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

UT Celebrates Thirty-First Annual International Festival

The Center for International Education is hosting its annual International Education Week today through Friday with events that celebrate the diverse culture on campus and showcase the university's global initiatives.

Destination Imagination to Bring Nearly 17,000 People to Campus Next Week

Destination Imagination's Global Finals Expo—considered the world's largest celebration of creativity and innovation—will bring a record-setting 16,700 participants to the UT campus next week. This is the fifteenth consecutive year that UT has hosted the competition.

UT Recycling Offers Express E-Waste Disposal

Ever wonder what happened to all those old, boxy desktop computers, or the big grey cell phones with telescoping antennae? UT Recycling offers a way for faculty and staff to recycle everyday office e-waste such as small batteries, printer cartridges, and broken or outdated electronics.

Cumberland Avenue Redesign Work Underway

A two-year City of Knoxville project to reconstruct the Cumberland Avenue corridor through campus is underway. Motorists should anticipate closed lanes from West Volunteer Boulevard to Twenty-First Street to allow for a one-block tapering of traffic.

Knoxville Campus Employee Survey Results Show Broad Improvements

Employees of the Knoxville campus have improved their overall views about UT's compensation and benefits, the competency of supervisors, and confidence in senior leadership. These are just some of the broad improvements in the 2014 Employee Engagement Survey results for the Knoxville campus.

UT Ranked as a Best College for Summer

Do you have plans for summer yet? If not, maybe you should think about staying in Knoxville and taking a couple of classes at UT. The university has just been named one of the 50 "best colleges for summer school" by College Choice, an online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college.

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