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UT Conferences Offer High School Counselors a Central Place to Learn About Admissions and Financial Aid

September 04, 2013

KNOXVILLE -- The University of Tennessee’s Conferences for Counselors returns this month for its annual state tour, offering high school guidance counselors a convenient opportunity to gather information their college-bound seniors will need when applying to the UT Chattanooga, Martin or Knoxville campuses.

At a series of stops, admissions representatives from all three campuses will explain the application process, academic program offerings, admissions requirements and financial aid for each campus. This year’s special session will have information on new opportunities for high school students to earn early postsecondary credits through dual credit and dual enrollment.

Increasing the number of Tennesseans with a two-year college degree or better is the focus of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative. Its goal is 55 percent of Tennessee’s workforce with at least a college certificate or degree by 2025.

“The Governor’s Drive to 55 means that we need more high school seniors applying to college and earning college degrees. Our Conferences for Counselors tour is intended to provide an easy way for counselors to get information that helps their students successfully apply,” said Katie High, UT System vice president for academic affairs and student success.

In 2012, more than 350 of Tennessee’s high school guidance counselors attended one of the conference sessions.

UT’s Conferences for Counselors tour begins on Sept. 10 and includes stops in:

  • Nashville, Sept. 10
  • Memphis, Sept. 11
  • Martin, Sept. 12
  • Tri-Cities, Sept. 24
  • Chattanooga, Sept. 25
  • Knoxville, Sept. 26



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