Knoxville, TN
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$27,582 ($9,092)
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3 College Senior

Athletics: I like the facilities, I just wish they were closer

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The students at UT are majorly involved in the athletics! Especially football! Our team isn't the absolute best but we are working our way up!!! The school spirit here is great, we have big orange Friday where most students wear orange. Overall this is a great school athletics wise.

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4 College Student

Athletics: Our team is up and coming but people around here are "Vols for Life."

4 College Freshman

Athletics: In regards to UT Football, there is NOTHING like it. The orange and white atmosphere of Neyland stadium is one of my favorite things about this campus. Once a Vol, always a Vol.

The TRECS and HPER building are awesome facilities which tend to seasoned athletes, and students just trying to lose the freshman 15.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Sports are a big part of the campus and they have a nice place for students to participate in.


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  • 7th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 471st
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristen Lewis
Litchfield, NH
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If you hail from Tennessee, you may be aware of the Vol craze, but you have only heard and seen a small part of what UT athletics is about. If you are from out-of-state, even in an area with a collegiate football team, you will still be surprised by how seriously the Volunteers take football. Even if you are not a huge sports fan, you will enjoy the excitement and tradition that goes along with a football game. It is only fair to warn you that if you dislike sports, you may want to vacate Knoxville in the event of a football game. You will probably have to go pretty far away, though.

IM sports are popular to both play in and watch. There are great chances to play sports, whether it is something you participated in during high school, you want to make friends, or have always wanted to learn. Some sports, such as flag football, are rather competitive. If you played high school varsity sports locally, chances are you might play with or against former high school rivals. A lot of teams go all out, planning practices and purchasing uniforms. In many IM sports, the playoffs draw a pretty big crowd, so you may have an audience when you score or when you drop the ball.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southeastern Conference
Basketball: Southeastern Conference
School Colors
Orange and white
School Nickname
Smokey, a bluetick coonhound
Men Playing Varsity Sports
265 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
211 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 46
Basketball: 10
Baseball: 5
Cross Country/Track: 38
Other Sports: 102
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 29%
Basketball: 83%
Baseball: 20%
Cross Country/Track: 59%
Other Sports: 51%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Bass fishing
  • Bowling
  • Canoe and hiking
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Dodgeball
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Kung Fu
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Paintball
  • Racquetball
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Scuba
  • Ski and snowboard
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Tumbling
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water Polo
  • Water ski
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Bench press
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Free throw
  • Golf
  • Gridiron Challenge
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Punt, pass, and kick
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Three-point shootout
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Whiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • The "Bubble"
  • Allan Jones Aquatic Center
  • Day Golf Practice Facility
  • Football Training Center
  • Health and Physical Education Building
  • LaPorte Stadium
  • Lindsey Nelson Stadium
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Neyland-Thompson Center
  • Outdoor Facilities
  • Pratt Pavilion
  • Tennessee Recreational Center for Students
  • Tennessee Tennis Facilities
  • Thompson-Boling Arena
Most Popular Sports
On the varsity level, football is the most popular sport by far, but women's basketball is also very popular with the UT crowd. As far as intramurals are concerned, you can find people that are interested in everything.
Most Overlooked Teams
The men's baseball team does consistently well, but they definitely walk in the shadow of the more popular sports.
Getting Tickets
The ticket office will announce a weekly schedule where students can scan for tickets. Recently, UT has required students to pay for their tickets to football games with a season ticket being about $90.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Down the strip, across campus on a quiet weekend morning, or nearby Lakeshore Park

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 149 responses

  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 4% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 50% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 45% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 150 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 19% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 65% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 15% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 150 responses

  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 6% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 53% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 40% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.



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