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Your Next Steps Before Orientation

Congratulations on being admitted to the Tickle College of Engineering’s Class of 2025!

The college is rapidly growing with new facilities, more students, and research opportunities. We are thrilled to have you join us at such an exciting time. This list includes some important reminders about next steps as you progress into your UT experience.


Step One: Get your NetID and Student ID. Your NetID is your University username. Log in to your VIP portal to retrieve your NetID and Student ID.



Step Two: Set your password. Once you have your NetID and Student ID, visit directory.utk.edu/setup to set up your password. If you need help, call OIT at 865-974-9900. With your NetID and password, you will be able to log into MyUTK and your UT email account, which is the official means of communication between UT and students.



Step Three: Pay your enrollment deposit. Visit my.utk.edu and log in using your NetID and password. Here you can confirm your enrollment by paying your $250 deposit by May 1. The deposit is nonrefundable and nontransferable, but the great news is that it will be credited to your first semester costs.

Paying your enrollment deposit fee allows you to sign up for orientation. The One Stop Student Services handles all scholarship and financial questions.



Step Four: Starting mid-March 2021 you can sign up to attend virtual orientation advising. We encourage you to attend virtual orientation advising as early as possible this summer. The earlier you come to virtual orientation advising the more class choices you will have. Remember: sign up for virtual orientation advising only after paying your enrollment deposit.



Step Five: Begin planning for a successful first year of college. Tools for success you need to review prior to orientation include the online Undergraduate Catalog. Click “Majors A–Z” in the right-hand menu to view courses required for your degree. Also review the academic planning worksheets for your major. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on your major and 2021. Be sure to read all the instructions.

Please review the Advising powerpoint and complete the requested forms for virtual orientation advising. Be sure to bring your completed forms that will include the AP/IB/Dual Credit worksheetGeneral Education worksheet, and a tentative fall semester schedule.



Step Six: Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate guides will help you determine what, if any, course credits you will obtain from your AP or IB exam scores. Review generic examples of first-year schedules for students in our college.



Step Seven: Admitted engineering students with a Math ACT score of 25, 26, or 27 (or students who have an SAT Math score of 590 to 650) will begin with Math 131 Pre-Calculus in the fall and take Engineering Fundamentals 141.

Our Math 131 classes are exclusive to engineering majors. Students admitted without test scores will discuss placement with your advisor. Students desiring to confirm math placement must take the UT Math Placement Exam Level 4. If you have math placement exam questions, please contact the Math Department at 865-974-2451 or math_info@utk.edu.



Step Eight: If you are interested in living in Engage, the engineering living & learning community, you will need to first complete and submit your online housing contract. After that, you will be able to access the online living & learning community application. If you have any questions about participating in or applying to Engage, contact University Housing at 865-974-1419 or housingllc@utk.edu.



Step Nine: Entering freshmen in engineering are required to have a laptop. You may choose any laptop you prefer.



Got questions about advising? Contact Margie Russell, director of Engineering Advising.

Got questions about the first-year program? Contact Richard Bennett, director of the Engineering Fundamentals Division

We look forward to seeing you at orientation!

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