Adult Freshman Admission

(applicants over 21 years of age)

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga encourages applications from adults who are 21 years of age or older. Adult freshmen applicants must submit official high school transcripts or equivalent, including type of diploma and date of graduation. Adult applicants do not need to submit ACT or SAT scores. The University may require some applicants to take UTC placement examinations to demonstrate academic preparedness. An applicant with a high school equivalency diplomas must have a score of at least 45 on the General Education Development (GED) test.

The Director of the Admission Office, or a designee, reviews applications for Adult Freshman admission on a case-by-case basis using all available evidence, including the applicant's post-high school experiences. The University may require that students admitted to this program comply with one or more of the following conditions:

  1. Reduced course credit load
  2. Specific course requirements
  3. Specific academic advisor
  4. Specific program of developmental studies.

Admission with GED-High School Equivalency Diploma

The University will accept a high school equivalency diploma if the applicant scored 45 or higher on the General Education Development test (GED). Applicants who are 21 or older should refer to the section entitled "Adult Freshman Admission." Applicants younger than 21 should refer to the section entitled "Regular Admission."

The Director of the Admission Office, or a designee, reviews on a case-by-case basis applicants with extenuating circumstances who fail to meet admission requirements. Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements should present in writing the extenuating and other circumstances that produced the deficiencies.

Early Admission

The University has an early admission program for exceptionally gifted high school students. This program is available only to applicants who intend to complete their high school requirements with college-level courses and will not enroll in high school courses while participating in the program. In order to be eligible for the Early Admission Program, applicants should have at least a 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and score at or above the 95th percentile of university norms on the ACT or the SAT examination at the end of the junior year in high school. Additionally, applicants must have the consent of their parents and the approval of their principal or guidance counselor. Applicants who meet these criteria will be admitted if the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Development determines that participation in early admission is in the applicant's best interest. In most cases, a personal interview with the applicant is required.

Joint High School Enrollment

The Joint High School Enrollment Program allows outstanding high school students to enroll in college courses while they enroll in high school courses. The admission to the Joint High School Enrollment Program requires the following:

  1. Concurrent enrollment in high school,
  2. A grade point average of at least a 3.0 (B on a 4.0 scale),
  3. Recommendation of the high school principal or guidance counselor, and
  4. Permission of the UTC instructor and/or department head.

Students may earn up to 24 semester hours in the program and may take a maximum of 12 hours during the summer and no more than two courses during the fall and spring semester. Students may apply the credits toward a degree at UTC or transfer them to another college or university.

Undergraduate Non-Degree-Seeking Status

Applicants who wish to take courses for personal fulfillment or career enhancement can apply as non-degree-seeking applicants. To qualify for this status, applicants must be at least 21 years of age and must be a high school graduate or have a GED.

Non-degree-seeking students can earn no more than 60 semester hours. Students can apply these hours toward an undergraduate degree after admission as a degree-seeking student. Admission as a non-degree-seeking student does not guarantee admission as a degree-seeking student. Non-degree-seeking students who wish to enroll in upper level courses requiring prerequisites must provide the appropriate department head with an official transcript to verify completion of the prerequisite courses.

Former UTC students, international students, and applicants denied admission to UTC may not enroll as non-degree-seeking students. Non-degree-seeking students are not eligible to receive academic advising or financial aid. Non-degree-seeking students must maintain a 2.0 grade-point average in order to continue enrollment at UTC.

Special Admission

Adult Degree Seeking Students

Applicants 25 or older who wish to receive a Bachelor's degree must apply through Adult Services.

The Adult Services Center (Margaret Daniel, Director) is located in Room 278 of the University Center (Hours of operation: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m. - noon, Saturday). The Center provides individualized advisement, registration, fee collection, and other University services for non-traditional students. Telephone: (423) 425-4485

Audit Student Status

Adults who wish to attend undergraduate classes without earning credit or receiving grades may register as auditors only if the space is available in the class desired and if the instructor approves the registration. Any adult student entering under audit classification who subsequently wishes to take courses for credit must meet all requirements for admission to the University.

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