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The largest freshman class in decades at the University of Tennessee got their first taste of a college classroom.

Nearly 4,700 freshmen began classes Wednesday on the Knoxville campus, which is 400 more than last year.

Despite the larger class size, the class has a lot of academic achievements to boast: an average ACT score of 27, an average high school GPA of 3.8 or higher, about 43 percent have a high school GPA of 4.0 or higher. Nearly 600 of the freshmen, or about 13 percent of the class, are enrolled in UT honors programs.

Over the next four years, the freshman class will see lots of changes on campus. Already, hundreds of freshman moved into the new Fred Brown Junior Residence Hall, which was built to house larger classes. There is also a new pedestrian bridge that crosses over Phillip Fulmer Way to the University Center, which is under construction. Another big change - Gibbs Hall was recently torn down.

In all, it's back to the books for more than 27,000 students at UT.

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