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

Destination Imagination Global Finals to Bring 17,000 People to Campus

The Destination Imagination Global Finals return to campus next week. This is the sixteenth year the event will be held in Knoxville.


McClung Exhibition Highlighting Dinosaurs to Open June 4

A new exhibit at the McClung Museum explores the evolution of current theories about dinosaurs.


Campus Construction Projects Pick up Speed This Summer

With spring commencement ceremonies wrapped up, the campus is gearing up for a summer full of campus construction and beautification projects.


UT to Co-Host Appalachian Historians Conference May 22-24

The history, agriculture, and legacy surrounding Appalachia will be the subject of a conference co-hosted by UT May 22-24.


Section of Volunteer Boulevard to Completely Close for the Summer

A section of Volunteer Boulevard between UT Drive and Pat Head Summitt Street will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic this summer for the first phase of a new project to remake the street into a more pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare.


McClung Museum to Host ‘Geology Rocks!’ Stroller Tour May 23

Families and the public are invited to join the McClung Museum from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 23, for a "Geology Rocks!" Stroller Tour.


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