- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The University of Tennessee in Knoxville says it is welcoming its largest freshman class in at least 30 years.

The university says the class has 4,825 incoming students, marking the sixth consecutive year of freshman growth.

Classes don’t start for another week, but students are starting to return to campus this week. More than 7,100 students will live in residence halls, with the main move-in day starting at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek credits increases in admissions outreach, improvements in academics, student life and campus buildings and grounds for the strong enrollment numbers and the freshman class’s qualifications.

UT says freshmen this year had an average ACT score of 27 and an average high school GPA of 3.89, with 49 percent higher than 4.0. The release said 10 percent of the freshmen are enrolled in UT honors programs.

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