University of Tennessee, Knoxville
#172 Overall Influence#1285 Desirability Rank

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Public university in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

University of Tennessee, Knoxville Rankings

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).


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527 Andy Holt Tower, Knoxville TN 37996

City Crime Rates

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55 per 100k

Violent Crime

9 per 100k

What is University of Tennessee, Knoxville known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

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Social Work
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Influential People

Who are University of Tennessee, Knoxville's Most influential alumni?

University of Tennessee, Knoxville's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Business, Criminal Justice, and Economics. University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s most academically influential people include Kurt Vonnegut, Oprah Winfrey, and Massimo Pigliucci.

Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut

American writer

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Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey

American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist

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Massimo Pigliucci
Massimo Pigliucci

Chair of the Department of Philosophy at CUNY-Lehman College

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Frank Knight

American economist

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Chris Hadfield
Chris Hadfield

Canadian astronaut

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Cormac McCarthy
Cormac McCarthy

American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter

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James M. Buchanan
James M. Buchanan

American economist

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Michael Persinger
Michael Persinger

American-Canadian psychologist

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Van Jones
Van Jones

American environmental advocate and civil rights activist

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William Isaac Thomas
William Isaac Thomas

American sociologist

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Bobby Dodd
Bobby Dodd

American football coach and player, college athletic director

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Vinai Thummalapally
Vinai Thummalapally

U.S. Ambassador to Belize

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