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Chances of getting into The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
83%
Admission Difficulty for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into UTC and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at UTC is 83%.  It ranks #36 in Tennessee for lowest rate of acceptance. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 6,597 out of 7,938 applicants were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 50 percent (SAT 1020/1200 ACT 21/26). The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.59. 34% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The UTC application fee is $30 and applications are due by Jun 15.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

UTC SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1020-1200
Applicants Submitting SAT 
6%
SAT Scores for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 520
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 1020
SAT Scores for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 590
SAT Composite 75th 1200
Average SAT Score 1110

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga?

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga typically prefers applicants to be in the top 57 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1020 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 930. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1110 out of 1600. UTC ranks #15 in Tennessee for highest average SAT composite score. 6 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1200 and Above Good >90%
1110 to 1200 Avg + 83%-90%
1020 to 1110 Avg - 72%-83%
930 to 1020 Reach 57%-72%
Less than 930 Low <57%
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UTC ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
21-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
97%
ACT Scores for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 28
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into UTC?

Admission data indicates that UTC regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #19 in Tennessee for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 97 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
26 and Above Good >91%
23 to 26 Avg + 83%-91%
21 to 23 Avg - 75%-83%
19 to 21 Reach 64%-75%
Less than 19 Low <64%
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UTC GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.59
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into UTC. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga was 3.59 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #14 in Tennessee for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.59 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as UTC accepts 83% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 18.86% Good
3.75 to 3.99 23.84% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 21.44% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 16.28% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 11.35% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 7.51% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.68% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.04% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Admission Statistics

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,975 2,934 7,938
Accepted 4,178 2,419 6,597
Acceptance Rate 84% 82% 83%
Enrolled 1,371 851 2,222
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 33% 35% 34%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jun 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
197

Applicants have 197 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jun 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is $30.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and what student information is used for admission decisions?

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=221740 IPEDS survey data for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

FAQs

Does The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga prefer SAT or ACT?

6% of students submit their SAT scores to UTC. 97% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga?

83% of those who apply are granted admission to UTC. Admission competition is and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1020 and 1200. 6% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 26. 97% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.