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A popular saying at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is "I Will Give My All For Tennessee Today," a rallying cry that rings true for UT students. After all, the student body, comprised of nearly 22,000 undergraduates, is imbued with tremendous "school spirit." And, given the "palpable" "community feel and family atmosphere that permeates [the] campus," it's easy to understand why. Academically and professionally, Knoxville undergrads benefit from the fact that the university has cultivated great relationships with "international businesses and governmental institutions such as Oak Ridge National Lab and the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority)." Of course, prospective students should not expect their undergraduate years to be a proverbial cake walk. Students caution that classes can be "a challenge" and that UT professors certainly "make sure you earn your degree." Despite that fact (or perhaps because of it), Knoxville undergrads speak quite highly of their professors. They describe the vast majority of instructors as "extremely knowledgeable" individuals who routinely conduct "interesting research." Students also appreciate how their professors are "open to discussion on topics indirectly related to the lecture material." Best of all, they seem to "actually care about their students." Indeed, UT professors "are willing to get to know you outside of the classroom, and they want to help you succeed."

Student Body

Fortunately, University of Tennessee, Knoxville is a school that's "big enough [to guarantee you'll find] all kinds of people." And though the "student body is made up of many Tennesseans," it still manages to "attract a large population [of] out-of-state and international students." Nevertheless, some undergrads do note that the "campus tends to be conservative leaning, with small liberal and leftist groups existing." Political beliefs aside, many report that their peers are generally "kind, compassionate, and caring people that demonstrate Southern class and values." As one grateful undergrad elaborates, "If you ever need anything, you could go up to a random person and they would gladly take the time to talk to you. I have never experienced any sort of exclusiveness here, as everyone is truly a part of the Big Orange Family." A fellow classmate agrees, "We can all come together to celebrate the traditions of our school and community. We embrace the differences and work together to continuously improve the university for future students." However, a handful of undergrads did note that the campus can sometimes feel "uncomfortable...for anyone who is not cis-gender, white, and/or heterosexual."

Campus Life

Without a doubt, there's fun to be had at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. For starters, "when the weather is nice, there are always people doing things outside. People will set up hammocks, slacklines, and play Frisbee." You'll also frequently see "people playing sports in campus facilities and people running on the sidewalks." And we're told that "there are a lot of shows and productions... that are fun to watch." As one might expect, there are numerous clubs to join as well. Undergrads can participate in everything from "Habitat for Humanity" and "marching band" to the "Society of Physics Students (SPS)" and even "Humans versus Zombies." Moreover, "Greek life is big and tends to keep people busy." And, of course, "during the fall, every Saturday is dedicated to Tennessee football." Lastly, there's plenty to do off-campus as well. For example, "there is a popular farmer 's market...that is within walking distance from campus so many people go to that." Additionally, "there are several music venues so [students often attend] concerts." And since UT is "located close to the Smoky Mountains" you'll discover that "a lot of people will go hiking on pretty days." Truly, there is something for everyone.

Overview

Applicants
17,583
Acceptance Rate
77%
Average HS GPA
3.89

GPA Breakdown

64%
Over 3.75
14%
3.50 - 3.74
10%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 630

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 650

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
1,739
with Terminal Degree
1,452

962
Men
777
Women
312
Minority
52
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
43%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agricultural and Extension Education Services
  • Agricultural Business and Management, General
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Food Science
  • Plant Sciences, General
  • Soil Chemistry and Physics

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Ecology
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Statistics
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Finance, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Public Relations/Image Management

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
  • Education, General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering, Other
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Polymer/Plastics Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Consumer Economics
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
  • Nursing Science
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Law (LL.B.,J.D.)

