Become a Volunteer
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is Tennessee’s flagship campus and land-grant institution. As the top public institution in the state and a nationally ranked public university, UT makes a difference in people’s lives through research, leadership, and service.
Academics and career preparation
UT’s 360+ undergraduate degree programs are taught by professors who are experts in their respective fields. Our programs emphasize learning through experience, encouraging global perspectives, and fostering leadership potential. Because our region is home to major research institutions and national and international corporations, students have world-class internship and career opportunities.
Our nationally ranked colleges and programs include the Haslam College of Business, ranked 27th among all public universities and home to the seventh-ranked undergraduate Supply Chain Management program. Our Tickle College of Engineering is ranked 37th among public universities. Fiske Guide to Colleges rates UT as one of the nation’s “best and most interesting” schools. Their 2018 guide recognizes our Architecture, Business, Communication, Engineering, Nursing, Psychology, and Social Work programs as well as our Sustainability major and Leadership Studies minor.
We provide a great education at a great value. We have the highest four-year graduation rate of all Tennessee public universities. Our Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration connects students to a network of 250,000 alumni worldwide, opening doors for students looking for internships as well as graduates progressing in their careers. More than 80% of our graduates report that they are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. International undergraduate students may receive as much as $18,000 a year in merit-based scholarships, renewable for up to four years.
Carnegie classified as “Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity,” UT is an elite research institution. Countless undergraduate research and creative opportunities exist across campus, fostering faculty and student collaboration. The University comanages Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the US Department of Energy’s largest science and energy laboratory. UT has five joint institutes with ORNL and 15 joint UT–ORNL Governor’s Chairs—including top researchers in advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, biological sciences, energy sciences, nuclear security, and urban design. Our centers, labs, and partnerships allow students to perform research in some of the best facilities in the country alongside some of the smartest minds from around the world.
Our campus, located next to downtown Knoxville, is an energetic environment where students live, learn, and play. If you like outdoor adventure, the Tennessee River runs by campus, and we’re a short drive from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our campus is a beautiful, clean, and safe place that’s devoted to improving sustainability. In 2017, UT received a Green Power Leadership Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency, which recognizes America’s leading green power users.
About 7,500 students live in 12 on-campus residence halls. More than 20 living and learning communities bring students together for a common purpose through an educational living experience. UT offers more than 580 student organizations, including internationally focused clubs. Our International House also welcomes all students, hosting cultural events and more. Our athletic teams are part of the highly competitive Southeastern Conference (SEC). 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.
We are known as “the Voluneers” (Vols for short) because of our history and commitment to leadership and service. We hope you’ll join us, because there has never been a better time to be a Volunteer.