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SOAR Summer Program

SOAR (Summer Opportunity for Academic Recovery) is a program for selected students academically dismissed at the conclusion of their spring semester to allow them to continue enrollment in the summer session. Students who successfully complete SOAR requirements are allowed to continue enrollment in the fall semester if they choose to do so.

While participation in SOAR reinstates you to the university for the summer term, it does not guarantee continuation in your college or specific major. According to the UT Catalog, students dismissed while in the colleges of Engineering, Nursing, or Business can return to UT but not to that college. Successful participation in SOAR does not change these catalog statements; students dismissed while in those colleges must seek alternative programs of study, even if they are successful in SOAR.

SOAR emphasizes presence and engagement leading toward student growth as a learner and a scholar. To participate, students must be in Knoxville during their enrollment in classes; SOAR students cannot enroll in any online courses.

Not all students dismissed at the conclusion of their spring semester are eligible for the SOAR program. SOAR is open to students who have not been previously dismissed. In addition, because it is only open to students who have a realistic chance of returning to Good Standing at the end of the summer session, students with greater than twelve deficiency points are not eligible for SOAR. If SOAR was mentioned as an option in the dismissal letter you received from the Office of the Registrar, you have met the GPA-based selection criteria and are invited to continue your enrollment at UT this summer through the SOAR program.


Although this program offers students a unique opportunity to avoid dismissal and continue enrollment, students should participate in SOAR only if they are able to give full attention to summer coursework. Students who are not fully ready (mentally, emotionally, and financially) to engage in summer coursework put themselves in danger of digging a deeper academic hole for themselves. Because summer term classes are more concentrated (squeezing fifteen weeks of material into five weeks), the pace is brisk and attendance at every class is crucial. While participation in SOAR may sound far more preferable than dismissal, it is exceedingly important that your next semester of enrollment be a successful one; if you are not in a position (mentally, emotionally, financially) to succeed this summer, participation in SOAR could possibly further harm your academic record and lead to greater financial debt.

Check Back For Summer 18 Updates

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For details on tuition and fees for summer, contact One Stop or see the associated web pages. Payment up front prior to the start of classes is expected for summer classes. Contact One Stop for details on deadlines and payment options.

Financial Aid is limited for summer. In addition, if you received financial aid during the school year, you can expect an email notification from One Stop soon regarding the need to file a SAP appeal (Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid) to continue receiving aid for the upcoming year. That email from One Stop is very important, and you should take action on it immediately.

Housing options are available for summer term students who wish to live on campus. Again, please see the links available at for more information.

Minimum levels of success for the summer include a minimum summer term GPA of 2.00, and earned credit in all attempted hours. However, the SOAR program was created to help generate a clear change in your performance (not merely meeting the minimums) with dramatically improved grades, leading to long-range success and graduation.

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