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University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is a public, comprehensive university. Founded as a private college in 1794, it became the first campus of the University of Tennessee in 1879. UTK graduates finish college with less debt than students at most national universities, based on a recent survey by "U.S. News and World Report." Programs are offered through the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Communications, Education, Engineering, Human Ecology, Law, Nursing, Social Work, and Veterinary Medicine, and the Schools of Biomedical Sciences and Information Sciences. Many programs are ranked among the best in the nation, including accountancy, business and law. In addition to a quality education, UTK's beautiful location, temperate climate and recreational opportunities make it very competitive among peer institutions. 128 National Merit Scholars are currently enrolled at UTK. Its 533-acre campus is located in Knoxville.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 22,139
   Women 10,925 (49.3%)
   Men 11,214 (50.7%)
Graduate Students 5,913
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 77% of 17,583 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline December 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.89 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math 574 average
520-630 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 568 average
520-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 27 average
24-30 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance In-state: $28,562
Out-of-state: $46,752
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $12,724
Out-of-state: $30,914
  Room and Board $10,238
Average Percent of Need Met 61%
Average Freshman Award $13,706
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 1,526
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 6% of classes
10-19 students: 22% of classes
20-29 students: 34% of classes
30-39 students: 18% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-99 students: 8% of classes
Over 100 students: 6% of classes
Knoxville Population 182,200
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 90% of freshmen, 33% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Tennessee Blue Tick Coon Hound (Volunteer and Smokey)
Sororities 24% of women participate
Fraternities 14% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.6% Asian
6.8% Black/African-American
3.7% Hispanic/Latino
3.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
79.9% White
2.9% Unknown
International Students 1.5% from 63 countries
First-Year Students Returning 86.3%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 42.8%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 53%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 24.5%