University of Tennessee Knoxville

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is one of the oldest public universities in the United States. It started off as Blount College in 1794, two years before Tennessee became a state. Today, great professors and students from around the world live and work in a friendly, safe campus community in scenic East Tennessee. The campus and its signature Hill lure students with green space, nearby lakes, and vistas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.



Founded in 1794, UT is big on tradition, and we are proud of our humble beginnings as the first public university chartered west of the Appalachian Divide.


In 2014, more than 11,000 students graduated from campuses across the state and earned bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees. The UT System enrolled a little more than 49,000 undergraduate and graduate students statewide in fall 2014. The University has an active role in helping the state of Tennessee achieve Gov. Bill Haslam’s “Drive to 55” initiative that seeks to increase the number of Tennesseans with at least a two-year degree to 55 percent by 2025. UT faculty and staff on each campus are working on improvements to graduation and retention rates, which are rewarded by state appropriations approved and funded through the Complete College Tennessee Act (CCTA).


Research in our colleges:

  • Architecture and Design
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Haslam College of Business
  • Communication and Information
  • Education, Health, and Human Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Veterinary Medicine


Student services

The International Student and Scholar Services mission is to enhance the holistic experience of international students, scholars, and visitors in their arrival, stay, and departure at the University and in the United States; while also supporting collective University efforts to advance globalization, including compliance with relevant U.S. regulations.The Office of International Student Services (ISS) assists international students from over thirty-five countries on the UT Chattanooga campus. The staff of ISS is trained and experienced in cross-cultural counseling and U.S. immigration regulations. The services offered by ISS include advice, counseling, and advocacy.

Medical services

Although you can purchase health insurance through the government’s health insurance marketplace, the University sponsored health insurance plan, administered by UnitedHealthcare Student Resources, meets ACA requirements and may be much less expensive.


Since 1897, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been continuously accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. For questions, contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500.

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

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