Life @ UT

Getting an education at UT doesn’t start and end with your class schedule.

Along with academics, it's about making lasting friends, learning Big Orange traditions you’ll treasure, discovering your potential for big ideas, and gaining the knowledge and experience to transform those thoughts into actions.

Our campus offers more than 400 active clubs including sororities and fraternities, professional societies, sports, international interests, academics, service, and government.

You can combine your creativity and your classes by writing for the Daily Beacon, showing off your skills on the UT Dance team, running a camera or writing scripts for our student TV station, UTTV, or getting cast in a show with acclaimed alumni at the Clarence Brown Theatre, just to name a few ways.

UT's wide range of residence halls gives you convenient, well outfitted, safe options for living on campus and becoming part of a community. 

When you're hungry, choose from healthy, made-to-order dishes at our food courts, or dine at one of our national brand restaurants, including Subway, Starbucks, Einstein Bagels, and Smoothie King. Our Mug Project and reusable to-go boxes aim to eliminate single-use cups and containers from our dining facilities. All food waste is composted and reused for campus landscaping.

The POWER Challenge is a month-long competition that pits UT residence halls against each other in a battle to see which hall is the greenest. And our student bike rental programs make forsaking your car a great option for commuting between classes.

UT students are known for their Volunteer spirit. The Center for Leadership and Service offers a true Vol experience through alternative break trips and other ongoing service opportunities. Along with a host of outreach programs, there are volunteer opportunities with UT Recycling and Waste Reduction, the Student Success Center, and VolsTeach.

Our state-of-the-art student rec center will get your endorphins going with Olympic-sized indoor and outdoor pools, aerobic, spin, and yoga classes, game courts, personal training, and a wide selection of free weights and exercise machines. The student health center tends to your body and mind.

UT regularly brings renowned guests to campus. Our visitors have included Dolly Parton, Al Gore, financial guru Dave Ramsey, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist John Noble Wilford.

We also play a little Tennessee football…and basketball, softball, and baseball, along with thirteen other sports.

When you step off campus into Knoxville, you’re entering an urban, but cozy, city with diverse music, eclectic foods, boutique shopping, and entertainment. Farmers’ markets sell the freshest local food. Downtown galleries exhibit art by world-famous artists including UT’s talented visionaries. And the Ice Bears draw crowds of hockey fans.

More tourist destinations are next door, including Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Dollywood, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Happening on Campus

02/08/2016 - Physics Colloquium

Disorder and Quasiparticle Interference in High-Tc Superconductors

Peter Hirschfeld

02/09/2016 - Make a Valentine Get Fruved Event

Stop by our table in Hodges from 12-2 pm to make Valentines for a special friend! 


We'll have supplies, give aways, and even fruit you can tattoo cool messages with cool messages!


02/10/2016 - Voterpallooza

Voterpallooza will be an opportunity on February 10, 2016 between 6pm-8pm for students and members of the community to receive information about candidates and voter issues in a fun and informal...

02/10/2016 - Know Better Do Better: College, Racisim, and You!


A speaking engagement with Lawrence Ross, author of Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America's Campuses. The event will be held February...

02/11/2016 - Earth & Planetary Sciences Colloquium

Speaker:  Dr. Alycia Stigall, Ohio University

Title:  "Anatomy of an Ordovician Invasion:  Invasive Species, Biodiversity Loss and Speciation"

02/11/2016 - BCPC Membership Drive

The Black Cultural Programming Committee (BCPC) is a student organization that develops programs and activities to enhance awareness of African-American culture and national issues on campus...

02/12/2016 - University Women's Club

You are cordially invited to attend the University Women's Club monthly speaker/luncheon held 

Friday,  February 12, 2016, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the UT Visitor's Center.


02/12/2016 - Darwin Day Birthday Celebration

Monty, McClung Museum's resident dinosaur, will "host" the celebration of Charles Darwin's birthday on Friday, Feb. 12 from 4-6 p.m. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to...

02/15/2016 - Kevin Class plays Brahms' Complete Chamber Music with piano, Program VII

Faculty and guest artist recital; the 7th and final installment of the Brahms series.

02/16/2016 - #BlackHistoryMatters Spring 2016 Film and Discussion Series

Freedom Riders (2010)

Directed by Stanley Nelson, Jr.

Freedom Riders is the powerful, harrowing, and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that...

02/16/2016 - AIA Lecture: Cave of Remembered Dreams: Recording Cultural Resources in the Cumberland Gap Cave System

The East Tennessee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the McClung Museum present Charles Finney of ORNL lecturing on "Cave of Remembered Dreams: Recording Cultural  Resources...

02/16/2016 - Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is an eclectic group out of New Zealand that originated from the men behind "Flight of the Concords". The orchestra is sure to make you laugh, sing,...

02/18/2016 - Education Equity: Affirmative Action in the Twenty-first Century

A panel discussion on affirmative action sponsored by the American Constitution Society and Black Law Student Association at noon Thursday, February 18, in the College of Law Room 135.

02/18/2016 - Earth & Planetary Sciences Colloquium

Speaker - Dr. Mariek Schmidt, Brock University

Title - "Synergistic Research:  Terrestrial Field and Planetary Rover Studies to Unravel the Igneous and Alteration Histories of Volcanic Terrains...

02/19/2016 - CCI Experience Diversity Banquet

The CCI Experience Diversity Banquet is an annual event hosted by the Diversity Student Leaders Society. The purpose of the banquet is to provide an inspirational diversity experience for students,...

02/19/2016 - Carnicus 2016

Carnicus has a long and storied past at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The commonly known beginnings date back to the early 1900's. This year's theme is "The Classics". Groups can...

02/21/2016 - Young Pianist Series #1: Josh Wright

Billboard #1 artist Dr. Josh Wright has delighted audiences across the United States and in Europe. The Washington Post described him as a pianist possessing "rarer gifts – touch, intelligence...

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