Haslam College of Business Welcomes Its Largest First-Year Class

Fall 2022 newcomers to the college include approximately 1,950 first-time, first-year students and 430 transfers from other institutions.

August 24, 2022

As the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s fall 2022 semester begins, the Haslam College of Business is excited to welcome approximately 2,400 new students, the college’s largest first-year class to date.

That number includes 1,950 first-time, first-year students, a 32.5 percent increase over last year’s record-setting cohort. In addition, the college’s fall 2022 transfer class of 430 students represents a nearly 23 percent increase over 2021. The incoming cohort includes 810 first-year students from the state of Tennessee. Forty U.S. states and eight other countries are also represented, according to Brian Francis, assistant director of undergraduate programs for the college.

“We are very excited about the out-of-state attention our undergraduate academic experience is receiving, which is leading to the geographic diversity of our incoming class,” said Lane Morris, the college’s associate dean of undergraduate studies and student affairs and Fisher Professor of Innovative Learning. “Diversity of every kind is valued and welcomed here and leads to a deeper and richer undergraduate academic experience. The Haslam College of Business undergraduate program is a very strong and competitive product that keeps positive student outcomes as a primary objective.”

Grades and Scores on the Rise

The new class brings an impressive academic record, with an average high school core-weighted GPA of 3.93, up slightly from last year’s class. 

To simplify the application process for prospective undergraduate students and their families, the university has made standardized testing (ACT/SAT) optional in recent years. Among the new Haslam students who submitted test results this year, the average ACT score was 27.36 and the average SAT score was 1238, both of which are slightly higher than 2021’s average scores.

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

Note: Numbers included in this article are apt to change slightly until the 14th day of the semester, when admissions figures are considered official by university representatives.


Stacy Estep, writer/publicist, sestep3@utk.edu