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 370+ undergraduate degree programs are taught by professors who are experts in their respective fields. Our programs emphasize learning through experience, encourage global perspectives, and foster 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 andprograms include the Haslam College of Business, ranked 28th among all public universities and home to the fifth-ranked undergraduate Supply Chain Management program. Our Tickle College of Engineering is ranked 34th among public universities.
Fiske Guide to Colleges rates UT asone 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 agreat value. We have the highest four-year graduation rate of all public universities in Tennessee. Our Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration connects students to a network of more than 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 among “Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity,” UT is an elite research institution. Countless research and creative opportunities exist for undergraduates across campus, fostering faculty and student collaboration.
The University co-manages 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 partnershipsallow students to perform research insome 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, andsafe place that’s devoted to improving sustainability. In 2017, UTreceived a Green Power Leadership Award from the US EnvironmentalProtection Agency, which recognizes America’s leading green power users.
About 7,500 students live in 14 on-campus residence halls. More than 15 living and learning communities bring students together for a common purpose through an educational living experience.
The University offers more than 500 student organizations, including internationally focused clubs. Our International House welcomes all students, hosting cultural events and more.
UT’s athletic teams are part of the highly competitive Southeastern Conference (SEC). Our 18 men’s and women’s NCAA Division I intercollegiate teams have won 23 national championships and 197 regular season and SEC championship titles.
We’re known as “the Volunteers” (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.