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Chances of getting into The University of Tennessee

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
78%
Admission Difficulty for The University of Tennessee
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Tennessee and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Tennessee is 78%.  It ranks #30 in Tennessee for lowest rate of acceptance. The University of Tennessee is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 19,867 out of 25,423 applicants were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 28 percent (SAT 1140/1303 ACT 25/31). The University of Tennessee typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.93. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Tennessee application fee is $50 and applications are due by Apr 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. The University of Tennessee is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

Tennessee SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1140-1303
Applicants Submitting SAT 
19%
SAT Scores for The University of Tennessee
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 560
SAT Composite 25th 1140
SAT Scores for The University of Tennessee
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 653
SAT Composite 75th 1303
Average SAT Score 1220

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

The University of Tennessee typically prefers applicants to be in the top 34 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1140 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 1060. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1220 out of 1600. Tennessee ranks #5 in Tennessee and #212 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 19 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The University of Tennessee admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1303 and Above Good >87%
1221 to 1303 Avg + 78%-87%
1140 to 1221 Avg - 65%-78%
1059 to 1140 Reach 50%-65%
Less than 1059 Low <50%
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Tennessee ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
25-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
100%
ACT Scores for The University of Tennessee
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 24
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for The University of Tennessee
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Tennessee regularly accepts students with ACT's of 25 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 22 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in Tennessee and #162 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 100 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to The University of Tennessee.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

The University of Tennessee admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
31 and Above Good >87%
28 to 31 Avg + 78%-87%
25 to 28 Avg - 65%-78%
22 to 25 Reach 50%-65%
Less than 22 Low <50%
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Tennessee GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.93
Typical High School Grades 
A-

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

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Tennessee. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at The University of Tennessee was 3.93 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #1 in Tennessee for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.93 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Tennessee accepts 78% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted The University of Tennessee students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 52.0% Avg +
3.75 to 3.99 16.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 13.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 9.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 7.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 3.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

69% of The University of Tennessee freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted The University of Tennessee students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 41%
Top 25% of class 69%
Top 50% of class 91%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

The University of Tennessee admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 15,340 10,083 25,423
Accepted 12,011 7,856 19,867
Acceptance Rate 78% 78% 78%
Enrolled 3,134 2,378 5,512
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 30% 28%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Apr 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Apr 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to The University of Tennessee is $50.

Application Requirements

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

The University of Tennessee Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Considered but not required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at The University of Tennessee
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=221759 IPEDS survey data for The University of Tennessee.

FAQs

Does The University of Tennessee prefer SAT or ACT?

19% of students submit their SAT scores to Tennessee. 100% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

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

78% of those who apply are granted admission to Tennessee. Admission competition is and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for The University of Tennessee?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1140 and 1303. 19% 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?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 25 and 31. 100% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.