College Snapshot: University of Tennessee


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 21,664
   Women 10,741 (49.6%)
   Men 10,923 (50.4%)
Graduate Students 8,722


Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 75% of 15,442 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline December 1
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Essay X
Extracurricular Activities X
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.79
SAT Math 583 average
530-640 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 577 average
520-630 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing Not reported
ACT Composite 27 average
24-29 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance In-state: $27,962
Out-of-state: $46,152
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $12,436
Out-of-state: $30,626
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met 65%
Average Freshman Award $13,793
Average Indebtedness of
2011 Graduates


Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 6% of classes
10-19 students: 22% of classes
20-29 students: 33% of classes
30-39 students: 18% of classes
40-49 students: 7% 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 93% of freshmen, 37% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Tennessee Blue Tick Coon Hound (Volunteer and Smokey)
Sororities 25% of women participate
Fraternities 16% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.1% Asian
7.3% Black/African-American
3.2% Hispanic/Latino
3.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
80.9% White
2.2% Unknown
International Students 1.4% from 72 countries
First-Year Students Returning 86.6%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported