High School Preparation
High school students interested in studying engineering at UT are encouraged to take courses in physics, mathematics, and chemistry to prepare for the engineering curriculum. Successful engineering students are not only proficient in mathematics, they also communicate well both orally and in writing, work effectively in groups, and have the discipline to stay organized and focused on challenging assignments.
To see a list of the courses you will need to complete in high school to be eligible for admission, please visit Undergraduate Admissions.
Note: The University of Tennessee does not offer 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 fulfill these requirements before arriving at the university.
The Tickle College of Engineering has established admissions criteria for incoming freshmen based on several performance criteria, including completion of core academic subjects, GPA scores on these subjects, and standardized test (SAT or ACT) scores. A Success Prediction Indicator (SPI) number of 60 and a math ACT of 25 or a math SAT of 590 if taken after March 2016 (math SAT of 570 if taken before March 2016) are minimum standards used for admission to the Tickle College of Engineering. The admitted class may also be limited by space available in the College. The SPI is calculated by adding an individual’s ACT mathematics score to 10 times their core high school GPA (based on a 4.0 scale). For information on what constitutes core high school courses, please consult the admission website: Undergraduate Admissions.
SPI EXAMPLE: A student with a high school core GPA of 3.5 and an ACT mathematics score of 28 would have an SPI of 63 using the formula (3.5 X 10) + 28 = 63. SAT scores are converted to an equivalent ACT score to perform this calculation.
Students who wish to pursue a degree in the Tickle College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville but do not meet the college admission criterion may enroll as University Undecided students and complete appropriate mathematics, science, and other courses before applying again for admission to the Tickle College of Engineering.
Follow these steps to achieve your goal of admission for fall semester at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Most freshmen enter in the fall, although you may choose to enter in the spring or summer semester depending on your circumstances.