Founded in 1794, we’re big on tradition and proud of our humble beginnings as the first public university chartered west of the Appalachian Divide. We serve the state by educating its citizens, enhancing the culture, and making a difference in people’s lives through research and service.
U.S. News & World Report ranks UT forty-seventh among all public universities in the nation. By attracting the best and brightest students and leading faculty, we’re on track to join our peers in the nation’s Top 25. An aggressive roadmap guides our journey. We’re improving undergraduate and graduate education, research, support for faculty and staff, our campus infrastructure, and our resources.
With more than 27,000 students and 10,000 faculty and staff, we power the state’s economy and fuel innovations that yield ideas and solutions that improve people’s lives and our society.
Our faculty are renowned scholars in their disciplines and committed teachers who serve through the university’s nine undergraduate colleges and eleven graduate and professional programs.
With more than 300 degree programs, we prepare and empower leaders in just about every profession. Our engineering, business, education, law, and social work programs consistently rank among the Top 50 in the nation among public universities, at the undergraduate or graduate level. UT is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.
Consistently cited as a “best buy” and great value, we’re committed to access and affordability. A wide range of scholarships help to open doors for many qualified students to become Volunteers. The number of students who study abroad has soared during recent years with the rise in new scholarships, internships, and service learning opportunities around the world.
We are committed to ensuring our campus is a welcoming environment where people are open to learning from one another. We celebrate our differences and the opportunities they create through experiences with people who have different beliefs and come from other places, cultures, and backgrounds. Diversity means more to our campus community than race and ethnicity; it’s about moving beyond just tolerance to a place of understanding about political views, religion, gender identity, values, age, abilities, and sexual orientation, among other differences.
We are proud of our students and committed to their success by providing comprehensive academic support and programs that engage them in campus life. Each new freshman class demonstrates our ever-increasing academic quality, with the 2013 freshman class boasting an average ACT score of twenty-seven and about forty-six percent graduating high school with a 4.0 or higher GPA.
A quick drive through our 560-acre campus illustrates our momentum in enhancing our academic and student life facilities. We opened the $40 million Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, home of the university’s School of Music and serving more than 350 students, and the $23.2 million John D. Tickle Engineering Building, which houses the departments of civil and environmental engineering and industrial and systems engineering. Work also continues on the new student union, the largest single project in the university’s history.
New sorority houses, adjacent to campus, are part of the Sorority Village development on Morgan Hill. The Fred D. Brown Residence Hall hall is also under construction and is set to open next summer.
Our campus master plan guides our vision, which includes a more pedestrian-friendly campus with more green space and the addition of significant classroom and laboratory space in the next decade.
Our undergraduate and graduate students have unprecedented opportunities for hands-on work and research through our partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research provides opportunities for graduate students in energy-related science and engineering and puts the university front and center in training the country’s scientists to take on the world’s most challenging energy problems. The partnerships enhance the state’s role as a growing hub for research in critical challenges that include alternative energy, national security, and the creation of new materials. The new UT Humanities Center is broadening research opportunities in the disciplines through a fellows program modeled after the National Humanities Center.
U.S. News and World Report ranks UT forty-seventh among all public universities for 2013.
The School of Art’s printmaking program is ranked third among all public and private schools by U.S. News and World report. Our College of Business Administration undergraduate business program ranks 27th among public universities. The business program’s undergraduate supply chain management and logistics specialty is ranked sixth in the nation. The College of Engineering’s overall undergraduate program ranks thirty-sixth among all public universities.
Several of UT’s graduate and professional programs are among the top public universities in the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings. They include: the College of Engineering’s nuclear engineering graduate program ranks fifth among public universities; the College of Law’s clinical training program is in seventh place among public universities; the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences’ overall graduate program is ranked thirty-eighth among public institutions; and the Information Science graduate program in the College of Communication and Information is 14th among all public universities.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine calls UT one of the best values among public colleges in its 2013 list based on affordability and academic quality.
The Princeton Review listed UT in its 2013 edition of “The Best 377 Colleges" for its "classic liberal arts core dedicated to helping students find their passions" in an "intellectually enriching environment." The Princeton Review also listed UT in its 2012 edition of "150 Best Value Colleges” for academic quality, affordability, and financial aid.
Forbes magazine listed UT in its 2013 edition of “America's Best Colleges” based on the quality of education and student experiences and achievements.
The 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges rated UT as one of the “best and most interesting schools” in the U.S., Great Britain, and Canada.
UT Knoxville is part of the University of Tennessee System, a statewide institution governed by a 26-member Board of Trustees appointed by the governor of Tennessee. Institutions of the UT system are UT Knoxville, UT Health Science Center in Memphis, UT Chattanooga, UT Martin, UT Space Institute in Tullahoma, UT Institute of Agriculture, and UT Institute for Public Service.
Dr. Jimmy G. Cheek became the seventh chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on Feb. 1, 2009.
Since 1897, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been continuously accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Founded in 1794 in Knoxville as Blount College; became East Tennessee College in 1807, East Tennessee University in 1840, and the University of Tennessee in 1879. A land-grant university since 1869.