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.