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-sixth 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 2012 freshman class having an average ACT score of twenty-seven and more than forty 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. This past year saw the opening of the $37.5 million Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building and an $18.6 million Student Health Building. In 2013, the new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center and the John Tickle Engineering Building will be open to offer even more opportunity for strengthening our academic programs. Work is now underway on a new $160 million student union, the largest single project in the university’s history.
New sorority houses, adjacent to campus, are now open and more are being built. The houses are part the new Sorority Village development on Morgan Hill. A new residence hall is also under construction.
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-sixth among all public universities for 2013.
Our College of Business Administration undergraduate business program is ranked twenty-seventh in the nation among public institutions, and the undergraduate supply chain management and logistics program is fifth among all public universities. The College of Engineering’s overall undergraduate program ranks thirty-sixth among all public universities.
Several of UT’s graduate and professional programs in art, business, and engineering rank among the top ten public universities in this year’s U.S. News & World Report. The most recent rankings include: The School of Art’s graduate printmaking is third among all universities in the nation; the College of Business Administration’s supply chain management and logistics program is ninth among all universities; the College of Engineering’s nuclear engineering graduate program is ninth place nationally; the College of Law’s clinical training program is eleventh place nationally; the School of Information Science’s graduate program was seventeenth in the nation in 2009; and the College of Social Work’s graduate program was fifteenth among public universities in 2008.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine lists UT as “one of the best values among public colleges,” in its 2012 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.
The National Endowment for the Humanities ranks UT eighth in the nation for fellowship awards since 2005. We share the spot with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the University of Chicago; the University of Virginia; the University of California, Irvine; and Vanderbilt University.
Forbes magazine listed UT in its 2012 edition of “America's Best Colleges” based on the quality of education and student experiences and achievements and consistently ranks UT’s full-time MBA program as one of the best in the country.
UT Libraries is ranked twenty-fifth among public research universities in the US by the Association of Research Libraries.
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.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 | 865-974-1000
The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System