Adult Freshman Admission
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga encourages applications from adults who are 21 years of age or older. Adult freshmen applicants are expected to submit official high school transcripts, including type of diploma and date of graduation, but do not need to submit ACT or SAT scores. Applicants may be asked to take UTC placement examinations to help demonstrate their academic preparedness for college. Applicants with high school equivalency diplomas are expected to present a score of at least 45 on the General Education Development (GED) test.
Admission decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis by either the director or designate of the Admissions Office using all available evidence, including applicants post-high school experiences. In addition, students may be subject to one or more of the following conditions:
- Reduced course credit load;
- Specific course requirements;
- Specific academic advisor
- Specific program of developmental studies.
Applicants for admission as degree seeking students who have been registered in another college or university are classified as transfer students. They must submit to the Undergraduate Admissions Office an official high school transcript showing graduation and type of diploma and complete official transcripts from each previously attended college. Transfers applying for the fall semester must have all supporting credentials listed above on file in the Admissions Office by August 1. Transfers applying for the spring semester must do so by December 1. Transfers applying for any summer semester must apply by April 15.
For admission as transfer students, students must have pursued courses appropriate to the curriculum at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, must be eligible to return to their last institution, and must meet The University of Tennessee at Chattanoogas continuation standards . Grades for all courses attempted will be used in determining the continuation standards. Students who graduated from high school in 1989 or after and are transferring fewer than 60 hours of semester credit must also meet the minimum high school unit requirements and are required to take UTCs placement exams unless an exemption is granted. Students who transfer fewer than 12 hours of college level non-developmental coursework must meet the minimum requirements for new freshman. Refer to High School Preparation for high school unit and placement exam requirements.
Students whose records do not meet the standards required by the University for admission will be denied admission unless, in the opinion of the Vice Chancellor for Student Development or his/her designate, acceptance on scholastic probation is justified. If admitted on probation, students will be required to remove high school unit deficiencies within their first 30 hours of enrollment at UTC. Credits earned in such courses do not apply toward any degree requirements, including general education, major or elective requirements.
Transfer courses are usually accepted at full credit value as either specific course equivalents or electives. Credit will not be given to courses that are not appropriate to the curriculum of UTC. After each course from all previous institutions has been evaluated, transfer students will receive an official evaluation outlining how credit has been accepted at UTC.
- Senior level credit is not awarded for courses completed at a two-year institution.
- Transfer students from senior institutions must complete at least 25% of the minimum semester hours required for the degree under the direction of the UTC faculty; the last 24 semester hours must be completed at UTC.
- Transfer students from two-year institutions must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours at a senior institution.
- A student who earns credit at a two-year college during his last 24 hours at UTC may choose not to apply the credit toward graduation.
Students wishing to transfer to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from regionally unaccredited colleges and universities must meet UTCs admissions requirements. Credit is not awarded for courses completed at regionally unaccredited colleges or universities.
Transfer credits accepted by The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will be entered on the academic record only after the student has registered for classes at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Applicants who fail to declare previous college attendance and to submit transcripts of such records will be subject to dismissal from the University.
Appeals for Admission
Students who are denied admission have the right to appeal the decision to the chancellor of UTC. Appeals must be submitted in writing by the end of the first five class days of the fall and spring semesters and the first two class days of any summer term. Students granted admission by appeal may be required to meet the same conditions as stated above.
Residency Appeals Procedure
All residency appeals for a given semester must be submitted, along with all necessary supporting evidence, to the appropriate admissions office (Undergraduate or Graduate) on or before 5:00 p.m. of the fifth day of classes counting from the first official day of classes. Those appealing for a five-week summer term have until 5:00 p.m. of the third day of classes. These deadlines also apply to students seeking to pay in-state fees due to their full-time employment in the State of Tennessee. Decisions on appeals made before the deadline will be effective for that semester. Appeals received after the deadline, if granted, will be effective the following semester.
The Director of Admissions serves as the primary classification officer for undergraduate students enrolled at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Residence classification appeals should be made in writing (on the appropriate form which can be obtained from the Admissions Office) to the Director of Admissions. Appeals should include appropriate evidence to support the students establishment of domicile in the state of Tennessee.
The decision of the Director of Admissions may be appealed to the chairman of the Residency Appeals Committee by making this request in writing to the committee chair. The chairman of the committee will schedule a hearing to review the students