Diversity

Location
Knoxville, TN
Undergrads
19,591
Tuition (in-state)
$27,582 ($9,092)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Diversity: Most of my friends are international or came to America as teenagers. I feel like acceptance is easy at my school regardless of religion, politics, ethnicity, or even sexual orientation. We have LBGT,Sex, and interational/diversity weeks sponsored by the university.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There isn't much ethnic/racial diversity.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Besides maybe religion, the campus is quite diverse. I've come across my share of more conservative Christians, but that's expected in the south.

5 College Junior

Diversity: There's not much to say except that there is literally every type of someone at UT. And there's an organization for that type too, I would bet!

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many different people from many different places attending the university. Its nice to see that the students as well as the college take an interest in promoting educational and social events for all the different groups.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristen Lewis
Hometown
Litchfield, NH
Major
Anthropology
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Most students will probably agree that UT is much more diverse than the high school they attended, regardless of their background. Many high schools in Tennessee are rather homogeneous, regardless of their size. While an individual's perception of UT's level of diversity may vary, UT does make many efforts to accommodate minority students and make their college experience rewarding.

UT has attempted to attract more minority students through various programs and offerings. UT attracts a wide array of international students, and chances are very likely that you will share a class with one. While UT's level of diversity may be considered less than ideal by many students, students of all backgrounds are comfortable at UT.

Facts & Statistics

African American
7%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
2%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
80%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
10%
Common States of Residence
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 26%
20-21: 29%
22-24: 25%
25+: 20%
Female Faculty
38%
Male Faculty
62%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 78%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The campus is accepting of its gay and lesbian students, and has groups such as the Gay and Straight Political Network and the Lambda Student Union.
Political Activity
College Republicans and College Democrats are two of the main political groups on campus.
Economic Status
The students at UT run across the board as far as economic status is concerned. Of course, on a college campus, everyone is going to try and convey the impression that they have a bit of money with more expensive clothes and accessories. The economic diversity on campus, however, is very wide ranging.
Most Common Religions
Baptist and Methodist are the most prominent religions.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Black Cultural Programming Club, Association of Black Communicators, NAACP, National Society of Black Engineers

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 113 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 20% Conservative
  • 34% Moderate
  • 16% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 112 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 23% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 29% Not sure
  • 7% Liberal
  • 4% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 117 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 117 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 113 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 11% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 45% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 44% Very accepting.

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