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The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN

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About University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee, located in Knoxville, is commonly referred to as UT Knoxville or UTK. The 560-acre campus is the University of Tennessee System's flagship location. UTK was the first university to be founded west of the Appalachian Divide. It was established in 1794 as Blount College, and it became the University of Tennessee in 1879. U.S. News and World Report ranked UTK 46th out of all public universities in the U.S. in 2012.


The university has 12 colleges and schools, as well as over 170 undergraduate majors and specializations/concentrations. The UT Knoxville campus is home to three of the libraries in the University of Tennessee System: the John C. Hodges Library, the George F. DeVine Music Library and the Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library. Within the Hodges Library, students will find around-the-clock research assistance and computer services, a multimedia digital production studio and many virtual resources.

With more than 7,500 students, the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of UTK's colleges. It has 21 departments, 60 undergraduate programs and over 50 graduate degree programs. The College of Veterinary Medicine is one of 28 veterinary colleges in the U.S., and the College of Architecture has the only landscape architecture degree program in Tennessee that holds accreditation from the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board. With over 100 high-tech laboratories and several well-known research centers, the College of Engineering is committed to both research and the education of future engineers.

Students can study abroad in several locations around the world, or they can engage in an academic bridge program between the University of Tennessee and Pellissippi State Community College (PSCC). This program allows students to live on campus while they take summer classes at UTK and fall and spring semester classes at PSCC. After their freshman year, bridge program participants officially become sophomores at UTK. In addition to educational opportunities, students may choose from over 400 clubs and participate in any of 18 different women's and men's NCAA Division I athletic teams.


Students may apply using the Common Application or the school's Vol-in-Progress (VIP) portal. The VIP portal is also a resource for getting email updates and scheduling campus tours. Freshmen applying for scholarships or the Chancellor's Honors Program must apply by November 1; otherwise, applications for admission are due December 1. Along with an application, students are expected to submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. General graduate admission requires that a prospective student have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and a 2.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Many of the graduate degree programs have individual requirements as well.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In-state students taking 12 or more credits will pay $4,546 in tuition and fees per semester for the 2012-2013 academic year; out-of-state students will pay $13,791 in tuition and fees. Room and board fees vary based on the type of room and dining plan. Entering freshmen may take advantage of several Chancellor's and institutional scholarships, including the Neyland Scholars, the Tennessee Scholars, the Volunteer Scholarship and the Out-of-State Excellence Scholarship. The HOPE scholarship, also known as the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship, is another scholarship available to undergraduates. Students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, master's degrees and doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Midsize city**
Student Body 21,214 undergraduates, 8,980 graduate students**
Student Housing 12 residence halls serving approximately 7,500 students; freshmen are required to live on campus*
Schools and Programs 12 schools and colleges and over 300 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) For 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: General Psychology (453)
Master's: General Business Administration and Management (216)
Doctoral: Pharmacy (197)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate For students beginning in Fall 2003:
31% in 4 years
61% in 6 years
62% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 70% for 2011-2012**
Entering Class Size About 4,200 for 2011-2012**
First-Year Retention Rates 84% for full-time students and 53% for part-time students**
Middle 50% of SAT and ACT Scores of Entering Students For 2011-2012:
SAT Critical Reading: 520-640
SAT Math: 530-640
ACT Composite: 24-29*
Undergraduate Application Due Date December 1, 2012 for Fall 2013 admission (other deadlines may apply in special cases)*
Decision Notification Date End of February for applicants who apply by December 1, 2012*
Tuition (2012-2013) $326 per credit hour for TN residents and $1,085 per credit hour for non-residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving It) For full-time first-year undergraduates in 2010-2011: Federal grants (29%), state and local grants (87%), institutional scholarships (67%), federal loans (43%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 96% of full-time first-year undergraduates in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of Tennessee, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: The University of Tennessee, Undergraduate Admissions, 320 Student Services Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-0230
  • Phone: (865) 974-2184
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