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University of Tennessee

United States


At the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT), international students reach their academic goals in a supportive environment.

Over 360 majors and programs are available to study, where students learn from expert faculty. They get to participate in exciting hands-on experiences that are invaluable for future careers.

Highlights include:

  • Personalized Vol success team for each student
  • Several scholarships for international students
  • Living and learning communities
  • Extensive career and development support
  • Many sports clubs and student organizations

The university has roots dating back to 1794 which is seen today in the university's academic excellence and tradition. It's home to top research centers such as the Space Institute and the Institute of Agriculture. UT degrees are also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Knoxville city

The local area is ideal for students with all interests. There are forests, rivers, and lakes, so anyone who loves hiking, biking, running, or water activities has lots to enjoy. In addition, the city is friendly and offers exciting entertainment from museums and art galleries to shopping and nightlife.

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What's new

What's new

New university rankings

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has recently been named the 46th best public university in the US. The rankings are published by the U.S. News & World Report, which takes data from a survey of over 1,400 institutions.

UT improved in its rankings from last year, for metrics including student excellence, graduation, retention, and faculty resources. Its headline achievements in the 2022 rankings include:

  • #46 best public university, rising from #52 in 2021
  • #103 university overall, rising from #112 in 2021

The university's Haslam College of Business achieved #3 nationally for supply chain programs. Among public institutions, it placed #30 and achieved:

  • #11 for business analytics
  • #28 for accounting

The College of Nursing placed #42 among public institutions, and the Tickle College of Engineering placed at #35.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Teaching at UT launches students towards their academic, career, and personal goals. There is a strong focus on practical learning students enjoy hands-on experiences that incorporate real-world issues and leadership opportunities.

Students can choose from over 360 degree programs as well as 60 honors degree concentrations. During their time at UT, they are supported by resources such as:

  • Personalized Vol Success Team
  • Academic Success Center
  • Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration

UT faculty

Teaching staff includes award winners, distinguished authors, leading researchers, and Fulbright scholars. They are there to inspire and support students throughout their studies.

Experiential learning

Students get plenty of chances to apply what they learn in lectures to real-world situations. Opportunities include industry internships and co-ops, research experiences, community service-learning courses, and study abroad programs. This helps students expand their understanding and gain global skills that stay with them for life.

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Department structure

Department structure

The university has 11 academic colleges:

Herbert College of Agriculture

Students can study for bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees within extensive agriculture and natural facilities.

College of Architecture and Design

There are several creative programs to pursue from the expert schools of architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, and design.

College of Arts and Sciences

At the university's flagship college, students can pick from a diverse range of interdisciplinary programs covering areas of humanities, social and natural sciences, and visual and performing arts.

Haslam College of Business

With over 100 years of business education experience, the college offers top programs that prepare students for the for-profit, not-for-profit, and government business sectors.

College of Communication and Information

Students work towards careers in communication and information while learning about legal and ethical responsibility.

College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences

Future health professionals, educators, and industry leaders can access programs that work towards enhancing society's quality of life.

Tickle College of Engineering

Dating back to 1838, the college boasts a long tradition of scientific excellence, renowned research centers, and over 100 laboratories.

College of Law

Students can choose from JD, MLS, joint degrees, and graduate certificates, where they gain the skills for improving society through law and leadership.

College of Nursing

There's a wide variety of comprehensive nursing programs for those looking to pursue meaningful healthcare careers.

College of Social Work

Advanced social work education is available from the college, where students prepare for social work leadership, research, and academic roles.

College of Veterinary Medicine

One of only 30 vet colleges across the nation, this is an ideal option for those looking to work in a role that supports animals, pet owners, and the livestock industry.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

English language proficiency

International students who are not US citizens, permanent US residents, or graduates from an institution in the US, must meet the minimum English language requirements. They can demonstrate proficiency by:

  • Providing proof of citizenship of an approved English-speaking country
  • Providing official school, college, or university transcripts showing that instruction was in English
  • Having a sufficient English language test score (see accepted tests below) or
  • Completing the ELS 112 program or the university's ELI core intensive curriculum

Accepted English language tests and the minimum scores students will need are:

  • TOEFL (PBT) – 523
  • TOEFL (iBT) – 70
  • IELTS – 6.5

Internationals should check the full academic and English language criteria before applying for a place.

Conditional admission

In some cases, international students who have met all of the admission requirements other than the English language criteria may gain a place with conditional admission. They will have to enroll in the English Language Institute (ELI) and take English classes. These classes help internationals develop their language skills and get ready for undergraduate study at UT.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

There is a variety of scholarships available for new, first-year international students. Most awards are based on academic achievement and are renewable for up to four years. Each has different eligibility requirements and application dates. Awards include:

International Volunteer Scholarship

  • Minimum GPA required: 3.8
  • Amount: USD 10,000–18,000 per year

International Tennessee Explore Scholarship

  • Minimum GPA required: 3.6
  • Amount: USD 4,000–7,500 per year
  • Provides wider access to university opportunities

International Beacon Scholarship

  • For those who do not submit ACT or SAT scores
  • Minimum GPA required: 3.8
  • Based on academic, extracurricular, and leadership achievement
  • Amount: USD 4,000–18,000 per year

Global Ambassador Scholarship

  • Awarded to those who demonstrate the UT Volunteer spirit
  • Minimum GPA required: 3.0
  • Amount: USD 10,000–15,000 per year

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UT is based on Rocky Top, a friendly and welcoming environment where it's easy to feel at home. There are green spaces, quiet areas, traditional buildings, and plenty of fun things to get involved in.


Students have access to several modern libraries across the UT campus. Library resources and services include:

  • Study spaces
  • Print and electronic collections
  • Help desk
  • Laptop hire
  • Media workstations

Student sports and organizations

During their studies, students can join one of the many sports clubs or societies. They can participate in competitive or recreational activities, make friends with similar interests, and develop their personal and leadership skills. The university's sports clubs program offers plenty of great resources to support student sports.

Thornton Center

The Thornton Athletics Student Life Center is home to counseling and career programs, a writing lab, a computer lab, a math lab, and housing for students with special requirements.

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International students

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