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UT surprises early applicants with admissions letters

(WBIR) Some big orange visitors stopped by Farragut High School on Thursday to wrap up a statewide tour featuring exciting surprises for Tennessee students. 

University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek joined Smokey, the UT cheerleaders, school officials, and Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre to hand deliver admissions letters Thursday morning to unsuspecting early applicants from Farragut High School.

The visit also marked the final stop of the Chancellor's Big Orange Bus Tour. Over the past week, the tour visited seven high schools all across the state to surprise students with news that they've been accepted to UT. 

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Thursday's stop included visiting Farragut High School classrooms, the auditorium, and even the gym to deliver the admission letters to 19 Farragut High School students. University officials also used it as a chance to remind other students that UT's priority application and scholarship deadline is November 1. 

One of the students who received an admissions letter said she had been frequently checking her UT account to follow the status of her application, while another said she had applied just last week. 

And of course, the admission letters themselves featured a surprise too - each one played "Rocky Top" when opened up. 


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