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Your Next Steps Before Orientation

Congratulations on being admitted to the Tickle College of Engineering’s Class of 2023!

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


Step One: Pay your enrollment deposit fee so you can sign up for orientation. The One Stop Student Services handles all scholarship and financial questions.



Step Two: Starting February 2019, you can sign up to attend orientation. We encourage you to attend orientation as early as possible this summer. The earlier you come to orientation the more class choices you will have. Remember: sign up only after paying your enrollment deposit.



Step Three: Begin planning for a successful first year of college. Tools for success you need to review prior to orientation are 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 2019. Be sure to read all the instructions.



Step Four: 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 Five: Admitted engineering students with a Math ACT score of 25, 26, or 27 (or students who have an SAT Math score of 590 to 640) will begin with Math 130 Pre-Calculus in the fall and take Engineering Fundamentals in the Spring.

Our Math 130 classes are exclusive to engineering majors. Students at Pre-Calculus level must take the UT Math Placement Exam Level 4 prior to attending orientation. Review the math placement guide.



Step Six: Starting May 1, complete the Engineering Orientation Module to learn more about your major and prepare for your first advising appointment. The forms you need to complete are embedded in the module.  Be sure to bring either a laptop or tablet and your charger to orientation. Be sure to bring your completed forms from the Engineering Orientation Module that will include the AP/IB/Dual Credit worksheetGeneral Education worksheet, and a tentative fall semester schedule.



Step Seven: 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 Eight: Entering freshmen in engineering are required to have a laptop. You may choose any laptop you prefer. If you have already purchased your laptop, we strongly recommend you to bring your laptop to orientation. Students who have not purchased a laptop will have access to a computer lab for orientation.



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

Got questions about the freshman program? Contact Richard Bennett, director of the Engineering Fundamentals Division

We look forward to seeing you at orientation!

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