University of Tennessee
527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996
(865) 974-1000
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., is the largest institution of higher learning in the state and the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee system. It also is recognized as one of the top national universities by U.S. News & World Report. The university is well-known for its competitive athletics programs that compete in NCAA Division 1 collegiate sports. Over the years, the school has produced a large number of famous and notable attendees and graduates, including authors Kurt Vonnegut and Cormac McCarthy, athletes Peyton Manning and Johnny Majors, and singer-songwriters Meg Tillis and Deana Carter.

Programs Offered

The University of Tennessee has an extensive online learning division. It offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in select fields as well as online courses, teaching endorsements, and vocational training programs in various occupations. Students can earn online bachelor’s degrees in nursing, agriculture, and business. Online master’s degrees include programs in education, banking and finance, agriculture, engineering, and more. The University of Tennessee system offers more options in online degrees and doctoral degree programs through other campuses in the network.


The University of Tennessee has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges since 2000. It is accredited to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.


High school students who wish to apply to the University of Tennessee for undergraduate admissions must submit their high school transcript, undergraduate application, and their official ACT or SAT test scores. To increase changes of acceptance, students are encouraged to take challenging courses while in high school and take advantage of the optional letters of recommendation when submitting their application. To apply for graduate admissions, students must have a bachelor’s degree and at least a 2.7 GPS on a 4.0 scale from their undergraduate studies. Admissions standards vary depending on the program, so students should review their program’s website for details about admissions requirements and application materials.

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