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5 College Junior

Athletics: Our varsity sporting events are some of the most fun, and the best in the country. Even if we're not doing well, we still have a great turnout because Tennessee has the most devoted fans in the country. Our school spirit is amazing from "Big Orange Fridays", where students wear orange every Friday, to "I Love UT Week" towards the end of the Spring semester. Intramurals are also a big part of student involvement at UTK. I know so many people that participate in them, and there are so many different sports/clubs that students can be a part of.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is no atmosphere that compares to Neyland Stadium on a Saturday in the fall. 102,455 people singing "Rocky Top" in harmony to cheer on the Vols. 8-time National Championship Women's Basketball. Rocky Top is like no other.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: There is a belief throughout the school that we have to be the best in EVERYTHING. When I say everything I mean it. We as students never settle until we are the best at whatever it is we are doing.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: UTK has a great sports program.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students bleed orange for Rocky Top and the school spirit is unbelievable. Even if people never attended the school, the football game has all of Knoxville in Orange.

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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
Intramurals
  • 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 293 responses

  • 48% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 48% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 293 responses

  • 14% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 65% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 20% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 293 responses

  • 44% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 50% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 6% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

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