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.

Sustainability-minded student residents can lead as Eco Vols, a Make Orange Green initiative dedicated to reducing residence hall energy consumption. Switch Your Thinking, a campaign to reduce energy consumption on campus, is inspiring our entire community to think differently about energy use. For instance, 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.

Happening on 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.


Seventy Students to Show Their Volunteer Spirit during Spring Break

Seventy UT students will put their Volunteer spirit to work next week helping the disabled, youth, and senior citizens in five communities during UT's Alternative Break program.


Campus Chest Exceeds 2014–15 Campaign Goal

Thanks and congratulations to the many students, faculty, and staff who helped the 2014–15 Campus Chest campaign exceed its goal. The Knoxville-area campaign raised $624,918, which is 101 percent of its goal of $620,000.


Five Things to Do Now That Football Season Is Over

Football season is over, and many of you are probably counting down the days until Team 119's season opener game. If you have wondered...What's there for me to do on the weekends now? Don't worry, there's plenty to do on Rocky Top! Here's a list of five things to get you started.


UT’s Final Pregame Showcase of the Season Goes Behind-the-Scenes

Curious about how an actor gets into character? Kathleen Buckley, associate professor of theatre, will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how actors break down a script at this week's final Pregame Showcase before the Vols take on the Missouri Tigers.


UT Welcomes Fans to Alabama Game Saturday

UT welcomes fans to campus this Saturday for the football game against the University of Alabama. Kickoff is set for 7:36 p.m. EDT for the Volunteers' game against the Crimson Tide. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. ESPN-2 will televise the game.


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