Resources › For Students and Parents The University of Tennessee: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics Share Flipboard Email Print sframephoto/Getty Images For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated April 02, 2020 The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 79%. 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, TennesseeCampus 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: 17:1Athletics: The UT Volunteers compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern ConferenceHighlights: 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 2018-19 admissions cycle, the University of Tennessee had an acceptance rate of 79%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 79 students were admitted, making UT's admissions process somewhat selective. Admissions Statistics (2018-19) Number of Applicants 21,764 Percent Admitted 79% Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 31% SAT Scores and Requirements UT Knoxville requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 23% 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 2018-19 admissions cycle, 88% of admitted students submitted ACT scores. ACT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile English 24 33 Math 24 29 Composite 24 30 This admissions data tells us that most of UT Knoxville's admitted students fall within the top 26% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to UT Knoxville received a composite ACT score between 24 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 24. 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 2019, the middle 50% of the University of Tennessee's incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.0 and 4.0. 25% had a GPA above 4.0, and 25% had a GPA below 3.0. 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. 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 somewhat 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 also has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and meaningful extracurricular activities can strengthen your application, as can a rigorous course schedule. Some applicants may also benefit from submitting an optional supporting 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 acceptance. All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and The University of Tennessee, Knoxville's Undergraduate Admissions Office. How Competitive Is UC Davis' Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Butler University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is UT Dallas' Admissions Process? How Competitive Is University of Colorado's Admissions Process? How Competitive is University of Texas at Austin's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is University of Delaware's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is University of Tennessee at Martin's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is University of Central Florida's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Penn State's Admissions Process? 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