If you have received official notification from the Graduate Admissions Office that you have been admitted to the Graduate School, congratulations! Now you should begin to prepare for completing admission requirements and enrolling. The following list will assist you.
- Submit Official Transcripts
- Set Up NetID and Password
- Check for EVEA Requirement
- Confirm Financial Resources
- Demonstrate English Proficiency
- ITA Testing Program
- Contact Your Department
- Get Oriented
Submit Official Transcripts
When you applied, you were asked to upload copies of your transcripts into the application. Now that you are admitted, you must have official transcripts sent directly from all previous institutions attended. For institutions outside of the United States, degree certificates are also required (if applicable) as well as translations for documents not in English. If you are currently enrolled in courses but will not complete your degree until a future semester, do not have an updated transcript sent until the degree is awarded. At that time, ask your institution(s) to send an updated transcript which includes your graduation date.
The previous institution(s) must send the documents by mail directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Alternatively, the previous institution(s) may send documents by method of electronic transcript. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, participates with several electronic transcript networks. First, you should confirm with the academic institutions attended if they participate in sending password-protected electronic transcripts through an electronic transcript network. Transcripts sent via electronic networks, as described above, should be sent only to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. This e-mail address is designed for receipt of submitted transcripts. Do not attempt to correspond through this e-mail address. See our contacts page to correspond with our office.
Set Up NetID and Password
In order to get access to MyUTK and other applications and services at UT, you will need to look up your NetID and set a password. The Office of Information Technology can help you with that online, but if you have any questions, contact the OIT Helpdesk.
Check for EVEA Requirement
If you have the Eligibility Verification for Entitlements Act (EVEA) requirement, you will need to submit documentation that proves US Citizenship or lawful presence as required by state law. To find out if you have this requirement, access your MyUTK account with your NetID and password. Check “All Messages” for the EVEA Citizen Verification Required notice. For information on EVEA and how to submit documentation please visit OneStop or contact Abby Sherman in the Office of Graduate Admissions at email@example.com.
Confirmation of Financial Resources
If you are an international student, submit financial information to the Center for International Education (CIE) confirming that you have sufficient funds to cover a full year of expenses at UT.
Demonstrate English Proficiency
If your native language is not English, you may either be required to enroll in an English course or you may be exempt from English, based on your TOEFL or IELTS scores used for admissions. Graduation from a U.S. institution or waiver of the English Proficiency test required for admission does not serve as a waiver for the English Placement requirement. The International Graduate Students section provides more information about this requirement.
ITA Testing Program
All prospective teaching assistants and associates whose native language is not English must take and pass the oral proficiency test, OPIc, before assuming teaching responsibilities. This test is scheduled and administered by the ITA Testing Program. The English Placement requirement does not serve as a waiver for the OPIc.
Contact Your Department
Contact your program’s department for details on advising and registration. Your program will also provide program orientation information.
The Graduate School works with the Graduate Student Senate to develop an orientation for new graduate students, as well as an orientation for new graduate teaching assistants. Check with the Graduate School for dates and times for these orientations. Visit our Graduate Student Life section for information and resources about life as a graduate student at UT.