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Campus Quality


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2 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The housing and dining facilities are pretty bad, but everything else is okay.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The overall campus does not match at all, but I guess the unique buildings give the campus character. The labs that are used for working are great. The ones for classes, however, are not as advanced.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: First new building in 40 years is just now being built.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: There's plenty of locations for small study groups on campus and the workout facilities are kept in great condition.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Though parts of campus are very old, they add the character of tradition that UT is so widely known for. We're currently in the middle of a 14 year beautification project, so everything's coming along.

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The crème de la crème of facilities is still reserved for athletes. Most students have a mild abhorrence for athletes due to pampering by the University, and feel like athletes are provided with their own large campus "country club." The University does spend a few of the leftover dollars on facilities for students, and most of the students that use them are satisfied with their accessibility and quality.

Most of the academic buildings are rather old, but many have been renovated and brought up to some pretense of modernity. A university of this size suffers a lot of wear and tear. Anything new does not stay new for long, and no matter how hard they try to maintain facilities, some get worn and dirty quickly. While we still do not enjoy marble floors and Italian leather chairs in campus facilities, there have been many improvements over the last several years. UT is eternally a "work in progress," but it is certain athletics will remain top priority.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
550 acres
Student Centers
The University Center (UC)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • George F. DeVine Music Library
  • James D. Hoskins Library
  • Joel A. Katz Law Library
  • John C. Hodges Main Library
  • Preston Medical Library
  • Webster Pendergrass Agricultural-Veterinary Medicine Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • By the pool
  • In friends' dorm rooms
  • On the strip
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
The bottom level of the UC
Coffeehouse on Campus
Starbucks in the Hodges Library and in the University Center
Movie Theater on Campus
In the UC
  • Colors: UT's school colors, orange and white, were chosen by Charles Moore, president of the athletic association in 1889. According to Moore, he chose the colors after the orange and white daisies he saw growing on the Hill; it is possible that Moore was color blind, however, since no daisies of such colors are known to exist.
  • Mascots: The Volunteers get their name from one of Tennessee's most popular nicknames, "the Volunteer State." The nickname derives from the overwhelming number of Tennessee citizens volunteering for military service in past wars. Smokey, a bluetick coonhound, was instated as the official live UT mascot in 1953. The school chose a hound because the breed is native to Tennessee, and according to the UT Web site, the dog's "small stature and loud baying represent a unique combination."
Favorite Things To Do
Grab some food, go out for a coffee or beer depending on your preference and age, take an opportunity to work out, or take in a dollar movie at the UC. Basically, the options are there, it’s just a matter of going out and doing it. Play intramural flag football, soccer, softball, ultimate Frisbee, and basketball; swim laps at the Student Aquatic Center pool; and work out at the "Bubble."
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 174 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 82 responses

  • 19% The Rock
  • 14% Colors
  • 13% Vol Walk
  • 11% Volapalooza
  • 10% Mascots
  • 9% Home Games
  • 6% The band
  • 3% Sex Week
  • 2% Cultural Attractions Committee Events
  • 2% None, they are all sports related.
  • 1% MMP Pageant
  • 0% Vol Night Long
  • 0% Ignite Summit

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 79 responses

  • 29% Hang out with friends
  • 22% Football Games
  • 14% Hodges library
  • 9% Greek events
  • 7% Bars
  • 6% Being in the student athlete complex
  • 4% Volunteering Events
  • 4% Arts and Culture Events
  • 2% Center for Leadsrship and Service
  • 1% Study by the river
  • 1% Parties and sets

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 82 responses

  • 37% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 51% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 12% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 170 responses

  • 35% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 55% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 7% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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