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

Bring Your Favorite Dish to Wild Game Dinner

The UT student chapter of the Wildlife and Fisheries Society is hosting its annual Wild Game Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, February 20, at the Brehm Animal Science Building.


Titus Andronicus Preview Kicks Off CBT Production Run

Is revenge justice? In Williams Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, a victorious general returns home, having already lost many sons in the war, only to find political chaos and the emperor marrying his enemy.


College of Law Offers Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance

As part of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, College of Law students will offer free tax preparation help to members of the community.


Three Upcoming Events Focus on Wellness

Join the Be Well team to get more daily activity, learn about healthy eating hacks, and participate in a community 5K to benefit TNT Leukemia Lymphoma Society and local ROTC programs next week.


Baker Donelson Partner Bruce McMullen to Speak at UT Law’s Blackshear Gala

Bruce McMullen, partner in the Memphis office of Baker Donelson, will deliver the keynote address at the sixteenth annual Julian Blackshear Jr. Scholarship Gala.


McClung Museum Hosts Free Family Programs in February

Families are invited to enjoy free programming throughout the month of February at McClung Museum. Activities to highlight love around the world for Valentine's Day and celebrate the work of an African American sculptor during Black History Month are planned.


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