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Step Ahead Math Class


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Enrollment for 2014 has closed. We are no longer accepting applications.


What is the Step Ahead Math Class?

  • a 9-day class to boost students to college algebra
  • a combination of lecture, lab work and tutoring
  • students will be tested at the end of the class to determine if they will be eligible to take college algebra or another math course
  • college credit will NOT be earned in this class

Why should I take the class?

  • to be able to take a math class that will apply to your college degree and advance to other math courses

Who is eligible?

  • Only students who have submitted an online application for Step Ahead Math are eligible (see "How do I apply?")
  • new entering UTC freshmen who have ACT Math scores below 19
  • entering freshmen with an ACT Math score of 19-21 and continuing students not currently eligible for Math 1130 may apply; eligible students will be placed on a waiting list until the application deadline, July 1, 2014
  • the first 400 students who meet the criteria and submit a Step Ahead Math application

How do I know if I am eligible?

  • ACT Math score below 19
  • Eligible applicants will receive confirmation via email

Who will teach the class?

When is the class?

For Fall 2014:

  • August 7-16, 2014
  • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; exam Saturday, August 16, 2014
  • No class Sunday, August 10, or Friday, August 15 so students can participate in Welcome Week and FYRE activities

What is the cost?

  • The program fee is $75, including housing. Students are responsible for their own meals. (See below.)
  • Eligible students will receive payment information with confirmation of eligibility

What do I need to bring to the class?

  • Bring a pencil, a notebook, and a laptop computer, if you have one (not required). More detailed information will be sent to students accepted into the program on July 2, 2014.

When can I check in to the dorm?

  • Thursday, August 7, 2014 - check in times TBA
  • PLEASE NOTE: Students assigned temporary off-campus housing will not be able to move in early and must make their own arrangements for accommodations during Step Ahead Math
  • Students who do not have a campus housing assignment must commute from home or make their own arrangements for a place to stay during Step Ahead Math

What about meals?

  • Fall meal plans will be active starting Monday, August 11, 2014
  • Limited options will be available on campus and at nearby restaurants - information will be provided prior to your arrival
  • Campus points (cash amounts) may be added to your ID card via for food purchases prior to meal plan activation
  • Food court will be open 11:00a-1:00p through August 13; 7:30a-8:00p, beginning August 14
  • Crossroads will open Monday, August 11 7:00a-5:00p; normal hours begin Thursday, August 14, 7:00a-7:00p, weekends 11:00a-7:00p

What about parking?

  • Fall parking permits are valid beginning Monday, August 18; tickets will not be issued August 6-17, 2014

How do I apply?

  • Fill out the online form on this page.
  • NEW application deadline is July 22, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. Students on the waiting list will be notified of their status by July 23, 2014.

Need more information? Contact:

  • Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Dr. Jocelyn Sanders, (423) 425-4515, or