May 1, 2007
- 20,052 Undergraduates
- 5,986 Graduate Students
- 26,038 Total Enrollment
- 550 acres including Main and Agriculture Campuses
- 2.3 million volumes in Library Holdings
- 450+ Campus Organizations
- 52% women, 48% men
- Diverse student body from all 50 states and 100 foreign countries
- 77.4% of freshman students are from Tennessee
- 15.8% Total minority enrollment
- 15 to 1 Student-to-Faculty ratio
- 74% Undergraduate Classes having fewer than 30 students
The University of Tennessee's flagship campus at Knoxville welcomed its most academically qualified freshman class ever for fall 2006. One-third of the class of 4,200 has a core GPA of 4.0. Additionally, the new class has an average ACT score of 25.8 and a GPA of 3.6. Both indicators are up from last year.
The University of Tennessee ranks among the nation's 40 top public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2007 college and university rankings. UT has been listed among the top 40 public universities two years in a row.
Nationally Ranked Programs:
MBA /College of Business Administration:
Nuclear engineering graduate program/College of Engineering:
Supply chain management/logistics /College of Business Administration:
Eleven colleges; largest is Arts and Sciences with 500 faculty, 23 departments, three schools
More than 1,300 faculty
Student-to-faculty ratio: 15 to 1
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education reports that the black student population at UT Knoxville grew 1.9 percent between 2001 and 2004 -- the largest jump at any of the nation's flagship state universities. About 15 percent of the fall 2006 freshman class are minorities; about 10 percent are black.
The UT College of Nursing in Knoxville is offering the nation's first graduate degree concentration in homeland security nursing. Doctoral and master's degree students began studies this fall in the new program, which teaches how to deal with mass casualty disasters. The U.S. Health Resources Service Administration provided more than $650,000 for the program.
Four UT alumni are ambassadors to other nations. In October 2005, President Bush nominated Ronald Schlicher ('81) as ambassador to Cyprus. Others are Victor Ashe ('74), Poland; Michael Polt ('77), Serbia and Montenegro; and Margaret Scobey ('71, '73), Syria. Scobey was recalled earlier this year in response to Syrian political unrest. Former Senator Howard Baker ('49) was ambassador to Japan until retiring in early 2005.
University of Tennessee alumni head many major corporations including DuPont, Johns Manville, AutoZone, EchoStar, Rockwell Collins, Hawaiian Tropic, and Ceridian.
Among UT's faculty and alumni are seven Rhodes scholars, six Pulitzer Prize winners, a Nobel laureate, and 11 astronauts. UT is a partner in managing Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the nation's largest science and energy laboratory. UT and Oak Ridge share 35 joint faculty and six joint institutes. The University of Tennessee is the only university in the nation to have three presidential papers editing projects. The university has collections of the papers of all three U.S. presidents from Tennessee-Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson.
UT is home to a one-of-a-kind National Forensic Academy that has trained crime scene investigators from 37 states. Renowned crime novelist Patricia Cornwell is a benefactor of the program, run by the university's Institute for Public Service. Those who attend the academy study at another one-of-a-kind place, UT's Anthropological Research Facility, where they learn to work with human skeletal remains.
Eight UT programs and departments are listed in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of top graduate programs. They are logistics, social work, law, education, audiology, civil engineering, materials engineering, and physical therapy
The accounting program in the College of Business Administration is highly regarded by leading sources. The master's program is ranked 16th and the undergraduate program 17th by the trade publication Public Accounting Report. PAR ranks UT's doctoral accounting program in the top 25 among public universities. The master's program is ranked #20 in the nation by the CPA Personnel Report's 23rd Annual Survey of Accounting Professors.
The University of Tennessee supply chain management/logistics programs ranked #2 in the U.S. as published in Supply Chain Management Review, the industry's most respected executive-oriented publication.
Modern Physician ranks the physician executive master of business administration program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville #1 in the nation. The UT Health Science Center Department of Ophthalmology ranks ninth among the U.S. leaders in clinical care, as listed by Ophthalmology Times.
The Joel A. Katz Law Library in the UT College of Law is ninth best in the nation according to National Jurist magazine. The rankings are based on such factors as number of volumes, ratio of librarians to students, and number of hours a week the library is open.
UT ranked 44th among public universities in the University of Florida Lombardi Program's list of top research universities. The survey looked at universities' commitment to research and faculty excellence. UT had $185,437,000 in total research funds as of 2002, ranked 65th in the nation; $88,167,000 in federal research, ranked 74th in the nation; $444,146,000 in endowments as of 2003, ranked 90th in the nation; $102,016,000 in annual giving in 2003, ranked 43rd in the nation; one faculty member in the National Academy; 262 doctorates granted in 2003, ranked 48th nationally; and 131 post-doctoral appointees in 2002, ranked 86th in the nation.
The Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranked UT as tied for 101st place in their list of the top 500 universities around the world. The university used four criteria in making their rankings: quality of education, based on alumni who have received Nobel prizes and Fields awards; quality of faculty, based on faculty members who have won Nobel prizes and Fields awards and faculty who are highly cited by their peers; research output as measured by faculty articles published in Nature and Science and articles in Science Citation Index and Social Science Citation Index; and the size of the institution.
The University of Tennessee athletic department at Knoxville contributes more than $30 million a year to the university in the form of scholarships, travel expenses for the Pride of the Southland Marching Band, free or reduced rate tickets, and licensing revenue. The athletic department is self-supporting and receives no state appropriations.