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.

UT generates $1.6 billion in annual income for the state of Tennessee, creates nearly 33,000 jobs, and contributes more than $125 million in tax revenue to the state and local governments, according to a study by our Center for Business and Economic Research.

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

Oh Snap! Take a Fresh Look at Some Iconic Photo Spots on Campus

Whether you’re new to UT or someone who’s been around campus for years, there are some special places where you—or your visitors—must have photos taken. To get a really nice shot, you’ve got to see these iconic places in a new way. It takes some planning and creativity, but the result will be a photo that gives you that orange fuzzy feeling.


Thank You For Being a Hero!

Thank you for making a gift to UT through VOLstarter on "Be a Hero Day."


‘Conversations and Cocktails’ to Tackle Representation of Polygamist Women

Mary Campbell, assistant professor in the School of Art, will discuss research on various aspects of nineteenth-century polygamy during the last "Conversations and Cocktails" talk, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3.


UT Announces Enhanced Thompson-Boling Arena Security Measures for Commencement Ceremonies

The university will begin following standard security protocol for large crowds for all commencement ceremonies scheduled May 12-14 at Thompson-Boling Arena.


UT Gardens and McClung Museum Partner to Grow Prehistoric Native American Plants

UT’s McClung Museum has partnered with UT Gardens to create a garden featuring food plants grown in the Americas thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. The project is the work of Gary Crites, the McClung Museum’s curator of paleoethnobotany; Susan Hamilton, UT Gardens director; James Newburn, UT Gardens assistant director; and Holly Jones, UT Gardens kitchen manager.


Light Way Celebration and Award Ceremony Caps Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee will host an open house from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 28.


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