University of Tennessee

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527 Andy Holt Tower

Knoxville, TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
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Dec. 1
application deadline

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#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Tennessee is a public institution that was founded in 1794. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 20,916, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 560 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Tennessee's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 101. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,684 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $27,874 (2013-14).

The University of Tennessee is a public research institution in Knoxville, one of the state’s largest cities, and is the flagship campus for the state school. It has more than 40 fraternities and sororities for students to join. The UT sports teams are known as the Vols and the Lady Vols, short for Volunteers. The teams compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference, and football season is a particularly big draw at the school.

The university helps to manage the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where students and faculty tackle research projects. The University of Tennessee grants graduate degrees through its Graduate School of Business, law school, College of Engineering and College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, as well as a Space Institute, among other academic departments. Graduates of the University of Tennessee include current and former NFL players Peyton Manning and Reggie White, respectively.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

UT is a growing and vibrant university in a friendly urban setting. Its aggressive goal for becoming a Top 25 public research university has dramatically enhanced the overall student experience. Many new academic and student facilities have recently opened and several more are under way, including a new state-of-the-art student union and School of Music center.

We offer ninety-seven majors and a variety of honors and interdisciplinary programs so students can explore their varied interest and career goals. Nine living and learning communities give undergraduates with like majors and similar interests the opportunity to study and grow together.

The Haslam Scholars program, a premier honors program that admits fifteen of the nation's top students each year, provides undergraduates with exclusive benefits and funding to cover a study-abroad experience and a senior research thesis.

The Student Success Center helps students overcome academic stumbling blocks and get the extra help and advice they need when they need it. A new One Stop express student services center opens this year to simplify students' registration, financial aid, and payment processes.

The university's partnership with Battelle Corp. to manage the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides a wide array of research opportunities for students at all levels. The nation's largest government science and energy lab, ORNL helps to fuel the state's technology- and science-driven economy. ORNL is home to Titan, which was ranked the fastest supercomputer in the world in November 2012.

Our campus has everything a student needs to be at home away from home. From traditional sorority and fraternity organizations to professional societies, from archery and judo to rugby, water polo, and every other sport in between, students can pursue any interest through more than 400 active clubs.

The Center for Leadership and Service sums up what it means to be a Vol through alternative spring and fall break service trips and other ongoing service opportunities. They're also involved in outreach programs in areas such as health care, animal welfare, hunger and homelessness, city beautification, youth outreach, global issues, and more.

RecSports offers ample opportunities for fun with Olympic-sized indoor and outdoor pools; aerobic, spin, and yoga classes; game courts; personal training and weight training; and a new eight-field outdoor sports complex.

Our students lead our campus sustainability efforts. Through a student-initiated "green fee," UT is one of the largest purchasers of green power in the Southeast. New buildings meet LEED certification standards, and community members focus on energy savings, recycling, alternative fuels, and other practices to reduce the campus's carbon footprint.

A perennial powerhouse in multiple sports, the University of Tennessee fields eighteen men's and women's NCAA Division I intercollegiate teams and is home to more than 500 student-athletes. The Vols and Lady Vols compete as members of the highly competitive Southeastern Conference.

Just a few blocks away students can enjoy downtown Knoxville's diverse culture of music, eclectic foods, boutique shopping, arts, and entertainment. Weekly farmers markets sell the freshest-tasting local food, and several galleries present work from UT visionaries and some of the world's most famous artists.

The campus is undergoing many changes to make it an even better place for students. This year marked the opening of Sorority Village, a new chapter house development. A new student union project is underway, which will double the size of the current facility. The facility will provide more space for performances, student programming, dining facilities, and an expanded book and technology store.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1794
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $665,832,771


When applying to University of Tennessee, it's important to note the application deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due December 1. The application fee at University of Tennessee is $40. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 67.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 67.3%
Application deadline December 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by December 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Tennessee is 17:1, and the school has 38.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Tennessee include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Psychology; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Engineering. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 36%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 18%
Social Sciences 11%
Psychology 10%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%
Engineering 9%

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Student Life

The University of Tennessee—Knoxville College of Law is one division of a large public institution. Students have the option to focus their educations through curricular concentrations in either transactional law or advocacy and dispute resolution. For students interested in pairing their J.D.’s with another degree, the UT College of Law offers dual degree programs such as a J.D./M.B.A. in conjunction with the UT Graduate School of Business and a J.D./M.P.A. (master of public administration) in conjunction with the UT Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts.

UT law students can get hands-on legal training through a variety of clinics, including the Business Law Clinic, the Domestic Violence Clinic, and the Environmental Law Clinic. Students can also get a personal feel for the legal industry through school-coordinated mentorship relationships with legal professionals. There may be opportunities to get involved through school-run centers and institutes, including the Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution and the Center for Entrepreneurial Law.

To get involved outside of class, students may participate in the school’s Moot Court program or can consider working for one of several law journals, including the Tennessee Law Review, Transactions: Tennessee Journal of Business Law, and the Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender & Social Justice. For students interested in spending some time away from Tennessee, the UT College of Law permits second- and third-year law students to take up to eight credits at certain foreign institutions.

Total enrollment 29,833
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Tennessee offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Tennessee also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Tennessee, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Tennessee.

Students who have cars on campus 60%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Tennessee, 58.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,182.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $9,684 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $27,874 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,170 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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