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The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

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The University of Tennessee (UT) is one of the top ranked national public universities of the United States. The history of University of Tennessee dates back to the year 1794 when it was founded in Knoxville as Blount College. Blount College was an all-male college till 1892 when the first women students were admitted to the college. Blount College was first renamed as East Tennessee College and then East Tennessee University. East Tennessee University was again renamed as University of Tennessee in 1879. The University of Tennessee has been a land grant university since 1869.

The U.S. News and World Report has ranked the University of Tennessee Knoxville 47th in the top public universities of United States for 2011. The university has a total enrollment of 29,934 students and the campus in Knoxville is spread over an area of 560 acres. The University of Tennessee comprises 11 colleges and offers more than 300 degree programs.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for awarding baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.


The University of Tennessee offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs.

Undergraduate Degrees

The undergraduate degree programs offered at University of Tennessee include: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor in Business Administration, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Music degree programs. The Bachelor of Arts degree program is available in different areas of study such as Anthropology, Art History, Classics, Economics, English, Geography, Music, Philosophy, and Political Science. The students opting for the Bachelor of Science degree program can specialize in areas such as Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Science, Geology and Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics.

Graduate and Doctoral Degree Programs

The graduate degree programs offered at University of Tennessee include: Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Agriculture, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Architecture, Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, and Master of Education. The University of Tennessee also offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program.

Most Popular Fields of Study


To seek admission in University of Tennessee, students are required to submit the application for admission. First time freshman admissions require submission of the admission application form, official high school transcripts, and ACT/SAT test scores. Admissions are primarily granted on the basis of academic performance, educational preparation, standardized test scores, and high school coursework.

A competitive admission process is adopted for transfer students and their applications are reviewed on the basis of their high school and college GPA, ACT/SAT scores, and the major field of study.

International Applicants

International students are recommended to apply for admissions before May 15 for fall semester, October 1 for spring semester, and February 15 for summer semester. They are required to submit the application form, original secondary school transcripts/national exam score report evaluated by NACES/AACRAPO, and certificates/provisional diplomas. They are also required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL/IELTS scores. They can submit their ACT/SAT scores (if available).

Financial Aid

The University of Tennessee provides financial aid to students to help them meet their educational expenses. The basic objective of providing financial aid is to bridge the gap between family resources and annual educational expenses of the students enrolled for various programs at the University of Tennessee. Different financial aid programs available for the students are: grants, work-study opportunities, scholarships, and student loans.

Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

The need-based grant options include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG), and Tennessee Student Assistance Award. Students can avail various loan options such as Federal Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans, Federal Perkins loans, Graduate Student PLUS loans, and Federal Parent Loan (PLUS). Students can also apply for work-study programs wherein they can seek in-campus and off-campus work-study positions. The merit-based awards include Bonham Scholarship, Morris Scholarship, Oldham Scholarship, Volunteer Scholarship, Tennessee Pledge Scholarship, Tennessee Promise Scholarship, and Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (HOPE).


To apply for financial aid from the University of Tennessee, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens. University of Tennessee recommends a priority deadline of February 15 to apply for the financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4132nd for the average student loan amount.
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The University of Tennessee believes in the philosophy that learning occurs both within and outside the classrooms and provides numerous opportunities to the students to explore their potential. The Student Success Center ensures that all students are provided enough opportunities to succeed by identifying and implementing academic success programs. Students can approach academic coaches and request for supplemental instruction. Various tutoring resources are also available for the students. The Career Services Center provides career-related guidance to the students. The Counseling Center provides personal, academic, and psychological consultation to the students.

The campus bookstore stocks new and used books, apparel, accessories, school and office supplies, software, and computer peripherals. There are a number of libraries that enhance the educational experience of the students.

On-Campus Housing and Dining Facilities

The University of Tennessee has 12 residence halls that can accommodate 7,500 students. All freshmen are required to live on campus. The housing options include suite-style, traditional style, and apartment style residence halls. The residence halls have facilities such as cable TV, internet access, post offices, washing machines, athletic equipment, and kitchen utensils.

There are a number of on-campus restaurants such as Einstein Bros. Bagels, KFC Express, McAlister’s Deli, Ready for the World Café, Smokey’s, and Subway.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The University of Tennessee is a member of the NCAA Division Football Bowl Subdivision and Southeastern Conference. The college athletic teams are known as the Volunteers. The team colors are orange and white. The men’s sports include baseball, football, cross country, basketball, golf, swimming and diving, track and field, and tennis. The women’s teams include swimming and diving, basketball, golf, rowing, track and field, cross country, tennis, softball, soccer, and volleyball.

The athletic facilities available for the students of University of Tennessee include Thompson-Boling Arena, Sherri Parker Lee Stadium, Regal Soccer Stadium, Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center, and Dr. Robert L. Barksdale Tennis Stadium.


  • The University of Tennessee. About the University. Web. 13 December 2011.
  • The University of Tennessee. Academic Programs. Web. 13 December 2011.
  • The University of Tennessee. Undergraduate Majors, Minors, Concentrations, and Degrees 2011-2012. 2011. Print.

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Ranks 5th in Tennessee and 180th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Tennessee and 422nd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.01
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 28 0.09
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 18 0.06
Arrest 42 0.14

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,021 0.57
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 17 0.01
Forcible Rape 94 0.05
Robbery 559 0.31
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,544 1.41
Larceny 9,515 5.27
Vehicle theft 820 0.45

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4702

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 395th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $8,648 $8,648 $26,838
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,414 $1,414 $1,714
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $341 $341 $1,100
FT Graduate Tuition $9,540 $9,540 $27,728
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,404 $1,404 $1,704
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $531 $531 $1,542
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $27,450 $27,450 $45,940
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $27,450 $27,450 $45,940
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $18,560 $18,560 $37,050

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $33,030 $65,460
Medical Degree — Required Fees $921 $921
Dentistry Degree — Tuition $27,900 $66,070
Dentistry Degree — Required Fees $3,060 $3,060
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $21,020 $40,600
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $825 $825
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $22,638 $50,438
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $1,384 $1,684
Law Degree — Tuition $16,078 $34,522
Law Degree — Required Fees $2,884 $3,184

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,396 $9,092 $8,396 $9,092 $25,538 $27,582
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,448 $1,492
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,480 $8,752
On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,247 $5,410
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $8,750
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $6,902
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $7,468

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$60
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 14,396 (6,315 male / 8,081 female)
Admitted 10,435 (4,522 male / 5,913 female)
Admission rate 72%
First-time Enrollment 4,276 (2,088 male / 2,188 female)
FT Enrollment 4,261 (2,082 male / 2,179 female)
PT Enrollment 15 (6 male / 9 female)
Total Enrollment30,030

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southeastern Conference

ACT Test Admission

228th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 94%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 31
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 29

SAT Test Admission

230th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 18%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 640
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 650
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1040 / 1290

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity7,312
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 238th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $98,150 ($109,306 male / $71,607 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,734 (1,007 male / 727 female)
Number of PT Faculty 2,636
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $101,586,347

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