University of Tennessee

Haslam College of Business Welcomes Record Number of Incoming Students

August 18, 2021

As the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, returns to a fully in-person campus experience for fall 2021, the Haslam College of Business is welcoming its largest incoming class ever. 1,463 first-year students from 39 states and six countries are beginning their post-secondary education at Haslam this semester, while 350 transfer students are joining the college from other institutions. 

Of the first-year students, 51 percent hail from Tennessee and 49 percent are from out of state. The first-year cohort includes 10 international students. The new class brings an impressive academic record, with an average high school GPA of 3.88.

“This year’s entering class has endured many challenges during their junior and senior years of high school, but they have not let that slow them down,” said Brian Francis, assistant director of undergraduate programs for the college. “Not only is this class our largest ever, but in terms of academic performance, they are among the best the Haslam College of Business has ever seen.”

To simplify the application process for prospective undergraduate students and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic, the university made standardized test scores (ACT/SAT) optional for fall 2021. Among the new Haslam students who submitted test results, the average ACT score was 27.2 and average SAT score was 1228. 

Of the incoming class, about 34 percent have declared majors in either finance or marketing. Supply chain management, management and entrepreneurship, and business analytics and statistics majors make up a total of 33 percent of the class, with the remainder of the students majoring in business exploratory, accounting, economics, human resource management or public administration. Most transfer students are initially admitted as business exploratory majors.



Stacy Estep, writer/publicist,