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UT is ranked 46th among all public universities in the nation.

US News and World Report 2017

Two students in our College of Architecture and Design won Gensler Scholarships, as well as internships, with the global architecture, design, and planning firm.

Gensler 2017

The Aerospace Engineering program in the Tickle College of Engineering is ranked 25th among public universities.

US News and World Report 2018

More than 75% of our graduates are employed or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation.

Center for Career Development 2016

Two professors earned a national design award for their work with students and community members on a community farm education center.

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture 2017

For the ninth consecutive semester, UT student-athletes combined to post a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

UT Athletics 2017

Our employee wellness program received gold status from the East Tennessee Wellness Roundtable, which recognizes work site excellence.

East Tennessee Wellness Roundtable 2017

UT is ranked 49th in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of the Top 100 Best College Values.

Kiplinger 2017

UT is ranked 31st among all public universities and 66th in the nation in the best colleges for veterans.

US News and World Report 2017

Our home cityKnoxville, Tennessee—is ranked number 61 in the best 100 places to live in the US.

US News and World Report 2017

UT is listed in The Best 381 Colleges and in Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.

Princeton Review 2017

The UT College of Law is ranked among the top 20 best value law schools in the nation.

National Jurist magazine 2016

Biosystems Engineering, a collaboration between the Tickle College of Engineering and the UT Institute of Agriculture, ranks 21st among public universities.

US News and World Report 2018

The UT cheerleaders, dance team, and mascot all placed in the top 10 in their divisions during the Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dance Association College National Championships.

Universal Cheerleaders Association 2017

UT is 1 of 12 universities nationwide with its own professional theatre in the League of Resident Theatres, and the Clarence Brown Theatre Company is fully integrated into the Department of Theatre’s curriculum.

Department of Theatre 2017

Our College of Law’s Clinical Training program ranks 11th among public institutions.

US News and World Report 2017

Our College of Law is ranked 31st among public institutions.

US News and World Report 2018

The Computer Engineering program in the Tickle College of Engineering is ranked 28th among public universities.

US News and World Report 2018

Construction projects at the Tickle Engineering Building, the Engineering Quad, the Strong Hall Science Laboratory Facility, and Stokely Residence Hall were named examples of best designs among colleges and universities.

American School and University magazine 2016

The Design/Build program in our College of Architecture and Design was named 1 of the top 7 in the country.

Study Architecture 2016

Our Dairy Products Evaluation Team won first place in a national contest, and our students claimed the top awards for undergraduates and for graduate students.

Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest 2017

More than 43,000 donors and philanthropic investors supported UT in fiscal year 2016, an increase of over 10,000 donors in the past three years.

Alumni Affairs and Development 2016

The Haslam College of Business is ranked as the fastest-growing public institution in the US for executive education programs.

The Financial Times 2017

Among UT undergraduates, 89% receive financial aid or scholarships and 48% graduate debt free.

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships 2017

UT placed 2nd among 79 schools competing for recycling totals in the national GameDay Recycling Challenge.

Office of Sustainability 2016

Less than a year after she graduated, a UT alumna was named to the Gates Cambridge Scholars program to continue the Alzheimer’s disease research she began as an undergraduate.

Gates Cambridge 2017

Goldwater Scholarships were awarded to 3 students whose research interests span neuroscience, mental health, mathematics, and chemical, biomolecular, and electrical engineering.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation 2017

The David T. Bailey Graduate School of Education in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences ranks 47th among all public universities.

US News and World Report 2018

In 2015-16, 518 graduate students were awarded $249,310 to conduct research or attend conferences through the SGA travel fund.

Division of Student Life 2016

The Haslam College of Business’ graduate program in supply chain management is ranked 2nd in the nation.


UT is listed in the Guide to 361 Green Colleges.

Princeton Review 2017

The Haslam College of Business graduate program is ranked 29th among public universities.

US News and World Report 2018

The Haslam College of Business undergraduate program is ranked 13th in the nation among public universities.

Poets&Quants 2016

The UT Research Foundation paid $1.2 million to UT inventors over the past year.

Office of the System President 2016

More than 600 employers attend UT job fairs each year.

Center for Career Development 2016

The largest attendance at an American football game was when 130,045 fans watched the Vols defeat Virginia Tech 45-24 at the Battle at Bristol on September 10, 2016.

Guiness World Records 2016

UT Law students performed 6,905 hours of pro bono service for charitable and nonprofit organizations over the 2016-17 year.

