The University of Tennessee System has approved a new admissions policy that guarantees spots for high school students.
Students in the top 10% of their class, those with a GPA of 4.0 or higher, and students with an ACT composite score of at least 23 along with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. The goal of these changes is to attract more Tennessee students to enroll in the state’s public colleges, as the system has been losing students to neighboring southern states like Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.
The policy comes in response to declining college-going rates in Tennessee, with only 54% of the high school class of 2022 immediately entering college, a decrease from previous years.
UT Knoxville, the most well-known of all of the UT system, is not included in this guarantee due to concerns about capacity. The goal is to make higher education more accessible and attract a larger share of Tennessee’s high school graduates to the state’s public colleges.