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, an aggressive campaign to reduce energy consumption on campus, is inspiring our entire community to think differently about energy use. For instance, our electric bicycle–sharing program and other 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, 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

Ready for the World Cafe Kicks Off Fall Season October 2

The community is invited to experience international fine dining and savor foods from various countries at the Ready for the World Cafe, which kicks off Thursday, October 2. Seven luncheons will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays through December 4 in the UT Visitors Center, 2712 Neyland Drive.


UT to Celebrate International Education Week with Lecture by Noted Scholar

The Center for International Education will host its annual International Education Week September 22-26 with events that celebrate the diverse culture on campus and showcase the university's global initiatives.


UT Recycling Expands to Fraternity Houses

UT's recycling program has expanded to fraternity housing. The initiative, which launched last week, provides recycling containers in and around houses on Fraternity Park Drive. These containers are for paper, aluminum and steel cans, glass, and plastics.


New Faces in Student Life: Tenea Lowery

Tenea Lowery joins the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life as a new assistant director who will oversee ten campus chapters who are members of the National Pan-Hellenic and Multicultural Greek Councils. In her new position, she hopes to improve awareness and support of multicultural fraternities and sororities on campus.


New Faces in Student Life: Tyger Glauser

The Center for Student Engagement welcomed new assistant director Tyger Glauser to their office over the summer. In her position, Tyger will advise the Cultural Attractions Committee, All Campus Events, and Volapalooza.


UT Greets Students with Welcome Week

As students make their way to UT for the 2014–2015 school year, they will be greeted by an array of activities and events during the university's traditional Welcome Week. The week that gives students a glimpse of campus life kicks off Saturday, August 16, as both new and returning students move into residence halls beginning at 8:00 a.m.


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