See what students say:


Founded in 1794, University of Tennessee—Knoxville is a large public research university. It uses its strong ties to the community—the “school, city, and state are behind this university”—to provide its 24,000 undergraduates (nicknamed “Volunteers”) “a multitude of opportunities...to further develop our minds.” Students find that it’s a pleasure to learn on this rolling 910-acre campus, and it helps to be just a short walk from downtown Knoxville. But while field trips and nearly 300 study abroad programs play a big part in providing experiential learning, many simply enjoy being on campus: “the library is beautiful and has lots of study spaces.” Professors “make the courses interesting and applicable” and “strive to make personal connections with each of their students.” Along with lectures, students “are strongly encouraged to bounce ideas off of each other in discussions” and many classes incorporate nontraditional learning methods, such as flipped classrooms, “career driven experiences during class time,” and “bigger projects that have a real world focus” (such as “writing a situation analysis for a real company”). Outside of traditional classes, there are “always either seminars we can attend or documentary showings that are informational.”

Student Body

Undergrads “genuinely enjoy being at the university” and in this community of “intentional, passionate, encouraging, and spirited students,” everyone “is exceedingly welcoming.” While the school certainly “makes an effort to keep alumni involved and truly create a Big Orange Family,” it’s one that accommodates “many different kinds of people.” In short, “there is no ’Tennessee mold’” that students have to fit into—there is a “very strong school spirit even when the teams do not perform well,” and “you can always be a Volunteer and that means so much to this campus community.” Though this is a “predominantly white institution,” there are “lots of offices, groups, and positions set up to encourage diversity and multiculturalism.” On the whole, “a good overall vibe” means that “everyone walks around campus with a smile.”

Campus Life

With over 500 student organizations, “it is easy to make this big school feel just a little bit smaller,” helped by the frequent “free programs and food on campus.” Greek life is popular but not overwhelming (only around a quarter of students are involved), “leaving room for tons and tons of other activities.” There are “clubs/fraternities for different majors and general interests” and many opportunities to “engage in community, [go] outdoors, and [spend] time with one another.” Attending football and basketball games is a fun schoolwork diversion, as is “playing in intramural sports like basketball, flag football, and kickball.” UT’s location near the Smoky Mountains means there are “lots of options for getting active and outdoors on and around this campus,” and having the city of Knoxville next door opens up a variety of “restaurants, shops, and outdoor activities.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Laura Stansell
Associate Director of Visits and Events

1502 Cumberland Ave., Suite 282
Knoxville, TN 37996



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Neyland Stadium
Student Union
Johnson-Ward Pedestrian Mall and Walkway
TRECS (Student Recreation Center)
Hodges Library Commons

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Market Square in downtown Knoxville
The Old City in downtown Knoxville
World's Fair Park in downtown Knoxville
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Ijams Nature Center

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and one Saturday each month

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:00, 10:00, 1:00, 2:00
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
Not Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Not available

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available



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

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

Local Accommodations
Graduate Knoxville, Hyatt Place Knoxville/Downtown, Holiday Inn, Hilton, Hampton Inn


Applicants: 25,423
Acceptance Rate: 78%
Average HS GPA: 3.93



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