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University of Tennessee Knoxville

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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 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.

Bachelor's programmes



Founded in Knoxville in 1794 as Blount College, the institution that would become the University of Tennessee began as a struggling higher education institution with a small student body and faculty. Rev. Samuel Carrick served as its first president, forming the first academic programs from the seminary courses once taught from his home.


We embody excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement.

At University of Tennessee Knoxville you’ll have endless opportunities to delve into what you love. With more than 360 undergraduate degree options, honors programs, world-renowned faculty, and an emphasis on research and service–learning, we’ll help you set the course for success for wherever life takes you after college.

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


The following centers, institutes, and bureaus are the research, service, education, and resource centers at UT Knoxville that have been approved and are reviewed by a process in partnership with the UT Faculty Senate Research Council.

Campus-Level Research Centers and Institutes Office of the Chancellor:
  • The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
  • Institute for Nuclear Security
  • Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education

Office of Research & Engagement:

  • NeuroNET Center
  • Center for Environmental Biotechnology
  • National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
  • National Institute for STEM Evaluation and Research (NISER)
  • Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

    GSSA 2019

    The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

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    University Ranking

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    World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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    Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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    Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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    Housing services

    Choosing where to live is an important aspect of university life. University Housing is committed to assisting students as they select the residential environment that will enhance their overall university experience. We acknowledge that students may have specific accommodation requests or needs. Therefore, it is important that you contact University Housing as soon as possible. We will consult with you regarding available options. Please be specific and communicate all of your specific needs or requests.

    Library services

    The University of Tennessee Libraries serves the flagship campus of Tennessee’s premier public research university. The John C. Hodges Library in the heart of campus houses the majority of the UT Libraries’ collections and many unique services. Research assistance and technology services are available almost all hours of the week in the student-centric Commons

    ICT services

    The OIT Help Desk provides information and support for computer and network services managed by OIT (for instance device support, email, password resets). You can also check out a laptop, learn how to use a media lab called The Studio, check out cameras, use media workstations, watch a video for class, get help using one of the library’s many databases, and ask reference questions.

    Medical services

    The Student Health Center believes every person should be able to reach their health potential. The cost of all Student Health Center visits is covered by each semester’s health fee. However, if you receive any of the following services, including all lab work, immunizations, injections, x-rays, and durable medical goods  there will be additional, nominal charges associated with your visit.

    Student Life

    Campus life

    Our campus is just a short walk or trolley ride away from downtown Knoxville, a thriving modern city with small town charm. UT is also perfectly situated for outdoor adventure: our front yard is the Tennessee River, and our backyard is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    University Housing is much more than a bed, a desk, and a roof over your head. We provide safe, comfortable spaces you’ll be happy to call home during your time at UT—spaces where you’ll sleep, eat, study, play, discover friends, and make great memories—but that’s just the beginning.

    Sports facilities

    The Tennessee Recreation Center for Students (TRECS) boasts four basketball courts and a 1/7th-mile indoor circular track. The main fitness area includes over 80 pieces of cardiovascular and over 100 strength training stations, which includes a variety of selectorized and free-weight equipment. As part of the cardiovascular selection there are 18 treadmills, 33 elliptical machines along with an in-house entertainment system that allows participants to watch and listen to their favorite TV stations or XM radio as you workout. For those looking for a more relaxing experience, participants can lounge around the pool either on our outdoor patio overlooking the pool or from an upper pool deck connected to the pool. 

    Student clubs

    • "Your Portion" -What is it?
    • 1794 Scholars Advisory Council
    • 1794 Scholars Program
    • 1993
    • Academy of Student Pharmacists
    • Active Minds at the University of Tennessee
    • Ad Club
    • Advancement of Neuroscience at UTK


    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.

    Student Reviews

    Sub-par administration at an amazing university
    Megan Vande Linde rated 3 out of 5 stars

    This school has an amazing community and awesome opportunities for student involvement/sporting events, etc. My professors have been really passionate about their subject area and have been helpful (for the most part). One thing that I think is important to mention, however, is the administration here at UT. I have been extremely frustrated continually with the advising...

    Great school with poor administration
    Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

    My classes here have been wonderful, and all of my professors have been genuinely interesting and passionate. The academics, I would say, here at UT are as rigorous as you make them and the faculty seem to care about your success (for the most part). That being said, I have had horrible experience after horrible experience with UT's advising. Depending on who you talk to,...

    Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

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