Sep 25, 2020  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission to Freshman Standing


An applicant who has not enrolled in college courses following high school graduation or receiving a high school equivalent (HSE) diploma or GED 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: 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)).New freshman applicants must fall into one of the following categories:


19 ACT Composite*
2.0 High School GPA




17 ACT Composite**
2.5 High School GPA

* Or SAT Critical Reading and Math score of 900

** Or SAT Critical Reading and Math score of 820



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 COMPASS.

Students who do not meet the above requirements will be reviewed by the Admissions Review Committee. Students volunteering information regarding a handicapping condition will be assessed on an individual basis.

Engineering majors must have a high school GPA of 2.35, an ACT composite score of 20 and an ACT mathematics score of 20. Mathematics majors and computer science majors must have an ACT mathematics score of 21 in addition to meeting requirements for admission to the University.

Nursing majors must have a high school GPA of 3.0 and an ACT composite score of 20. Students who wish to major in certain Pre-Professional majors* must have a high school GPA of 3.0, a minimum ACT composite score of 21 and a minimum ACT mathematics score of 21. Students who do not meet these requirements for entering a specific major, but do meet general admission requirements, may be admitted into the General Health Studies or General Curriculum program accordingly.

*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.


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).