Become a Volunteer
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is Tennessee’s flagship campus of the state’s land-grant institution. Founded in 1794, the University thrives on excellence, innovation, and tradition. We’re committed to leadership and service in our community and beyond—after all, we are the Volunteers.
We’re committed to ensuring our campus is a welcoming environment where everyone is open to learning from one another. We celebrate our differences and the opportunities they create through experiences with people who have different beliefs and come from other places, cultures, and backgrounds.
Our faculty are renowned scholars in their disciplines and committed teachers who serve through the University’s 11 academic colleges, nine of which offer undergraduate degrees.
Thanks to our wide variety of undergraduate programs—more than 360, in fact—you’ll have no problem finding a course of study that’s right for you.
UT is dedicated to your success. From academic advisors to living and learning communities to the Student Success Center, we provide our students with a top-notch support network. The Honors and Scholars Programs at UT provide a more intimate college experience within the context of a large research university by integrating academic achievement and student life with a culture of intellectual and civic engagement. Each of our programs offers a unique honors experience to appeal to a variety of student interests and talents. Students may qualify for programs like the Chancellor’s Honors Program, Haslam Scholars Program, Honors Leadership Program, or 1794 Scholars Program.
Designated as a “Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity” by the Carnegie Classifications, UT is an elite research institution. Countless undergraduate research and creative opportunities exist across campus, fostering faculty and student collaboration. A unique partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory also allows students to work beside some of the world’s most renowned engineers, microbiologists, and ecologists.
Our athletic teams are part of the highly competitive Southeastern Conference. UT’s 18 men’s and women’s NCAA Division I intercollegiate teams have won 23 national championships and 197 regular season and tournament SEC championship titles.
Education is about more than lectures and exams. Our 910-acre campus is a thriving environment where students live, learn, hang out, work out, eat, and play. UT offers more than 500 organizations, including sororities and fraternities, professional societies, intramural and club sports, and international interest, academic, service, and government groups.
Our campus is always growing and adding modern facilities, including a new Student Union. Members of our living and learning communities have unique opportunities to merge academics and social interests with residence hall life. There are 12 residence halls and more than 30 dining locations on campus, including retail options and homemade fare. You’ll also find convenience stores, markets, fast food restaurants, and coffee shops located all around.
The Campus Visit Program is the best way to see UT. Student ambassadors will lead you and your family on a tour that includes residence halls and dining facilities, academic buildings, campus services, and green spaces. Your visit also includes an information session with an admission counselor. Tours are offered throughout the year during the week and on select Saturdays. More info is available at visit.utk.edu.
Financing your UT education
College is a big investment, and we offer a variety of funding to demonstrate our investment in you! More than 80% of UT students and 90% of entering freshmen receive financial aid and scholarships from federal, state, and private sources. Contact One Stop Student Services at 865-974-1111 or visit onestop.utk.edu/financial-aid for information about the scholarships we offer and other financial opportunities.
Become a VIP (Vol-in-Progress) by joining our mailing list at vip.utk.edu to receive important information from UT. And if you’re ready to apply, you can start your application at vip.utk.edu or via the Common Application at commonapp.org.