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4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are excellent, and all the teachers are really helpful. The workload is really heavy though, and a lot of students drop out or fail out because they don't go to class, don't do their work, or can't handle the workload well. Typically, the harder majors (math, science, engineering, pre-med) have a lot of people change out. A lot of students come in with a B average thinking they can become a doctor or an engineer, and that isn't going to cut it here. I'm a psychology major, so the difficulty of my classes varies, but is typically on the easier end comparatively. I do about 3 to 5 hours of homework every night and have a 3.6 GPA.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I have loved nearly all of my professors. The programs are very structured as well, which is both a blessing and a curse.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes and teachers are awesome. The only time it gets worse is in the huge lectures where you can't really get the attention you need. Also when one person in the class starts being difficult, it gets hard for the teacher to help the rest of the students.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Much improved from the Sport Management program where I went to undergrad.

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3 College Junior

Academics: I would say Business and Engineering are pretty popular from the people that i know.

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After the first day of classes, you may feel that UT is a large school with cold and hard professors. As time passes, however, you will learn that they are human and want you to learn the material and develop as a student. Most professors really do want you to visit them during office hours, so don't be afraid to ask for extra help!

Some professors may be difficult to understand, but you will be surprised how easily you pick up on their lingual nuances. Teaching assistants will often make you laugh with clever explanations and witty responses to questions. You will encounter a bad seed from time-to-time, though. Whether it is a professor who is too wrapped up in his research, impossible to understand, or generally lousy at lecturing, chances are strong that you will have no choice but to endure a few bad profs. Every professor has quirks and pet peeves, such as late students, absent students, cell phones, lack of class participation, sleeping, or the mandatory squirming and packing up by students around the class's ending time. Tennessee 101 is a useful tool to check out professors while scheduling classes. Remember, however, that evaluations are completed by the students that actually show up to class. The expected grades they report and the professor evaluation may be higher than if all students were present.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 30%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 62%
  • 50 or More Students: 8%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Design
  • Art
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Communication and Information
  • Education, Health, and Human Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management: 2%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 2%
  • Psychology: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • The Library
  • The school cafĂ©
  • Your dorm lobby room
Tips to Succeed
  • Do not let the surrounding environment, which is often carefree and fun-loving, distract you from your goal of obtaining a degree. Not to frighten you, but there will be many faces disappearing the following year because they did not take grades seriously. It is important that you put the time into learning class material so you can get good grades. Those who do not make academics a priority either will not return next year or will not be accepted into their major.
  • Take it upon yourself to become acquainted with your graduation requirements, and take your four-year academic plan very seriously. The ultimate goal of a college education is be able get a return on an investment, meaning you will be able to start a successful career and utilize your skills.
Did You Know?
Top "feeder" high schools for UT include Farragut, Bearden, Red Bank, Houston, Germantown, Ooltewah, Brentwood, Centennial, Knox West, and Soddy Daisy.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 38 responses

  • 33% Peyton Manning - star NFL quarterback
  • 18% Candace Parker-WNBA/Olympic basketball player
  • 11% Howard Baker - former senate majority leader (R-TN)
  • 7% Lindsey Nelson - four-time Sportscaster of the Year
  • 7% Cormac McCarthy - author
  • 6% Tamika Catchings - WNBA/Olympic basketball player
  • 5% James Buchanan - Nobel Prize- winning economist
  • 3% Allen West, Col, US Army, former US Congressman
  • 2% Ali Hussein Abu Ragheb - prime minister of Jordan
  • 2% Jeff Ashby - astronaut, space shuttle pilot
  • 1% John Cullum - actor, writer, director
  • 1% Haslam
  • 1% Jim Haslam
  • 1% Kurt Vonnegut
  • 1% Reggie White
  • 1% Eric Berry
  • 1% Jason Witten
  • 1% Paul Finebaum - Sports TV and Radio Personality
  • 0% James W. DeMint Jr. - U.S. senator

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 103 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 107 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 20 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 19 responses

  • 47% This was my dream school.
  • 26% This was one of my top choices.
  • 26% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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