University of Tennessee

#296 / #103
Global Influence / U.S. Influence
Most Desirable School

Public university in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

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About University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee (UT) was founded in 1794, two years before Tennessee achieved statehood. The student body numbers nearly 30,000 individuals, hailing from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries.

UT consists of 10 undergraduate colleges and 11 graduate colleges. The university is also affiliated with a number of distinguished research centers, including the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, the UT Anthropological Research Facility, the UT Medical Center, the UT Arboretum, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (of Manhattan Project fame). UT is especially known for its programs in business, management, marketing, and related support services.

UT’s distance-learning department—known as “Vols Online” (UT students are called “Volunteers”)—offers courses leading to around 20 undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as professional certificates.

UT is associated with three Nobel Prize laureates:

Other distinguished UT-associated individuals include the following:

  • Mathematicians, Morwen B. Thistlethwaite and Mladen Bestvina
  • Computer scientists, Lee Giles and Jack Dongarra
  • Philosophers, Richard Aquila and Mariam Thalos
  • Novelists, Kurt Vonnegut and Cormac McCarthy
  • Novelist and biographer, Alex Haley
  • Playwright, Owen Davis
  • Critic and nature writer, Joseph Wood Krutch
  • Financial writer, Rachel Cruze
  • Film director, Clarence Brown
  • Actors—John Cullum, James Denton, Dixie Carter, David Keith, and Logan Marshall-Green
  • Dramatic soprano, Cheryl Studer
  • Singer, Dolly Parton
  • Myrmecologist and evolutionary biologist, E.O. Wilson
  • Economist, Frank Knight
  • Science correspondent, John Noble Wilford
  • Retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel, former US Representative, and political commentator, Allen West
  • Former US Senators—Estes Kefauver, Al Gore, Sr., Lamar Alexander, Howard Baker, Jim Sasser, Saxby Chambliss, Jim DeMint, and Bob Corker
  • Former US Presidents—Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson

UT is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

According to Wikipedia, The University of Tennessee is a public land-grant research university in Knoxville, Tennessee. Founded in 1794, two years before Tennessee became the 16th state, it is the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee system, with ten undergraduate colleges and eleven graduate colleges. It hosts more than 30,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".

University of Tennessee Admissions, Retention, and Graduation Information

Annual Applications Acceptance Graduation Rate Median SAT Score Median ACT Score
25,423 78% 71% 1240 27

How Much Does University of Tennessee Cost To Attend?

Tuition (in-state) Fees (in-state)
$11,332 $1,932

How Much Do University of Tennessee Graduates Make?

If you graduate from University of Tennessee, then you can expect to earn an average of $56,700 per year. You also have a 91% chance of being employed after 10 years.

University of Tennessee's Demographics

Demographic data is for full-time, on-campus students.

Student Body Under-Grads Graduates
27,189 22,702 4,487

Where is University of Tennessee?

University of Tennessee is located at 527 Andy Holt Tower, Knoxville TN 37996

How Safe is University of Tennessee?

Knoxville has a violent crime rate of less than .01% and a property crime rate of less than .01%.

What Is University of Tennessee Known For?

University of Tennessee is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

University of Tennessee's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

Who Are University of Tennessee's Most Influential Alumni?

University of Tennessee's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Social Work, Criminal Justice, and Nursing. Here are some of University of Tennessee's most famous alumni:

Frank Knight
An American economist .
James M. Buchanan
James M. Buchanan
An American economist .
Joe L. Kincheloe
An American academic.
Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut
An American writer .
Murray Bowen
An American psychiatrist, family therapist, and systemic therapist.
Massimo Pigliucci
Massimo Pigliucci
A Chair of the Department of Philosophy at CUNY-Lehman College.
W. I. Thomas
W. I. Thomas
An American sociologist .
Dave Ramsey
An American financial advisor and author.
Peyton Manning
An American football quarterback.
Van Jones
Van Jones
An American environmental advocate and civil rights activist.
Lee Giles
An American computer scientist.
Min Kao
An American businessman.