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Acceptance Rate 62.39%
Yield (Enrollment Ratio) 28.7%
Applicants 177,209
Admitted 110,555
Enrolled 31,734

Applying To Tennessee Colleges

The average acceptance rate is 62.39% at Tennessee colleges and universities where total 177,209 students have applied and 110,555 have been accepted. The average undergraduate application fees is $60.71 and the graduate application fees is $50.63. Next table presents the general admission information for applying to Tennessee colleges.
General Admission Information of Tennessee Colleges
Open Admission Policy111 out of 172 schools
Average Undergraduate Application Fees$ 60.71
Average Graduate Application Fees$ 50.63
Average Acceptance Rate62.39%
Average Yield (Enrollment Rate)28.7%
Average Test Scores1,123 SAT / 69 ACT

Acceptance Rates and Headcounts

For academic year 2020-2021, total 177,209 students (70,956 men and 106,142 women) applied to and 110,555 (43,068 men and 67,431 women) students were accepted to admit Tennessee Colleges. Among them, 14,037 men and 17,692 women were enrolled into Tennessee schools. The average acceptance rate is 62.39% and admission yield (enrollment rate) is 28.70%. The table below shows the Tennessee colleges admission statistics including admission and enrolment rates.
Admission Statistics for Tennessee Colleges (2020-2021)
TotalMenWomen
Applicants177,20970,956106,142
Admitted110,55543,06867,431
Enrolled31,73414,03717,692
Acceptance Rate 62.39% 60.70% 63.53%
Enrollment Ratio 28.70% 32.59% 26.24%
[Chart]Tennessee Colleges Average Acceptance Rate and Yield

Average SAT and ACT Scores

For Tennessee college, 5,110 students (20.33% of enrolled) have submitted their SAT scores and 26,858 students (83.28%) have submitted their ACT scores for seeking degrees. For score submitters, SAT 75th percentile score is 1,230 and 25th percentile score is 1,016. For ACT scores, 75th percentile score is 79 and 25th percentile score is 60. Next table shows the detail SAT and ACT scores distribution of enrolled students at Tennessee colleges and universities.
SAT and ACT Score Distribution at Tennessee Colleges
25th Percentile75th Percentile
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing511.63616.40
SAT Math504.63613.57
ACT Composite20.4326.00
ACT Math18.8925.09
ACT English20.3727.69
[Chart] SAT/ACT Distribution - Tennessee Colleges
[Chart] Average SAT Scores - Tennessee Colleges
[Chart] Average ACT Scores - Tennessee Colleges

Calendar System and Accepted Credits

In Tennessee State, 67 schools use semester calendar systems and 7 schools are based on quarter system. Next table lists the number of schools with their calendar systems.
Semester67 out of 172 schools
Quarter7 out of 172 schools
Trimester3 out of 172 schools
Four-one-four plan2 out of 172 schools
Other academic year10 out of 172 schools
Differs by program13 out of 172 schools
Continuous64 out of 172 schools
Un-Known/Other6 out of 172 schools
Next table describes credits that Tennessee colleges and universities are accepting for their students
Dual Credits87 out of 172 schools
Credits for Life Experiences76 out of 172 schools
Advanced placement (AP) Credits87 out of 172 schools
Credit for Military Training92 out of 172 schools

Application Requirements

37 Tennessee schools require High School GPA and 35 schools require High School Record (or Transcript). The test scores such as SAT and ACT are required by 33 Tennessee colleges. Next table summarizes the application requirements for applying to Tennessee colleges.
Admission Checklist for Tennessee Colleges
RequiredRecommended
High School GPA371
High School Rank315
High School Record (or Transcript)352
Completion of College Preparatory Program1218
Recommendations1111
Formal Demonstration of Competencies45
Admission Test Scores333
TOEFL285
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)11