The UT LEAD Summer Institute (UTLSI) is now preparing for its eighth year. It is a five-week, fully paid program for a select group of incoming freshmen.
UTLSI participants are underrepresented students form UT’s designated “Promise Schools” who are recipients of the Tennessee Pledge and Promise Scholarships, First Generation Students, and students with a math ACT score below 25.
UTLSI currently enrolls about forty students. Despite personal and cultural challenges that may complicate the transition to college, Summer Institute students maintain a retention rate similar to the overall retention rate for freshmen.