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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.

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.