Jan 27, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate 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, 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. Provisional admissions on academic merit through the sixth or seventh semester can be made; however, a final high school transcript showing graduation date 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.

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)).

Admission requirements for new freshman applicants must have a 2.5 high school GPA and a 17 ACT Composite score (or a 930 SAT Critical Reading and Math score).  Additionally, new freshman applicants must score at least a 15 on each subscore of the ACT (440 SAT ERW and 400 SAT Math). Students with a final 3.0 high school GPA or higher will be admitted regardless of test scores, but test scores may still be required for course placement purposes.

Students that are over 21 years of age are exempted from the ACT/SAT requirement but must meet the required score on a course placement exam such as the ACCUPLACER.

Students who do not meet the above requirements will be reviewed by the Holistic Review Committee and a more individual 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. 

Applicants whose native language is not English 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).