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We are the Volunteers.


Founded in 1794, UT is big on tradition, and we are proud of our humble beginnings as the first public university chartered west of the Appalachian Divide.

We serve 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.

We are improving undergraduate and graduate education, research, support for faculty and staff, our campus infrastructure, and our resources.

UT Knoxville is:

  • Tennessee's flagship land grant university
  • A public research institution
  • Part of the UT System, along with UT Chattanooga, UT Martin, the UT Institute of Agriculture, the UT Health Science Center, and the UT Space Institute
  • Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral University (highest research activity)
  • A Carnegie Engaged University
  • Governed by a board of trustees with twelve members


Since 1897, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been continuously accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. For questions, contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500.

Mission, Vision, and Values

Our campus has adopted a primary mission, a three-part vision, and a set of values that defines our Volunteer Spirit.

Learn about our mission, vision, and values


Wayne Davis

Interim Chancellor Wayne T. Davis

The chancellor manages the Knoxville campus.

Learn more about the chancellor

David Manderscheid

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor David Manderscheid

The provost oversees campus academic activities.

Learn more about the provost


Be Well

Programs that help UT employees improve their health

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