See what students say:


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 over 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-ofstate 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 offcampus 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.

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
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
Market Square in downtown Knoxville
The Old City
World's Fair Park
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: 9:15, 1:15
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
Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn, Hilton, Hampton Inn


Applicants: 20,457
Acceptance Rate: 78%
Average HS GPA: 3.97



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