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Academics

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4 College Student

Academics: Registration is very easy, but the workload for my major is very intense. I am takin 17 credit hours my first semester of college.

4 College Senior

Academics: Caring professors, lots of undergrad research available, and a good amount of help given.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: This college is not a special college to be in. The best college I would say is the College of Business, but they only have an average selection of advisors that might be more informative than the college of Arts and Sciences.

Most advisors do not inform the student much, and the "Dars report" does not help much either.

The registration process was easy, but when I arrived here, nobody told me much about this college and I did not meet a diverse group of people.

The professors appear professional, however, they teach with lower than average competence than high school teachers. My high school teachers were more organized and did not constantly cancel classes.

The most popular location for studying is in the library, and when the weather is nice, people enjoy studying in front of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: There is a plethora of education opportunities available with mostly deeply invested professors who are very approachable and are genuinely concerned for your academic success.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Hodges library provide a plethora of studying areas and options. There are study rooms that can be reserved for two hours at a time and also Starbucks to complement those study times

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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
17:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,641
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
278
Total FT Faculty
2,276
Faculty with Terminal Degree
82%
Average Faculty Salary
$85,071
Full-Time Retention Rate
85%
Part-Time Retention Rate
38%
Graduation Rate
66%
Programs/Majors Offered
139
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 188 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 often do you:    Based on 101 responses

Never
Always
  • 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 100 responses

  • 23% This was my dream school.
  • 56% This was one of my top choices.
  • 21% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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