Local Atmosphere

Knoxville, TN
Tuition (in-state)
$27,582 ($9,092)
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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Downtown Knoxville is a really cool environment to live in.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Eh... My hometown of Memphis is much better.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Very friendly with plenty to do. Football is a little too obsessive. The mountains are a nice getaway.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: We usually have something going on each weekend, you just have to know where to look for it. Market square is a good place to find interesting thing to do or see. It's not New York but for what it is, I think we're a pretty interesting town

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Market square is awesome and I love the churches I've visited.

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Kristen Lewis
Litchfield, NH
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Knoxville truly serves as a happy medium between a large city and a small town. It is an easy transition for students coming from either extreme. In a way, Knoxville can be as large as you want it to be, depending on how willing you are to travel and explore.

The people of Knoxville are rather relaxed (except on game day), and there are plenty of places to go to enjoy leisurely activities. You will not feel trapped in Knoxville. Atlanta and Nashville are not too far away, and you can be in the mountains in even less time. While many consider Knoxville a "college town," not all of the exciting activities take place on campus. You may find that Knoxville is the ideal size for a college student.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States.
  2. Knoxville is considered a test market for new restaurants. Many new chains launch in the Knoxville area.
  3. Knoxville is home to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
  4. Knoxville was home to the 1982 World's Fair. Attendance was recorded at 11,127,786 visitors.
  5. Oak Ridge National Laboratories, just a short drive from Knoxville, was the building site of World War II's atomic bomb.
Notable Natives
  • James Agee - writer/poet
  • Nikki Giovanni - poet
  • Dolly Parton - country singer
  • Chad Pennington - NFL quarterback
  • Quentin Tarantino - film director
Local Slang
  • Knox-Vegas: Knoxville, as referred to by many students
  • Nogsvull: Knoxville, as pronounced by some locals
  • The Strip: Cumberland Ave, a main road near campus with many popular bars and restaurants
Points of Interest
  • Gatlinburg
  • The Great Smoky Mountains
  • National Park
  • Pigeon Forge
Shopping Centers
  • Belz Factory Outlet World
  • Knoxville Center Mall
  • West Town Mall
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas 9 West Town Mall
7600 Kingston Pke.
(865) 769-3909
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Knoxville Center 10
3000 N. Mall Rd.
(865) 544-1545
Movie Theaters
Riviera Stadium 8
510 South Gay St.
(865) 522-6801
Major Sports Teams
  • Nashville Predators: hockey
  • Tennessee Titans: football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: GA: 2 hours
  • Nashville: TN: 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 140 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 139 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 11% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 6% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 31% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 51% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 139 responses

  • 24% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 39% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 37% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 138 responses

  • 20% No way.
  • 53% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 28% Totally.



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