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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.

By attracting the best and brightest students and leading faculty, we are on track to join our peers in the nation’s Top 25 public research institutions. An aggressive roadmap guides our journey.

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 Research University (very high research activity)
  • A Carnegie Engaged University
  • Governed by a board of trustees with twenty-six 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 and Vision

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 and vision


Jimmy G. Cheek

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek

The chancellor manages the Knoxville campus.

Learn more about the chancellor

John Zomchick

Interim Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor John Zomchick

The provost oversees campus academic activities.

Learn more about the provost


Make Orange Green

Campus wide resource conservation and environmental stewardship

Learn more about Make Orange Green

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