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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the Tickle College of Engineering:

Co-oping is highly encouraged. Work experience is invaluable in many aspects of academic life. First, it aids in the learning process. Seeing firsthand what the student will work on in class helps develop a better sense of the dynamics of what is going on. Second, it helps in developing the student professionally. There are trade secrets that one can learn in the industry that cannot be taught in the classroom. Thirdly, it helps the student evaluate if the career path they have chosen is a good fit for their personality. Engineering the profession and engineering the degree are vastly different. It is also valuable during the interview process. The student has so much more to bring to the table with real work experience. Lastly, the money helps pay for school. For more information, visit the Engineering Professional Practice website.

EPP Student at Facility

The Engage Program is a unique freshman engineering program offered at the University of Tennessee. The program is based on team-based activities and projects combined with teaching the basics, dynamics, and statics. Visit the Engage Program website for more information.

The Engage Learning Community is one of several parts of the Engage Programs. The learning community consists of a couple of floors reserved especially for engineering students in Morrill Hall. Staying in the same floor, the students in the Engage community become part of a group that is able to help each other during exams, as well as bond as future engineers. Of course, there are also some great reasons to join. The communities have events, such as whitewater rafting, paintball tournaments, and trips to Six Flags in Atlanta.

Three Students Participate in Engage Project

All freshmen who are admitted into the Tickle College of Engineering are automatically in the Engage Program.

No. Being a part of the learning community in Morrill Hall is voluntary. You will be a part of the Engage Program whether you live there or in any other dorm on campus.

The Cook Grand Challenge Honors Program is independent of (but complementary to) the university’s Chancellors Honors Program (CHP), and an engineering student may choose to pursue both programs. In addition, the College administers two additional honors programs in cooperation with the National Academy of Engineering, the Grand Challenge Engineer (GCE) and the Chand Challenge Scholar (GCS) program. For more information, visit the Cook Grand Challenge Honors Program website.

Student Instructor with CGCHP Students

Admission as a first-year student to the CGCHP/HC is by invitation, which is extended by the Dean’s office to students meeting rigorous academic standards in their high school coursework and to all students accepted into the Chancellors Honors Program. Recent entering classes have had an average high school core GPA of 4.0 and an average composite ACT of 33.

Minimum computer requirements for entering freshman students to the Tickle College of Engineering can be found here.

The University of Tennessee asks students to evaluate professors at the end of each semester. All updated evaluations of professors can be found on the TN101 Online website.

Dr. Reinholt with Students

It all depends on how often and when you plan to eat. The unlimited plan allows you to eat three meals per day every day of the week that a cafeteria is open. The Any Ten Plan gives you ten meals per week that do not roll over from week to week. Think about how often you plan to eat in the cafeteria, and make your decision. If you will be purchasing snacks often from the convenience stores, you may want to choose a plan with more bonus bucks. Check out the UT Dining Services website.

As states on the UT Dining Services Website, Bonus Bucks are provided as part of you meal membership. Bonus Bucks may be used at all Dining Services restaurants and convenience stores on campus. Bonus Bucks add convenience and variety to the already extensive offerings available with your meal membership. Bonus Bucks can be used to purchase goods at the many convenience stores around campus. For more questions, on Bonus Bucks or meal plans in general, visit the UT Dining Services website.

If you register for fourteen credit hours of classes, you can expect to spend fourteen hours per week in class. This does not include time required to spend doing homework and projects. Typically, professors expect students to spend two hours of work outside the classroom for every one credit hour in the classroom. This will vary depending on the class and time of semester. Students registered for fifteen credit hours can expect to spend between twenty and thirty hours per week in class and completing assignments.

The engineering fundamentals program that UT offers is designed to provide basic knowledge used by engineers and many other disciplines. If you do decide during your first year that engineering is not right for you, many of the courses that you will be taking will count as basic requirements for several other majors. That means that you won’t be far behind if you do change majors during or after your first year! Remember, even if you are not sure of what type of engineering to pursue, the principles you’ll learn during the first year in Engineering will be carried with you through your entire college career.

Through the Engineering Fundamental Program, students are exposed to the various types of Engineering disciplines. This ensures that students are well informed about what a particular type of Engineering may do on a day to do basis. Students are encouraged to investigate the majors we offer and decide on one during their first year. You can learn more about the different engineering majors at the Academic Programs website.

UT has over 300 student organizations, a vast Greek community, many academic organizations, and honor societies. There is something for everyone here. Visit the UT Undergraduate Admission website for more information on student life on campus.

The Tickle College of Engineering provides over 500 scholarships, including nearly 150 scholarships to incoming freshman and transfer students, each year. During the 2012-2013 academic year, scholarships totaling more than $700,000 were awarded in the Tickle College of Engineering supporting over 500 students. Don’t limit your search just to university based financial aid. Many community organizations also offer aid for students. For information on university financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Yes, we do. Visit the MS-MBA website for more information.


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