The Ladder of Success: The higher your composite score climbs, the easier it is to get into your college of choice.

If supported by a high GPA and solid resume a composite score of 35 or 36 usually guarantees acceptance to any school across the nation.

With a composite score of 31 or above a student qualifies to apply for the Honors programs at most in-state and out-of-state schools. A 31 also enables the student to apply for the most prestigious scholarships offered. Many out-of-state schools now base selection on a 31 composite score.

To qualify for additional scholarship money, at many area universities or colleges, the student needs a composite score of 27 or above.

The student must have a composite score of 21 or above to be eligible for the Tennessee State Lottery Scholarship, approximately $4,000 per year.

A 19 or above on each of the four subtests allows the student to avoid taking remedial courses at the college level for no credit.

The Hope Scholarship changed the game in Tennessee!

Entering freshmen must have a minimum score of a 21 on the ACT® to qualify for the lottery scholarship, but the University of Tennessee's 2015 incoming freshmen had an average ACT® score of 27. Thousands of Tennessee high school students were turned away this year.

Volunteer Scholarship

The University of Tennessee's new Volunteer Scholarship program recognizes students with an exemplary academic record based on a combination of GPA and test scores. Incoming first-year students with a minimum 3.8 GPA* who apply for admission by December 1 for the fall 2015 semester are eligible. Award amounts are based on the below criteria.

UT ACT Awards Chart

*UT Weighted Core GPA

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