Throughout the year, events like the Big Orange Tailgate Tour, the Tennessee Apprentice Program, Alumni Summer College, and alumni tours to places like southern France and Antarctica help UT alumni stay linked to their alma mater and each other.
Staying connected is easy to do when UT alumni are present in nearly every career field and many countries around the world. Vols hold leadership positions in companies like PepsiCo North American Foods and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and have served in other prestigious positions, including as deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama and as a justice of the Tennessee State Supreme Court. Alums can be found in Mexico, France, Jordan, Germany, and many other countries.
The shrinking job market has led to an excess of qualified candidates for nearly every open position; now more than ever, personal networking is essential for individuals looking to begin or advance their careers. UT has developed several devices to help alumni connect with fellow alums in their fields, including a job search tool informing alumni about openings listing fellow UT alumni as contacts, and an online database with information about alumni in various career fields; conversely, UT alums looking to hire can use these sites to find any fellow Vols who fit their desired candidate profile. In addition, the Alumni Association offers regional career fairs, industry-specific networking events, and career-counseling services.
To find fellow alumni in your area, keep up to date with the latest reunions and other alumni events, and find out how you can contribute to ensuring future Vols have the best academic and career resources, visit volsconnect.com.
Ongoing private support from a global network of alumni and friends helps to advance our best programs, attract the most talented faculty, and support our brightest students.
More than 75,000 alumni and friends have contributed more than $860 million to the Campaign for Tennessee, the most ambitious fundraising effort in university history. The campaign concluded in 2011 with $1.3 billion dollars raised systemwide.
Our campus has reaped the benefits of additional resources and has strategically invested in our strengths and areas targeted for improvement.
“Private support is vital as UT moves toward our goal of being a Top 25 public research university,” Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek said. “Every gift supports our educational mission and improves the experience for our students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and fans.”
Although the campaign concluded, the momentum continues to make a difference in our goals for faculty endowments and professorships and scholarships. Private support has made the endowed professorships for the Pride of the Southland Band Director and the Doug and Brenda Horne professorships within the College of Business Administration possible, to name just a few. Faculty opportunities such as these help attract and retain world-class faculty.
With less than 30 percent of UT's budget being provided by the state, private gifts allow us to continue to improve and enhance our programs for students. Be a friend of the University of Tennessee and help us better serve our students, alumni, community...and you.
The Princeton Review listed UT among the top seventy-five public colleges and universities in its Best Value Colleges for 2014 publication. The Review also features UT in The Best 379 Colleges, 2015 Edition.
Forbes magazine included UT in its annual “America’s Top Colleges” list in 2014. The list ranks institutions based on the quality of their education, student satisfaction with their experience, and the achievements of students and alumni.
The 2015 Fiske Guide to Colleges rated UT as one of the “best and most interesting schools” in the U.S., Great Britain, and Canada.
U.S. News & World Report ranks us forty-seventh among all public universities for 2014.
The UT Research Foundation was listed among the world’s top universities for producing new US utility patents. (National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association, 2014).
...for scholarships to honor students for academic achievement and eliminate economic barriers for students who dream about attending the state's flagship university.
These funds help create programs such as the Haslam Scholars, the Kline Music Scholars, and the Morris Endowed Honors Scholarship Fund—all important tools in recruiting the world's best undergraduate and graduate students.
The Regal Scholars program makes it possible for all qualified students to be Volunteers by contributing up to $100,000 annually in need-based aid.
Private support has fueled a transformation of our campus, marking several record-setting years of new construction and renovation. Our students are learning in state-of-the-art facilities like the James A. Haslam II Business Building, the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building, and the new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center and John Tickle Engineering Building.
Our student athletes have access to state-of-the-art training and practice facilities including the Anderson Training Center, the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center, and Pratt Pavilion. Volunteer fans now cheer on our teams from new construction venues like Regal Soccer Stadium and venues boasting major renovations including Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena.