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

Pregame Showcase Kicks Off September 12 in McClung Museum

It's football time in Tennessee and the kickoff of another game day tradition: the Pregame Showcase. Football fans are invited to hear from some of UT's exceptional faculty during the twenty-sixth annual College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Showcase, which begins Saturday, September 12.


Clarence Brown Theatre Announces Pay What You Wish Pricing

In an effort to make live theater available to all, the Clarence Brown Theatre has implemented "Pay What You Wish" pricing for the first Wednesday Preview during the upcoming season. The first performance will be September 9 for The 39 Steps


Partnerships That Make a Difference: Rural Libraries Professionals Program

UT's Information Technology Rural Librarian Master's Scholarship Programs (ITRL and ITRL2) recruit and train rural library professionals working in the Southern and Central Appalachian regions. Participating students earn their master's degree through the School of Information Sciences synchronous distance education program.


College of Nursing Receives $2 Million Grant to Support Nurses in Appalachia

The College of Nursing has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to improve clinical education for family nurse practitioner students.


Recovery Group Available on Campus

Rocky Top Recovery Group is a new addiction recovery resource for the campus community. The group is for students, faculty, and staff who are in recovery, those thinking about recovery, or those who are allies of those in recovery. The first meeting is at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, at the Wesley Hous


College of Law to Host Admissions Workshop, Recruitment Fair September 9

Potential law school applicants in East Tennessee are invited to attend a law school admissions workshop and recruitment fair on Wednesday, September 9, at UT's College of Law.


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