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College of Engineering: Enrollment Checklist

Steps to Success

Are you currently a high school student interested in becoming an engineering student at UT? Here are the courses that you will need to complete in high school to prepare for freshman admission:

  • 4 units of English

  • 3 1/2 units of mathematics including algebra, trigonometry and geometry

  • 2 units of natural science (physics and chemistry recommended)

  • 2 units of a single foreign language

  • 1 unit of American history

  • 1 unit of European history, world history or world geography

  • 1 unit of visual or performing arts

Note: The University of Tennessee offers very few non-credit courses for correction of math deficiencies. Since you may not take any engineering courses until these deficiencies are corrected, you should make every effort to remove any math deficiencies before arriving at the universiity. Foreign language deficiencies may be corrected by taking courses at The University of Tennessee, but those courses may not be used to satisfy university graduation requirements and must be taken during the first 2 years at the university.

The College of Engineering has also established new admissions criteria for incoming freshmen. Students must meet the requirements for admission to the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and they must also have a Success Prediction Indicator (SPI) of at least 57.0. The SPI is calculated by adding an individual's ACT mathematics score to 10 times their high school GPA (based on a 4.0 scale).

EXAMPLE: A student with a high school GPA of 3.5 and a mathematics ACT score of 28 would have an SPI of 63 = (28 + 10x3.5).
SAT scores are converted to an equivalent ACT score to perform this calculation.

Students who wish to pursue an engineering degree at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, but do not meet the SPI criterion may enroll as University Undecided students and complete appropriate mathematics, science, and other courses before applying for admission to the College of Engineering.

Follow these steps to pursue your goal of admission for fall semester at The University of Tennessee. Most freshmen enter in the fall, although you may choose to enter in the spring or summer semester depending on your circumstances.

When? What?

High School Senior year

Collect as much information about careers as you can and decide what you want to be.
(But don't drive yourself crazy. You can change majors if you find that you made the wrong decision).

Sept. 30

Decide whether you want to enroll in engineering.

Sept. 30

Decide whether The University of Tennessee is the institution (or at least potentially the institution) that you would like to attend.

Nov. 1

Deadline for priority scholarship consideration. Complete the Freshman Academic Scholarship Application located in the Admissions Viewbook and application. Also, check out the College of Engineering's merit-based scholarship information page.

Nov. 1

Early application deadline for freshman applicants who desire early notification of their admission status. UT will offer admission to the students with the highest ability in early December with the remainder considered after January 15.


Apply for housing (freshman who are not married or living with a parent or guardian must live in university housing). A separate form is required for housing, but is generally provided along with an application for admission.

Feb. 1

Application deadline for all freshman students applying for summer and fall terms. This is the final postmark dark for your completed application.

Feb. 1

Deadline for freshmen scholarship applications.

Mar. 15 - April 15

Expect to learn whether you will be offered a merit-based scholarship.

May 1

Deadline for all admitted students to respond to offers of admission. After this date, applicants from the waiting list will be offered admission to UT on a space available basis.


Attend an on-campus orientation (your parents are encouraged to come too). At this time students will learn about what to do when they arrive for the fall semester, will register for fall classes, and will meet with advisors who can help with individual problems.


Arrive at UT, full of enthusiasm and ready to embark on an important and exciting life experience.