We are Tennessee’s University

What began in 1794 as a small college in the Southwest Territory has grown into Tennessee’s flagship university and premier public research institution.

UT Knoxville, which includes the UT Space Institute and the UT Institute of Agriculture, serves the state by educating its citizens, enhancing its culture, and making a difference in people’s lives through research and service.

We embody excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement.

UT professor doing research with students

For more than 225 years,
Volunteers have been lighting the way for others, across Tennessee and throughout the world.

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Mission, Goals, and Commitments

Our vision is of a world enriched by our ideas, improved through our action, and inspired by the Volunteer spirit of service and leadership.


University of Tennessee Chancellor Donde Plowman.

Donde Plowman


The chancellor manages the Knoxville campus.

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor John Zomchick.

John Zomchick

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor

The provost oversees campus academic activities.


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of University of Tennessee, Knoxville may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).