The University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Knoxville, TN, the University of Tennessee is a public, 4-year university that offers a large number of graduate and undergraduate degree programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is The University of Tennessee the School for You?

Knoxville is the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee (UT). A public, 4-year university, it serves both undergraduate and graduate students, and has bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs. Weigh the pros and cons below to see if UT is right for you.


  • High number of academic programs
  • Following graduation, student debt is about $5,700 lower than the national average
  • Accepts dual and AP credits
  • Offers academic and career counseling
  • Endowment grew by 16.4% between 2010 and 2011


  • Total cost is $6,435 more than the average for a 4-year, in-state university, and $11,010 more than the average for a 4-year out-of-state university
  • High number of teaching assistants (TAs) teaching classes

The University of Tennessee at a Glance

If you're considering UT, the first thing you might want to know is that it offers up over 300 programs in 11 colleges, some of which are nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report. At the undergraduate level, it's ranked #7 for supply chain management and logistics. In addition, three graduate programs are in the top 25: printmaking (#3), nuclear engineering (#9) and library and information studies (#17). Despite the higher than average cost, you're likely to have a less-than-average indebtedness upon graduation according to the College Board.

For those of you considering the University of Tennessee who are still in high school, it's good to note that the school accepts AP and dual credits, so keep your eye out for these opportunities at your school. If you're trying to decide whether or not to apply, you might like to know that the school has an acceptance rate of 70%, or 4.5% higher than the national average, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

NCES also reports that, once at the University of Tennessee, you'll enjoy a student-faculty ratio of 15:1, slightly better than the national average. Keep in mind, though, that a lot of your classes may be taught by TAs. Graduate teaching assistants make up about 34% of the instructors. If you need some help dealing with classes, academic counseling is available. Career counseling, employment and placement services are also offered. You can take advantage of workshops on resume writing and interviewing, and classes designed to help you map your academic and career path.

The 4-year graduation rate is 34% according to NCES, less than the national average of 40% reported by U.S. News and World Report. The 6-year graduation rate is 61%.

Admissions & Financial Aid at the University of Tennessee

By December 1st, you will need to submit either the common application or the UT-specific application along with a $30 application fee, high school transcripts and, if you have any, college transcripts. SAT or ACT scores are also due by this date. While there is no early decision deadline, the school does encourage you to apply as soon as possible. In 2011, according to U.S. News and World Report, about 20% of students submitted SAT scores and 95% of students submitted ACT scores. The average ACT composite score was 27, and the average SAT scores for Math and Critical Reading were 587 and 585 respectively. 44% of those who are admitted choose to attend.

If you're accepted and decide to attend, a $250 non-refundable enrollment deposit fee is due by May 1st. You may want to get it in as soon as possible, however, since confirmation of enrollment and payment of the enrollment deposit fee is used to determine priority for residence hall selection.

In 2011, about 24% of first-time full-time freshman students had their financial aid need fully met, according to U.S. News and World Report. On average, about 76% of their financial aid needs were met. The average percent of all undergraduate students who had their need fully met was 21%. According to NCES, as of 2009, about 8% of those who graduated from UT defaulted on their student loan debt.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) December 1**
Financial Aid Application Priority Deadline (2011) February 15***
Admission Notification Date (2011) March 15***
Application Fee (2011) $30*
Acceptance Rate (2011) 70%*
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2011)' $23,571 for TN residents
$40,713 for out-of-state students*
Average Financial Aid Package (2011) $12,370***
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 24%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $20,926****
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 8%*

Student Life at the University of Tennessee

If you're not sure if you prefer the urban or the rural experience, UT may provide a balance of the two. It's located in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee's third largest city. If you do need to get away for something more (or less) exciting, it's less than 20 minutes from the nearest airport. In 2011, there were 30,194 students enrolled at the University of Tennessee. The male-to-female split was about 50-50, so you will have a pretty good mix of men and women on campus. There isn't quite as much diversity in other areas. 82% of the students were white, and 89% came from in-state. The school does have a number of programs committed to diversity, including an Office of Disability Services, an Office of Equity and Diversity and an Office of Multicultural Student Life.

If you plan to go Greek, you should know that there are 26 fraternities and 19 sororities. If you'd rather not pledge but still want to get involved on campus, there are over 370 student organizations, with clubs for everything from amateur radio to water polo. When it's time to study, there are 3 libraries, including a music library. If hitting the books at the library isn't quite enough to get you the grades you want, there is academic help available. You can sign up for an academic coach, attend supplemental instruction or get free tutoring.

The University of Tennessee has on-campus housing with 12 residence halls, but only 35% of students take advantage of it. As a freshman, you'll be required to live on campus. Even if you choose to commute after that, you won't necessarily have to pack a lunch. There are 3 dining halls, and meal plans are available for both residents and commuters.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Midsize city*
Student Population (2011) 30,194*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 50.7% to 49.3%**
% of Full Time Students (2011) 94%*
% of In-state Students (2011) 89%*
Retention Rate (2011) 84%*
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Students Living on Campus 35%***
Number of Libraries 3**
Extracurricular Activities Over 300***

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **University of Tennessee, ***U.S. News and World Report, ****College Board

Contact Info

  • Address: Undergraduate Admissions, 320 Student Services Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-0230
  • Phone number: (865) 974-2184