VOL Access Collaborative

Category: Features

Tyra Haag

UTK First Day

The new Vol Access Collaborative (VAC) is a pilot program designed to expand admission options to students interested in enrolling at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and increase access to a UTK education. Some students not admitted to UT Knoxville will be offered the opportunity to begin their first year at another UT System campus (Chattanooga, Martin or Southern). After satisfying program requirements during their freshman year, these students may transfer to UT Knoxville to complete their undergraduate study.

The VAC program encourages students to utilize UT’s statewide presence to access an affordable, top-rated, educational experience through the UT System.

Select students not offered first-year admission to UT Knoxville have the opportunity to enroll at another UT System campus if they meet campus-based admission requirements. Program participants are guaranteed transfer admission to UT Knoxville or an alternative UT System undergraduate campus following the successful completion of 24 or more transferable credit hours while earning a 3.0 or higher GPA based on a 4.0 scale. These students must indicate interest by May 1, 2023.

Increasing the number of college graduates benefits our state and the Drive to 55 initiative, which is the drive to get 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025. Each campus is distinctive while unified in its commitment to student experience, discovery and outreach to positively impact communities across the state and beyond. This pilot program framework reflects the efforts and contributions from enrollment and admissions teams across the UT System – a true Be One UT mentality.