The University of Tennessee: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 78%. To apply, students can use the Common Application or The University of Tennessee application. UT Knoxville ranks among the top Tennessee colleges and the top South Central colleges and universities.

Considering applying to UT Knoxville? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Why the University of Tennessee?

  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Campus Features: UT's attractive 910-acre campus sits along the banks of the Tennessee River. The university's red brick buildings stand alongside tree-lined walks, quadrangles, and park spaces.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 17:1
  • Athletics: The UT Volunteers compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference
  • Highlights: The flagship campus of the Tennessee state university system, UT Knoxville has a rich history dating back to 1794. Business fields frequently do well in national rankings, and strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned the school a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, the University of Tennessee had an acceptance rate of 78%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 78 students were admitted, making UT's admissions process somewhat selective.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 20,457
Percent Admitted 78%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 33%

SAT Scores and Requirements

UT Knoxville requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 19% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 580 660
Math 570 670
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of UT Knoxville's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to the University of Tennessee scored between 580 and 660, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 660. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 570 and 670, while 25% scored below 570 and 25% scored above 670. Applicants with a composite ACT score of 1330 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at UT Knoxville.

Requirements

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville does not require the SAT writing section. Note that UT Knoxville participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

The University of Tennessee requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 100% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 33
Math 24 29
Composite 25 31

This admissions data tells us that most of UT Knoxville's admitted students fall within the top 22% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to UT Knoxville received a composite ACT score between 25 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 25.

Requirements

UT Knoxville does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, the University of Tennessee superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the middle 50% of the University of Tennessee's incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.6 and 4.3. 25% had a GPA above 4.3, and 25% had a GPA below 3.6. These results suggest that most successful applicants to UT Knoxville have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a slightly selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, UT Knoxville has a holistic admissions process. Grades and test scores matter most, but the admissions officers will also consider the rigor of your high school courses, your extracurricular activities, and any special talent you might have (such as athletic excellence). Some applicants may also benefit from submitting an optional personal statement and optional letters of recommendation.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of accepted students had high school GPAs of 3.0 or higher, ACT composite scores of 20 or higher, and combined SAT scores of 1000 or better (ERW+M). Higher grades and scores significantly increase your chances of receiving an acceptance letter. Note also that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm.