The University of Tennessee

527 Andy Holt Tower, Knoxville, TN

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The University of Tennessee (UT) is considered a "research-intensive" institution of higher learning that promotes excellent education, research and public service.  The university co-manages the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Department of Energy's largest science and Energy lab.

UT was ranked 47th among public universities in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. The University of Tennessee's nuclear engineering, social work, and supply chain management and logistics programs rank particularly high.

UT offers more than 300 academic degree programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.  It is situation on a large, 560-acre campus that is known for its green spaces, nearby lakes and views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The UT brings many research dollars to the state of Tennessee and prides itself on sharing the collective expertise, creativity and cutting-edge research of its faculty and student body with the local communities.


The University of Tennessee was founded in Knoxville in 1794 as Blount College, two years before Tennessee became a state.  The school changed names a few times, becoming the University of Tennessee in 1879.  Initially an all-male college, the first women were admitted as students in 1892.  The university had to close during the Civil War, and its buildings were used by the Confederate army, and later the Union army.  It reopened after the war, becoming a federal land-grant institution.  The UT has continued to grow since then, expanding its program offerings through the years.


The University of Tennessee is rich with traditions, and the two most notable traditions are worth mentioning.  The school colors of orange and white, chosen for the orange and white daisies that grew on campus.  Part of the original campus is known as "The Hill," the rising bank above the north short of the Tennessee River, on which Ayres Hall stands.  Ayres Hall was built in 1919.


The University of Tennessee's academic calendar follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summers semesters, and a shorter "mini-term" that runs from early May until early June.

Colleges and Schools

  • Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Design
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Communication and Information
  • Education, Health, and Human Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Graduate School
  • Law
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Space Institute
  • Veterinary Medicine

The University of Tennessee also has institutes of Agriculture, Public Service and Space.

Student Life

The University of Tennessee offers many programs and resources to its students, including undergraduate advising, outreach and continuing education, honors programs, distinguished fellowship programs, a student success center, a teaching and learning center, and more.

The UT Knoxville campus offers 12 residential housing options for students.  There are also many dining options on campus.

Students at UT have more than 300 student clubs and organizations to choose from, including service groups, academic clubs, and professional organizations, those focused on politics, religion, sports or other interests.

Fraternities and Sororities

There are more than 26 fraternities and 17 sororities available at the University of Tennessee.  The Dean of Students Office has more information about how to become involved.


The UT athletics division has 20 men's and women's varsity teams that compete in intercollegiate sports.  The "Vols" and "Lady Vols" have won many athletics championships.  The "Vols" sports teams include:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

The Knoxville campus is the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee system, which also includes the Chattanooga and Martin campuses, and the UT Health Science Center in Memphis.

Community Life

The University of Tennessee prides itself on being an economic driver in the state.  Its co-management, with Battelle Memorial Institute, of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is one of its key contributions to and collaborations with the local communities.  Additionally, UT has a top campus environmental effort called "Make Orange Green" that is honored across the state.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give an overview of the students The University of Tennessee accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at The University of Tennessee is about 28,000, where graduate students make up roughly 17% of the student body.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $20,000. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $50 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • In-State Tuition: $10,000-$12,000
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $28,000-$34,060
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $360-$430 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $1,100-$1,300 per credit unit
  • Room and board is estimated to cost around $12,000

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid94%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships90%$9,064
Receiving Student Loans44%$6,436

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, The University of Tennessee may provide services to students including:

  • Online classes
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of The University of Tennessee is around 68%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years37%
Graduating in 5 Years25%
Graduating in 6 Years5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) & Supervisory CPE Program
  • Art and Design Program
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dietetics Program
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
  • School Psychology (Ph.D.) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
  • Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

The University of Tennessee is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Southeastern Conference)
  • Basketball (Southeastern Conference)
  • Track and Field (Southeastern Conference)
  • Football (Southeastern Conference)
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Library Science

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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