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Your Next Steps Before Orientation

Congratulations on being admitted to the Tickle College of Engineering’s Class of 2022!

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 Shop handles all scholarship and financial questions.


Step Two: Starting January 15, 2018, 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 2018. 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 took the SAT before March 2016 and have an SAT Math score of 570 to 620 or if taken after March 2016 and 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: Review which dual enrollment credits will transfer to UT. Select your state and school to see course equivalent matches. Courses designated as “LD” and “UD” means the course transferred but did not match a specific course at UT.


Step Seven: Starting May 1, complete the pre-orientation steps to learn more about your major and prepare for your first advising appointment. Be sure to bring either a laptop or tablet and a completed general education worksheet with you to orientation.


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


Step Nine: 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 encourage 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 the Engineering Advising Office. Got questions about the Engineering Fundamentals program? Contact Richard Bennett, director of the Enginering Fundamentals Division.

We look forward to seeing you at orientation!

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