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The Involve program is a collaboration with Undergraduate Admissions and the Academic Success Center; summer 2020 marks the third year of this pilot program. Involve gives a select group of students the opportunity to take courses during summer second session. This summer, the program will be provided in an online format, with online classes and virtual academic and social engagement opportunities. After meeting program requirements, these students enroll as fully admitted freshman students in the fall semester.

For students attending this summer, please review the Involve Program Technology Checklist prior to the start of summer courses.

Students who are eligible for this program are invited by Undergraduate Admissions. Student participants are first-time, first-year freshmen. They represent both public and private, large and small, in-state and out-of-state high school backgrounds. These students come from high schools with strong academic programs and have attained competitive ACT scores. Approximately 30 students will take part in the program.

Students will develop a connection with an Academic Coach through required coaching meetings throughout the summer, fall, and spring of students’ first year. They will also have tutoring and writing help available during the summer session and beyond.

Involve students will take part in a variety of virtual social events throughout the program with the aim of developing connections with each other and other groups on campus. They will learn about what it means to be a Volunteer and how to become an active part of the University of Tennessee community.

Completion of 7 credit hours with a 2.3 GPA or better during summer second session in order to continue enrollment into fall 2020. Additionally, participation in academic coaching and social events are required parts of the program.

Involve will take place July 6th – August 7th, 2020

Involve students earn seven hours of college credit by taking three courses: English 101, Psychology 110, and First Year Studies 101. If students bring course credit through IB, AP or Dual Enrollment, they will work with coordinators to determine appropriate summer courses. This program gives students the opportunity to learn about resources on campus and develop social connections on campus.

Tuition and fees for seven hours of coursework costs  approximately $3,311 for in-state tuition and $8,715 for out of state tuition.

Involve students must complete Phase I of Orientation, Virtual Advising, prior to July 6th. Please be sure to participate in a Fall 2020 Start Date advising session. During orientation, students will work with their academic advisors to choose their fall classes. Click here for more information about Orientation and Fall Advising.

Questions about programming:

Jessica Osborne

Associate Director, Academic Success Center; 865-974-6641

Stephanie Weathers

Senior Academic Coach, Academic Success Center; P: 865-974-6641


Questions about admissions:

Norma Harrington

Undergraduate Admissions