The Summer Institute began in 2001 as a collaboration between Project GRAD, Knoxville and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This pre-college program is administered out of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences under the direction of Dean Bob Rider.
The University of Tennessee Project GRAD Summer Institute is designed to provide a unique opportunity for students to participate and gain experience in an academic setting. Students are exposed to the academic expectations of college and the personal dimensions needed to succeed as a college student. The Summer Institute also helps students think critically about college as a viable possibility.