  • Library Science

  • Library Science/Librarianship

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Systems Science and Theory

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Forestry, General
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Educational Psychology
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Psychology, General
  • School Psychology

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Interior Design
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Peyton Manning
retired NFL Quarterback

Scott Kelly
NASA astronaut, first American to spend a year in space

Min Kao
CEO of Garmin Ltd., world's largest manufacturer of GPS

Pat Summitt (late)
All-time winningest Division I NCAA college basketball coach

Carol Aebersold
Author of The Elf on the Shelf

Dave Ramsey
Financial author and talk show host

Mark Dean
Former IBM Fellow and PC patent holder

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
43%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$45,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$79,600

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$45,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$81,500

Percent High Job Meaning
58%

Percent STEM
15%


Students Say

Tennessee's Career Services does an amazing job helping these undergraduates kick-start their professional lives. No matter where they are in their education or their search, students can turn to this office for guidance and support. Indeed, many undergrads flock to receive help in perfecting their resumes and cover letters. They also learn how to research prospective employers and review proper interview etiquette. Impressively, the office offers classes like "Engineering Career Planning and Placement" to help students understand how to navigate certain industries. In addition, Career Services also hosts numerous job fairs throughout the academic year. Similar to their classes, many of the job fairs are centered around specific disciplines and professions. Undergrads can education fairs, social impact fairs, agricultural fairs and communications fairs (among others).

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$11,488

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,760

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,755

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
51%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,420

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,275

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$11,110
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$29,300
Required Fees
$1,860
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,598

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,664

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,696
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
22,139
Foreign Countries Represented
63

Demographics

3.53%
Asian
6.66%
African-American
3.68%
Hispanic
78.62%
Caucasian
2.82%
Unknown
1.55%
International

49% female
51% male
11% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
33%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
90%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Emily Singer

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
480
Number of Honor Societies
30

Number of Social Sororities
17
Number of Religious Organizations
44

14% join a fraternity
24% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

28% participate in intramural sports

Men's Sports (Volunteers)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Volunteers)
12 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Safe Zone Staff and Student Trainings, Lambda Student Union, Lambda Legal Society, Pride Center, LGBTA Alumni Chapter, Support Groups, Chancellors Commission for LGBT People http://lgbt.utk.edu

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

In recent years, the University of Tennessee—Knoxville has taken several major steps toward reducing its environmental impact while building a culture of sustainability through its comprehensive program “Make Orange Green.” UT has developed several policies aimed at reducing the institution’s environmental impact, including a broad energy conservation policy as well as the Sustainable Building Policy which makes the LEED rating system the standard for all new construction and renovation projects. Additionally, students at UT pay a “Green Fee” each semester which has been used to fund a variety of initiatives and projects on campus since 2005. In 2013–14, UT became the number one purchaser of Green e-certified renewable energy credits in the SEC, offsetting a third of its energy demand via green power. Moreover, UT has taken steps to reduce its energy demand through efficiency projects and outreach efforts such as the Power Down Pledge drive, which has garnered over 5,000 signatures. Academically, UT students can chose from over 225 of sustainability related courses across seventeen degree programs. In the fall of 2012, a Sustainability Major was established, making UT one of the first large institutions in the Southeast to offer such a program. UT students also take advantage of their close proximity to the Smoky Mountains by going on expeditions through the University of Tennessee’s Outdoor Program (UTOP). Every year, UT becomes a greener place to learn, live and work. From UT Recycling’s award winning “Green Team” of student volunteers at every home football game to UT’s Farmer’s Market, it is easy to see how UT has made Orange the New Green.

91/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
31

Average Number of PC's per Lab
27

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
80%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Laura Stansell
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Adms

Address
2712 Neyland Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996

Phone
865-974-0410

Email
stansell@utk.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Neyland Stadium
Student Union
Ayres Hall and the Hill
Johnson-Ward Pedestrian Mall and Walkway
T-Recs (Student Recreation Center)
Thompson-Boling Arena, Hodges Library Commons

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Knoxville (Gay Street and Market Square)
The Old City
Tennessee River and area lakes
World's Fair Park
"The Strip" - Commerical venues adjacent to campus
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Third Creek Greenway trails, Ijams Nature Center

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm
865-974-0410

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
Not Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Not available

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Limousine and Taxi from McGhee-Tyson Airport (TYS); Greyhound Bus Service to city, MegaBus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
South of Cumberland Ave. west of downtown Knoxville, Exits 386A, 386B, 387 from Interstate 40.


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