University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK)

Go, Big Orange! The University of Tennessee at Knoxville is home to one of the best athletic departments in the country. Founded in 1794, UTK is a land-grant, research-intensive university. UTK offers over 300 fields of study through its 11 colleges. Some of the university’s most popular major include Political Science, Psychology and Biology. Outside the classroom, students can get involved on campus through the more than 400 student groups. Among those student organizations are some of the National Pan-Hellenic fraternities and sororities. Activities include skydiving, movie nights, poetry slams and much more. UTK is committed to providing its students the ultimate college experience. It is UTK’s mission to “move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate the citizens of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world.”

Location: Knoxville, TN

Type of Institution: Four-year, land-grant university

Tuition and Fees:

     • In-State: $4,546

     • Out-of-State: $13,791

Size: 27,000+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 7%

Percentage of Men: 51%

Percentage of Women: 49%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 16:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate

Colleges/Schools: Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Architecture and Design; Arts and Sciences; Business Administration; Communication and Information; Education; Health and Human Sciences; Engineering; Law; Nursing; Social Work; Veterinary Medicine 

Housing: On-campus housing provided in 12 residence halls. All freshmen are required to stay on campus.


     • Greek: Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, Lambda Theta Alpha

     • Others: African Student Association, Black Cultural Programming Committee, Black Educators of Tomorrow, Black Law Student Association

Famous Black Grads/Faculty: Candace Parker, Reggie White, Kara Lawson, Allan Houston 

City Life: Big city, museums, art galleries, farmers markets, shopping, dining, nearby tourist attractions (Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Smokey Mountains). Citizens are very supportive of Tennessee Vols sports.