Change of Major and External Transfer Students FAQs

What are my chances for admission into the College of Nursing?

Admission to the College of Nursing is highly competitive. The number and the quality of the applicants will determine the competitiveness of the applicant pool. Historically, students who have built a solid science foundation, who demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly, who have an understanding of professional nursing practice, and who have excelled in the prerequisite coursework have had the highest probability of earning admission.

What factors are considered in the change of major and transfer application review process?

The college utilizes a holistic application review through the Faculty Admissions Committee. The committee seeks to enroll students who, beyond meeting the university’s eligibility requirements, demonstrate high academic achievement, evidence of integrity and personal maturity, and significant school and community involvement and leadership activities, and who represent a broad diversity of cultural, racial, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Change of major and transfer students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 to apply to the College of Nursing.

Are preferences given to any population in the admissions process?

Current UT Knoxville students applying to change their major to nursing are given priority for open seats in the junior upper-division courses. After internal applicant admissions are made, the Faculty Admissions Committee reviews applications from external transfer students for any remaining open seats in the program. There is no guarantee for any specific number of seats during any application cycle. It is possible that all seats could be filled and no seats would be available for any change of major/transfer student applicants in a given application year.

Does the College of Nursing require the TEAS test?

No, the College of Nursing does not require this test as part of our admissions process.

Is there a waitlist for change of major and transfer student applications?

Yes, students will be notified by email if placed on the waitlist. Waitlists are reviewed by the Faculty Admission Committee in early June based on the number of open seats available in the program.

Can I schedule an individual meeting with an advisor in the College of Nursing Student Services Office to discuss my application?

Generally, walk-in advising sessions for change of major and transfer students are available the first five days of each semester to answer questions about the program. Applicants are also encouraged to attend a Change of Major/Transfer Student Information Session to learn about the College of Nursing and the competitive admissions process.