College of Law 2016

The UT Libraries is 1 of only 8 libraries in the US and Canada to receive the annual John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award.

American Library Association 2017

We offer 24 Living and Learning Communities through our residence halls, engaging more than 15 percent of on-campus residents.

University Housing 2017

UT was named a military friendly school.

Victory Media 2016

A team led by UT researchers is 1 of 5 selected by NASA as part of an overall investment of nearly $50 million to lead the next aviation revolution.

College of Engineering 2017

UT has won 23 team national championships all time including: women’s basketball, football, track and field, and swimming and diving.

UT Athletics 2016

Our associate vice chancellor for research received the National Role Model Administrator Award in Higher Education for his work with campus diversity and research among underserved populations.

Minority Access Inc. 2016

UT has invested $1 billion in the last 4 years to renovate and build new facilities and beautify campus.

Facilities Services 2017

Two of our alumni have won the Nobel Prize in their field: one for economic science and one for medicine.

Nobel Prize 2016

The American Nuclear Society awarded 11 scholarships to our students, a record number for the Department of Nuclear Engineering.

American Nuclear Society 2017

Three of our students were selected for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Graduate Fellowship Program, one of the most exclusive paths afforded to budding nuclear engineers.

National Nuclear Security Administration 2017

The College of Nursing graduate program is ranked 30th among all public universities.

US News and World Report 2018

One of the nation’s oldest collegiate band programs, UT’s Pride of the Southland Band has represented Tennessee in 15 presidential inaugurations dating back to 1965.

School of Music 2016

Eight Pulitzer Prize winning writers have connections to UT. Their work includes public service, reporting, play writing, novel writing, scientific research, and history.

Pulitizer Prize 2016

Our School of Architecture in the College of Architecture and Design is ranked 10th among public universities in the US.

Design Futures Council 2017

Our School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information is ranked 17th in the nation among all public and private universities.

US News and World Report 2017

UT teams have won a total of 195 SEC championship titles.

Southeastern Conference 2017

Our College of Social Work master’s degree program is ranked 50th in the nation.

College Choice 2017

99 Division of Student Life staff are members of professional organizations.

Division of Student Life 2016

Since 2011, 25 new startup companies based on UT technology have been established in Tennessee.

Office of the System President 2016

In 2016-17, a total of 5,503 students logged 70,614 service hours in 17 community engagement programs.

Division of Student Life 2017

71% of all departments at UT feature at least 1 sustainability course offering.

Office of Sustainability 2017

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture’s curator of education received the Emerging Museum Professional Award.

Tennessee Association of Museums 2017

Over the past year, UT Research Foundation-based companies raised $54 million in outside venture-type capital in Tennessee.

Office of the System President 2016

Our Department of Theatre’s Master of Fine Arts program is ranked 20th among the 25 best drama schools for an acting degree.

Hollywood Reporter 2017

The Tickle College of Engineering graduate program is ranked 33rd among public universities.

US News and World Report 2018

UT is ranked number one in the nation on the EPA’s list of the largest green power users among higher education institutions within its Green Power Partnership.

US Environmental Protection Agency 2017

Over 97 percent of UT graduates teaching in Tennessee public schools in 2014–15 earned a rating of 3 or higher out of 5 on the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model.

Teacher Preparation Report Card 2016

UT is home to a state-of-the-art laboratory for tree-ring research and the second largest library on dendrochronology in the world.

Department of Geography 2017

An alumnus from our Department of Philosophy was named a highly commended entrant by the Undergraduate Awards program, which recognizes original work across the sciences, humanities, business, and creative arts.

Undergraduate Awards 2016

The undergraduate Supply Chain Management Program in the Haslam College of Business is ranked 2nd among all public universities and 3rd in the nation.

US News and World Report 2017

The chancellor of the UT Institute of Agriculture received the Southern Extension Service Award for Excellence in Leadership.

Association of Southern Region Extension Directors 2017

Our students are from all 95 Tennessee counties, all 50 states, and 100+ countries.

Office of Enrollment Management 2016

WUOT, our public radio station, won 2 Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards and 2 first-place Golden Press Awards for new series creation, writing excellence, best news anchor, and best public affairs programming.

Office of Communications and Marketing 2017

WUTK 90.3 The Rock, UT’s nonprofit, student-run radio station, ranks 6th in the Top 10 College Campus Radio Stations.

Value Colleges 2016