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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Founded as Blount College in 1794, and acquiring its current moniker in 1879, the University of Tennessee Knoxville is one of the oldest universities in the US and is the largest in the state of Tennessee.

Today, the institution, based in the southern US city of Knoxville, employs more than 9,800 faculty and staff in its 11 colleges and offers more than 300 degree programmes. While the University of Tennessee Knoxville does have an international student cohort, hailing from more than 90 countries, the majority of its undergraduates are from the US southern states of Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

The University of Tennessee buzzes with energy, ideas, and optimism. Great professors and students from throughout the world live and work in a friendly, safe campus community located 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. Students enjoy provocative speakers, great entertainers and artists, a first-class research library, a technology-rich infrastructure, great local music and recreation, nationally competitive athletic teams and abundant opportunities for community service.

The university is also a major research hub, overseeing (in partnership with the Battelle Memorial Institute) one of the biggest government laboratories in the US, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The ORNL’s scientific programs focus on energy, systems biology, materials, neutron science and national security. The laboratory also houses one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

Meanwhile the School of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is the base for the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Initiative, which is considered by the US Department of Energy to be America’s “best local clean fuels programme”.

In its 2017 universities ranking U.S. News & World Report ranked UT the 103rd among all national universities and the 46th among public institutions of higher learning.

Notable alumni include James Buchanan, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Economic Science; Charles Scott Abbott, inventor of the board game Trivial Pursuit; Charles O. Holliday, chairman of Bank of America and many others.

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The most popular majors by the number of students are psychology, logistics and supply chain management, biology, accounting, kinesiology and exercise science, political science and government, business/marketing, engineering.

Besides, UT College of Architecture and Design, School of Art's graduate program in printmaking, nuclear engineering graduate program and senior executive MBA program have high national rankings for alumni goal achievement.

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The University of Tennessee is located in Knoxville, the state's third largest city after Nashville and Memphis. It is based 3 hours from Atlanta to the South and from Nashville to the West. The nearest airport is 12 miles south of Knoxville.