 3.88.

Of the incoming class, about 34 percent have declared majors in either finance or marketing. Supply chain management, management and entrepreneurship, and business analytics and statistics majors combine to make up 33 percent of the class. Most transfer students are initially admitted as business exploratory majors.


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