The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees voted Friday to guarantee admission to the flagship Knoxville campus for high school seniors who rank in the top 10 percent of their class or maintain a minimum 4.0 core grade point average, according to a system statement.
UT regional campuses in Martin, Pulaski and Chattanooga go even further, ensuring admission to high school students who maintain a 3.2 GPA and score a minimum of 23 on the ACT or 1130 on the SAT.
“We want to keep our state’s best and brightest in Tennessee,” said UT system president Randy Boyd. “By offering automatic admission, prospective students will know earlier in the college selection process that there is a place for them at their state’s top public university system.”
Tennessee is the latest state to guarantee college admission to eligible high school students, joining at least a dozen others, including Texas, Florida and Arizona.
UT’s new policy will go into effect in fall 2024, though students are not promised admission to a particular college, program or major.