The University of Tennessee (UT)

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The University of Tennessee can be found in Knoxville, TN, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The University of Tennessee enrolls over twenty nine thousand students each year.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT scores to UT. A score within the range of 1150 to 1330 on the SAT exam, or 24 to 30 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the The University of Tennessee (UT) average GPA ranges from 3.35 to 3.64 for accepted students. This school has an acceptance rate of about 79% with 31% of applicants deciding to attend. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the The University of Tennessee (UT) acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 73%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall The University of Tennessee (UT) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for The University of Tennessee was reported as 78.8% in Fall 2020 with over 21,800 applications submitted to The University of Tennessee. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • UT ACT Scores: 24 - 30
  • UT Average GPA: 3.35 - 3.64

How Hard Is It to Get into The University of Tennessee?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The University of Tennessee has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for The University of Tennessee has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 77.2%
  • 2017-2018: 77.0%
  • 2018-2019: 77.8%
  • 2019-2020: 78.8%
  • Projected UT Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 72.5%

How Does The University of Tennessee (UT) Compare?

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The acceptance rate for The University of Tennessee is thirty-nine percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of the Cumberlands80.0%
Western Carolina University68.7%
Tennessee Technological University79.0%
East Tennessee State University86.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to The University of Tennessee (UT) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading580 - 660
Math570 - 670
Total Score1150 - 1330
ACT®Score Range
English24 - 33
Math24 - 29
Composite Score24 - 30
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