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Advising

Volunteer Bridge students will have two academic advisors—one at UT and one at PSCC. These advisors talk to each other to ensure students stay on track toward completion of the program and are prepared to pursue the major of their choice.

During the last semester of the Volunteer Bridge Program, UT advisors will help students register for the next semester’s classes at UT.

Students will meet their PSCC advisors at summer orientation, which will be held on the UT and PSCC campuses, if not before. Students beginning the program in second summer session will be contacted regarding summer advising and registration upon accepting their invitation to the program.

Students cannot declare a major at UT while enrolled in the Bridge Program. Majors may be declared upon completion of the program and subsequent enrollment at UT, in accordance with college policies. However, students may declare their major interest(s) to help guide advisors in selecting their first-year courses. Exploratory students will be advised for maximum flexibility in choosing a major later.

Students should also be aware that successful completion of the Volunteer Bridge Program grants admission to UT but not to a particular major or college. Students must apply for admission to the college/major they wish to join upon transferring to UT.

Volunteer Bridge students are not eligible for direct admission programs in nursing and architecture. If a student is invited to join the Volunteer Bridge Program, it means that student was not accepted into the College of Nursing or the College of Architecture & Design upon applying to UT. While it is possible for a student to be accepted into these programs as a sophomore, it is unlikely (particularly in nursing). Other programs, such as the College of Engineering and the Haslam College of Business, have demanding requirements and competitive enrollment that make gaining admission more difficult.

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