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UT Success Academy

What is the UT Success Academy?

Originally designed to maximize Black and Hispanic men’s transition to college, the UT Success Academy enhances the undergraduate experience by creating and supporting access and engagement opportunities for student scholars through an innovative four-year cohort experience focused on empowering each student to discover, connect, and lead through their strengths.

Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or in any way be subjected to, discrimination in any program or activity of the University. Participation in the UT Success Academy is open to anybody, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender, if they are capable of facilitating the achievement of the program’s objectives.

Discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status is prohibited.

Any person having a question regarding laws and regulations, or who feels discriminated against, is encouraged to contact UT’s Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37996, (865) 974-2498, or

Fall 2023 Application Extended! New Deadline – May 15, 2023

  1. Log into your Go Vols portal to apply for the UT Success Academy for fall 2023.
  2. Visit the “Just for You” tab to find the application.
  3. Be on the lookout in your email to receive an update regarding your status and the next steps in accepting your admittance to UTSA!

Important Dates:

  • UT Application Deadline: December 15
  • UTSA First-Round Decisions Made (Applied 9/1-11/15): December 15
  • FAFSA Priority Filing Date: February 1
  • UTSA Second-Round Decisions Made (Applied 11/16-12/15): February 15
  • UTSA Third-Round Decisions Made (Applied 12/16-2/15): March 24
  • UTSA Application Deadline: April 26
  • UTSA Final Decisions Made (2/16-4/26): April 28
  • UT Confirmation Deadline: May 1
  • New UTSA Application Deadline: May 15
  • Fall Kick Off (Early Move-In): August 13-19

Who can participate?

Application Criteria:

  • All first-year students admitted to UT are invited to participate in this program
  • Complete program application
  • Committed to academic and leadership excellence and the pillars of the UT Success Academy

Why participate?

Program Benefits

  • Customized four-year curriculum with individual success plans to help student scholars achieve their academic dreams
  • Guaranteed $2,000 scholarship for up to four years, pending successful completion of program requirements
  • Each year, up to 25 student scholars will receive a paid education abroad trip
  • Monthly Link Up events to engage the UT and Knoxville community
  • Upper division peer coaching of first-year student scholars

What is required?

Program Curriculum & Requirements

Click here to view detailed program curriculum and requirements.

Fall Kick-Off Institute: TBD All-Paid Education Abroad Scholarship Renewal Requirements
Student scholars will move into the residence halls three days early and participate in customized pre-orientation program. After year two, 25 UTSA student scholars will be awarded a fully funded education abroad trip to understand leadership philosophy in a global setting and explore cultures, life experiences, and worldviews through service learning and cultural immersion activities Maintain 2.50 GPA Program and Curriculum Participation
First Year: Understand your Strengths Second Year: Build Your Strengths Third & Fourth Years: Stretch Your Strengths
Student scholars will take a UTSA-focused first-year seminar course and receive peer coaching. Student scholars will complete a weekly one-credit-hour seminar, tour industries to expand their career and networking opportunities, and utilize the services of the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration Student scholars will further develop their strengths through pathway programs like peer coaching, careers, service learning and civic engagement, research, and more!

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The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), ADEA (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to UT’s Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37996, (865) 974-2498, or