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Welcome to Rocky Top

The moment you set foot on Rocky Top (our affectionate name for campus), you'll find a place that feels like home. Our 920-acre campus is filled with energy and tradition. Here, you'll be supported by a Volunteer family to chase your ambitions and achieve your goals.

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Follow Your Passion

Want to become a teacher, an engineer, or have a vision for a job that is yet to exist?

With 360+ undergraduate degree options, honors programs, and an emphasis on research and service-learning, UT will prepare you for what comes after college.

We may look like a large university, but our caring faculty and staff will make your time here personal and welcoming.

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Opportunities Made for You

With the support of our expert faculty, students engage in research and creative endeavors, pursue career opportunities, and discover answers to challenging questions.

Our region is home to major businesses and innovators that partner with the university and offer internships and careers, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory—the US Department of Energy's largest science and energy laboratory.

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Knoxville and Beyond

In Big Orange Country, mountains, rivers, and trails come together to connect the urban and the wild.

Close to campus is downtown Knoxville with shops, restaurants, theaters, and more.

Just across the river is Knoxville's renowned Urban Wilderness where you can hike, bike, and swim. And the Great Smoky Mountains stand along the skyline, with 800+ miles of trails to explore.

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We Want to Invest in You

At UT, we’re not just committed to providing accessible and affordable education, we’re also dedicated to preparing you for whatever may come after graduation. Nearly half of students graduate with no debt thanks to a variety of scholarships, and more than 90 percent are employed or in graduate school within six months. All graduates also join a global network of over 270,000 alumni ready to help open doors to career opportunities.

Something that’s really set UT apart for me is its investment in my ambition… It’s really made all the difference in my career.”

Meredith (’23), Political Science, Greeneville, TN

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The Volunteer spirit inspires us to go out of our way to touch the lives of other people. We want to be out in the world making a difference.”

Jerome Linyear (’21), Agricultural Communication, Pittsburgh, NC

We live the Volunteer spirit, stepping forward in service and leadership, through our classes and countless opportunities for community involvement. We bear the torch to give light to others.

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Living the Vol Life

We sing “Rocky Top” loudly and often, and everyone wants to snap a pic with our campus celebrity and mascot—a bluetick coonhound named Smokey. Outside the classroom, you'll have plenty of opportunities to make friends and memories through on-campus events and more than 450 student organizations.

That's a little about us. We can't wait to meet you!

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