More than 4,300 freshmen—the biggest class in nearly a decade, with the most honors students ever—will begin classes on Wednesday, August 21. The incoming freshmen are an academically accomplished group, with average ACT scores and high school GPAs putting them among the top 10 percent of high school graduates statewide.
Kari Alldredge has been named UT’s new admissions director and will begin work on June 10. Alldredge is the senior associate director of undergraduate admissions at Oklahoma State University, where she has worked since 2006. At OSU, she led an admissions team that welcomed the school’s largest class ever. She helped reverse a six-year trend of declining enrollment and increased campus tour numbers by 80 percent.
The regular application deadline for the 2013-2014 academic year is December 1, less than two weeks away. The priority admissions deadline—which incoming freshmen had to meet to be considered for competitive scholarships and the Chancellor’s Honors Program—was November 1. Students will be notified of their admission status beginning in mid-November but no later than mid-March.
It’s time for students who want to attend UT Knoxville to turn in their college admissions materials. The university’s priority admissions deadline—which incoming freshmen must meet to be considered for competitive scholarships and the Chancellor’s Honors Program—is November 1. The regular application deadline for the 2013-2014 academic year is December 1.
Vern Granger, assistant dean of enrollment services and director of admissions since 2009, leaves UT Friday to become associate vice president and director of admissions and first year experience at The Ohio State University. A national search is under way for a new admissions director.
In its ongoing efforts to make the college application process easier, UT Knoxville has joined Common Application, a service that allows students to fill out a single document to apply for admission at more than 450 public and private universities across the United States. First-time entering freshmen applying for admission to UT for the fall of 2013 will be the first to use Common Application.
Eighty students attended this year’s UT LEAD Summer Institute, a free five-week program that brought a select group of freshman Promise Scholarship recipients to college for the second summer session. The Summer Institute is a component of the UT LEAD program, which provides academic-year support for all Promise and Pledge recipients. This is the fourth year for the program. Its first class will graduate from the university in May.
Seventy-five freshmen are now studying at UT Knoxville as part of the new dual-enrollment program with Pellissippi State Community College. Guided by advisers on both campuses, these Bridge Program students are attending the second summer session at UT and taking a set of credit courses to help them adjust to college life and get a head start on their UT degree.
Starting this summer, a pilot group of students will be dually enrolled at UT Knoxville and Pellissippi State Community College (PSCC). This new bridge program — the type of partnership required by the 2010 Complete College Act of Tennessee — will allow some students who are wait-listed for admission at UT to tackle initial program requirements at the community college.
UT Knoxville faculty and staff are invited to an informational program on Oct. 19 to learn about benefits their children can receive if they choose to attend the University of Tennessee. The program, “Just for You,” will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 pm at the UT Visitors Center.