The Class of 2018

Nearly 4,700 freshmen—the largest first-year class in at least thirty years—began classes at UT in August.

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek said enrolling 400 more first-year students than last year is a concerted effort to maintain undergraduate enrollment at 21,500. As UT increases its four-year graduation rate, it has the capacity to accept larger first-year classes.

“We are pleased to welcome the Class of 2018,” Cheek said. “It’s great to see all of these new students on our campus; the excitement and energy they bring to campus is contagious.”

Here’s a look at our new Vols.



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Linda Wilbanks Morgan September 16, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Great that the new students have high GPA’s. BUT, as a Georgia resident where the Hope has existed for many years, I will tell you that the playing field is NOT equal. Many public high schools are very good–many students in less challenging high schools have inflated grades. This has been a problem in Georgia where a number of students from less challenging schools cannot do the work and fail to retain the Hope. Our three Tennessee grandchildren who have UT grad parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, may need to go elsewhere until there are openings in the upper classes!! –GA ‘MEME’

Bradley Ternes September 17, 2014 - 8:54 pm

Interesting numbers. The one that caught my eye and one that I noticed while attending the University of Tennessee was the large percentage of students from within the state of Tennessee. I am one of them, but would have thought there would be more diversification in regards to students’ home states.


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