The University of Tennessee

527 Andy Holt Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996

School Details

The University of Tennessee is a public, 4-year, land-grant university headquartered in the city of Knoxville, Tennessee.


The school is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the country and was founded in 1794. During the Civil War, the school was considered to be the bastion of Union sympathies and the school suffered major structural damage during the Battle of Fort Sanders. During WWII, UT was one of 131 colleges and universities that nationally took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program. Additional campuses were built and the UT University System was created in 1968. Today, University of Tennessee in Knoxville is the flagship institution of the statewide University of Tennessee system.

In addition to academics, UT’s campus is full of activities for students to get involved in. UT has over 450 registered clubs and organizations on-campus. These groups cater to all sorts of different interests and passions. UT also has a very active Greek life with 20 sororities and 25 fraternity’s on-campus. The athletic teams at UT compete in NCAA Division I, and have won many national championships in football. Super Bowl champion Payton Manning and NFL Hall of Fame player Reggie White are two athletes whose careers started at UT. The university also offers a number of recreational and club sports and teams often join intercollegiate conferences. As one of the oldest universities, UT students enjoy upholding the many traditions that the college has established.

The student body ratio is 51% male and 49% female. The university employs 2,362 full-time faculty, of whom 57% are tenured and 81% have a PhD or other terminal degree in their perspective fields. A majority of classes have no more than 30 students and the student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1. This allows students to have a more personalized learning environment.


There are many facilities that are affiliated with the University. These include the University Medical Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, UT Anthropological Research Facility, and the UT Arboretum. The school has 11 undergraduate and 3 graduate colleges which include:

  • Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Design
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Communication and Information
  • Health, Education, and Human Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI).

The College of Law, the College of Veterinary Medicine and UTSI offer only courses in the graduate level. Under the different schools, UT offers 300 degree programs. The school has a total enrollment of 29,833 students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries. Of these students, 20,916 are undergraduate students and 9,623 are graduate and professional students.


UT has a competitive admissions process. Students are considered mostly on their academic performance and credentials. Applicants must fill out an application and may do so either through the Common Application or through the UT admissions system, which is an online application. Financial aid is available to those students who qualify. Qualification is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which all applicants are required to fill out. Aid is available through grants, scholarships, federal work-study and loans.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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