An applicant who has not enrolled in college courses following high school graduation or receiving a high school equivalent (HSE) diploma, GED/HiSET may be considered for admission as an undergraduate freshman. To gain admission to the University as a freshman student, one must meet the following requirements:
Graduates of public and non-public (including private schools, home schools, and church-related schools) high schools must provide an official high school transcript showing credits earned and date of graduation. A student may receive tentative admission based on grades received through the sixth or seventh semester, although a final high school transcript showing graduation and satisfactory grades must be received by the Office of Admissions before full admission can be granted.
The University upholds the requirements and recommendations of the State of Tennessee for Tennessee non-public schools: www.state.tn.us/education/schools/non_public_schools.shtml. Out-of-state, online, and international schools are subject to a case-by-case evaluation to uphold a similar standard. Applicants who cannot provide a satisfactory secondary school credential may substitute acceptable scores on the GED or HiSET examination (see Admission by Examination (GED/HiSET Applicants) ).
High School Curriculum Requirements: Students graduating from high school must complete a distribution of college preparatory courses. The required courses in the Tennessee High School Diploma provide an example of such courses (see TBR Admissions Policy 2:03:00:00 Section II.B.1.a,(4)).
Guaranteed general admission requirements for new freshman applicants must also have a 2.5 high school GPA and a 17 ACT Composite score (or an 910 SAT Critical Reading and Math score). Additionally, new freshman applicants must score at least a 15 on each subscore of the ACT (440 SAT Reading and 420 SAT Math).
Students that are over 21 years of age are exempted from the ACT/SAT requirement but must score satisfactorily on a course placement exam such as the ACCUPLACER.
Students who do not meet the above requirements will be reviewed by the Admissions Review Committee and a more holistic review will be used to evaluate the application for admission. Students volunteering information regarding a handicapping condition will be assessed on an individual basis.
Admission to the College of Engineering also requires a high school GPA of 3.00, an ACT composite score of 20, and an ACT mathematics score of 22. Admission to the mathematics major also requires an ACT mathematics score of 21. Admission to the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing also requires a high school GPA of 3.00 and an ACT composite score of 20. Admission to certain pre-professional majors also requires a high school GPA of 3.00, a minimum ACT composite score of 21, and a minimum ACT mathematics score of 21. Pre-Professional majors that have different requirements other than general admission requirements include: Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Medical Technology, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician’s Assistant, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Dental Hygiene and Pre-Health Information Management. Students who do not meet these requirements for entering a specific college or major, but do meet general admission requirements, will be admitted into the General Curriculum or General Health Studies programs accordingly.
Applicants whose native language is not English will be reviewed by the English Placement Committee. Such students may be required to take a placement test or submit test scores for the purpose of validating previous English study and/or placement in English courses, including English composition and English as a Second Language.
Applicants for admission to freshman standing who have been enrolled at another college or university must submit official transcripts from each institution attended (see Admission as a Transfer Student for more information on official transcripts).