(WBIR, Knoxville) - The University of Tennessee is set to welcome its biggest freshman class in almost a decade next week when classes begin on Wednesday.
University officials say the freshman class is about 100 students larger this year with more than 4,300 students.
Their average ACT score is a 27, and the average GPA is 3.86.
The freshman class is 19 percent minority with more international students.
Besides a bigger freshman class, UT is also welcoming about 200 more transfer students this year.
Officials attribute that growth to an improving graduation rate.
"One of our big initiatives is to be graduating students in four years. So as students get here on campus they are already in their track preparing to graduate quickly. So since we are graduating students in that four year period, we are also bringing in more students to help fill those gaps and working toward an overall enrollment around 21,000 students," said Director of Admissions Kari Alldredge.
Students will start moving into dorms this Saturday.