University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN


Enrollment:  21,000 undergraduates

Public, 4-year, Coed                          Calendar:  Semester

Residential campus in a large city of approximately 433,000 people (2010)

Location – The Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) is a short 16-minute drive from campus. The city of Knoxville is offers a “blend of small-town charm and big-city opportunities” with student-friendly and upscale dining and entertainment. The Tennessee River runs along the southeast side of campus, perfect for “sailgating” before football games.  The Knoxville area has four seasons with fall temperatures typically around 80 degrees and winter lows close to 30 degrees. Students are able to visit the Great Smoky Mountains situated approximately 60 miles from campus, and Nashville is only a three-hour drive.

Campus – Big Orange.  Big Ideas.  Rich traditions abound on this large campus that is currently undergoing a major campus beautification program.  Featuring 560 acres of buildings and green space, UT has a bus system that runs along the perimeter of campus transporting students from one end to the other.  However, walking to classes and amenities is very doable and helps students avoid the “freshman fifteen pounds.”

Buildings are constructed mainly of red brick and the interiors are being updated with the latest technology to support classroom learning.  The stunning Hodges Main library is filled with computer stations for research, small rooms for meetings to collaborate on projects and huge comfortable chairs for studying.  New buildings include:  John D. Tickle Engineering Building and Min Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building.

The Neyland Football Stadium and the Thompson-Boling Basketball Arena sit prominently on the campus grounds and students fill both venues to support their beloved Volunteers.

Academic Strengths

•     Business

•     Engineering

•     Forensics

•     Communications – Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations

•     Architecture

•     Nursing

•     Veterinary Medicine

•     All freshmen are required to take the First Year Studies and Academic Support class designed to teach students how to be successful in college.

•     70% of classes have less than 30 students

•     The Student to Faculty Ratio is 15 to 1, impressive for a large public institution

 New Sorority Village – Large, beautiful sorority houses are being built on one street, creating a village of Greek life absent fraternities that are strategically located on the other side of campus.  A bus stop sits conveniently at the top of the sorority circle to transport young women to the heart of campus.

Student Life – Students can request the type of residential hall they would like to live in.  Turn in your housing agreement quickly.



•     UT does consider legacy as a factor for admission

•     To be considered for one of the largest merit based scholarships; an additional Competitive Scholarship Essay is required (looks for leadership experience).

•     Academic Common Market – Students can check the academic common market website for majors that are offered at UT, but not available in their home state and then be eligible for Tennessee instate tuition.

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