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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the benefit of the Engineering Professional Practice Program?

Co-oping is highly encouraged. Work experience is invaluable in many aspects of academic life. First, it aids in the learning process. Seeing firsthand what the student will work on in class helps develop a better sense of the dynamics of what is going on. Second, it helps in developing the student professionally. There are trade secrets that one can learn in the industry that cannot be taught in the classroom. Thirdly, it helps the student evaluate if the career path they have chosen is a good fit or their personality. Engineering the profession and engineering the degree are vastly different. It is also invaluable during the interview process.The student has so much more to bring to the table with real work experience. Lastly, the money helps pay for school. For more information, visit the Engineering Professional Practice website.

Q. What is the Engage Engineering Fundamentals Program?

The Engage Program is an unique freshman engineering program offered at the University of Tennessee. The program is based on team-based activities and projects combined with teaching the basics dynamics and statics. Visit the Engage Program website for more information.

Q. What is the Engage Learning Community?

The Engage Learning Community is one of several parts of the Engage Programs. The learning community consists of a couple of floors reserved especially for engineering students in Morrill Hall. Staying in the same floor, the students in the Engage community become part of a group that is able to help each other during exams, as well as bond as future engineers. Of course, there are also some great reasons to join. The communities have events, such as whitewater rafting, paint ball tournaments and trips to Six Flags in Atlanta.

Q. How do I become a part of the Engage Program?

All freshmen who are admitted into the College of Engineering are automatically in the Engage Program.

Q. Do I have to live in the Engage Learning Community to be a part of the Engage Program?

No. Being a part of the Learning Community in Morrill Hall is voluntary. You will be a part of the Engage Program whether you live there or in any other dorm on campus.

Q. What is the Engineering Honors Program?

The Engineering Honors Program is independent of (but complementary to) the university's Chancellors Honors Program (CHP), and an engineering student may choose to pursue both programs. In addition, the College administers two additional honors programs in cooperation with the National Academy of Engineering, the Grand Challenge Engineer (GCE) program and the Grand Challenge Scholar (GCS) program. For more information, visit the Engineering Honors Program website.

Q. How do I become a part of the Engineering Honors Program?

Admission as a first year student to the EHP/HC is by invitation, which is extended by the Dean's office to students meeting rigorous academic standards in their high school coursework and to all students accepted into the Chancellors Honors Program. Recent entering classes have had an average high school core GPA of above 4.0 and an average composite ACT of 33.

Q. Where can I go to see student evaluations of professors?

The University of Tennessee asks students to evaluate professors at the end of each semester. All updated evaluations of professors can be found on the TN101 Online website.

Q. What is the best meal plan option?

It all depends on how often and when you plan to eat. The Unlimited Plan allows you to eat 3 meals per day every day of the week that a cafeteria is open. The Any Ten Plan gives you 10 meals per week that do not roll over from week to week. Think about how often you plan to eat in the cafeteria, and make your decision. If you will be purchasing snacks often from the convenience stores, you may want to choose a plan with more bonus bucks. Check out UT Dining Services Website

Q. What are Bonus Bucks?

As stated on the UT Dining Serves Website Bonus Bucks are provided as part of your meal membership. Bonus Bucks may be used at all Dining Services restaurants and convenience stores on campus. Bonus Bucks add convenience and variety to the already extensive offerings available with your meal membership. Bonus Bucks can be used to purchase goods at the many convenience stores around campus. For more questions on Bonus Bucks or meal plan in general, visit UT Dining Services Website.

Q. How many hours per week should I plan to attend classes and studying?

If you register for 14 credit hours of classes, you can expect to spend 14 hours per week in class.This does not include time required to spend doing homework and projects. Typically, professors expect students to spend 2 hours of work outside the classroom for every 1 credit hour in the classroom. This will vary depending on the class and time of semester. Students registered for 15 credit hours can expect to spend between 20 and 30 hours per week in class and completing assignments.

Q. How do I know if engineering is right for me?

The engineering fundamentals program that UT offers is designed to provide basic knowledge used by engineers and many other disciplines. If you do decide during your first year that engineering is not for you, many of the courses that you will be taking will count as basic requirements for several other majors. That means that you won't be far behind if you do change majors during or after your first year! Remember, even if you are not sure of what type of engineering to pursue, the principles you'll learn during the first year in Engineering will be carried with you through your entire college career.

Q. How long can I wait to decide which type of Engineering I want to do?

Through the Engineering Fundamentals Program, students are exposed to the various types of Engineering disciplines. This ensures that students are well informed about what a particular type of Engineering may do on a day to day basis. Students are encouraged to investigate the majors we offer and decide on one during their first year. You can learn more about the different engineering majors at the Academic Programs website.

Q. How can I get involved on campus?

UT has over 300 student organizations, a vast Greek community, many academic organizations, and honor societies. There is something for everyone here. Visit the UT Undergraduate Admission website for more information on student life on campus.

Q. How many scholarships are awarded each year in the College of Engineering?

The College of Engineering provides over 500 scholarships, including nearly 150 scholarships to incoming freshman and transfer students, each year. During the 2012-2013 academic year, scholarships totaling more than $700,000 were awarded in the College of Engineering supporting over 500 students. Don't limit your search just to University based financial aid. Many community organizations also offer aid for students. For information on University financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Q. Does UT offer a dual MS/MBA program?

Yes, we do. Visit the MS-MBA website for more information.

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