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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.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students21,863
   Women10,775 (49.3%)
   Men11,088 (50.7%)
Graduate Students5,982


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate76% of 17,081 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineDecember 15
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.89 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math583 average
530-630 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading576 average
520-630 range of middle 50%
SAT WritingNot reported
ACT Composite27 average
24-30 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $28,562
Out-of-state: $46,752
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $12,724
Out-of-state: $30,914
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met62%
Average Freshman Award$13,581
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 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 Population182,200
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 90% of freshmen, 33% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
MascotTennessee Blue Tick Coon Hound (Volunteer and Smokey)
Sororities24% of women participate
Fraternities 16% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.3% Asian
7.1% Black/African-American
3.4% Hispanic/Latino
3.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
80.2% White
2.8% Unknown
International Students1.5% from 63 countries
First-Year Students Returning84.6%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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CLASS OF 2021 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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Average 3.56 3.88 605 588 26
Low 2.50 2.70 530 490 17
High 4.00 5.00 660 670 34
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• UT's John C. Hodges Library, built in the shape of a ziggurat, is the largest library in Tennessee in size and number of holdings.

• UT's student body chose the university's mascot, Smokey the Coonhound, during the halftime of a 1953 football game.

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