Community

We strive to fulfill our mission as a land-grant university by serving the citizens of our community and state—and increasingly, our nation and world. Our efforts extend beyond the campus and into our community through many partnerships, ranging from an annual statewide high school science and humanities symposium to scholarship programs to recruit and retain students from underserved populations.

In the Knoxville community, faculty and graduate students in sports psychology help local girls develop good exercise habits and healthy self-images; our College of Law performs pro bono work for underserved clients; and our Veterinary Social Work program supports pet owners during care for their animals.

In the US, UT strives to help combat hunger, homelessness, natural disaster destruction, and poverty from Appalachia, through the South, to the Great Lakes, and Washington, DC.

Our students also take part in community improvement projects around the world including medical missions in Guatemala, farming and gardening sustainability in Uganda and Jamaica, and potable water system creation in Peru.

Students also lead the way in giving back to the community by volunteering with organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics of Greater Knoxville, the Knox County Read With Me children’s literacy program, the Ronald McDonald House, and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

But our interaction with the community does not simply flow outward; members of the public have free access to many of UT’s cultural and academic resources, including the Frank H. McClung Museum, the UT Gardens, music recitals, and public lectures.

For academic year 2013-14, the Center for Business and Economic Research estimates that UT generated $1,597 million in income for the state and created 32,922 jobs, accounting for payroll, non-payroll, and student and campus visitor spending. The university’s partnership with Battelle Memorial Institute to manage Oak Ridge National Laboratory continues to attract leading researchers to Tennessee.

UT contributes to every aspect of life, and we continue to move forward in our mission to be the preeminent public research university linking the people of Tennessee to the community, the nation, and the world.

Community News

Piano-Percussion Quartet to Perform March 31

A piano-percussion quartet that champions modern chamber music will perform Tuesday, March 31.


Final Humanities Center Lecture Focuses on the Digital Future of Libraries

Robert Darnton, the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and librarian at Harvard University, will wrap up the Humanities Center Distinguished Lecture Series at on Wednesday, April 1, speaking about the future of books and libraries in today's digital world.


Family Fun: Egg Hunts Happening on Campus

Two Easter egg hunts are happening on campus soon, and make for great springtime outings for UT families.


Big Green Friday Puts a Twist on Tradition

Putting a green twist on the university tradition of Big Orange Friday, the first ever Big Green Friday on Friday, March 27, will celebrate UT's sustainability achievements and showcase the campus community's green pride.


Holocaust Survivor Henry A. Fribourg to Speak on March 28

Holocaust survivor Henry A. Fribourg will speak at UT on Saturday, March 28.


College of Architecture and Design to Host Spring Open House April 11

The College of Architecture and Design will host an open house on Saturday, April 11.


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