University of Tennessee FAQ: Find Out More About UTK


Whether you’re thinking about attending the University of Tennessee or being a new student, you probably have many questions about UTK.

Hey, even returning undergraduate or graduate students may have more questions about the institution. Our ultimate list of student FAQs is sure to answer your questions.

1. Where is UTK located?

The main campus for the research university is in Knoxville, TN.

2. What county is UT in?

UTK is located in Knox County, TN.

3. When was the University of Tennessee founded?

UTK was founded in 1794 as Blount College and was renamed UT in 1879.

4. How many campuses does the University of Tennessee have?

UT has 5 campuses across the state.

5. Where are all of UT’s campuses?

UT has a college campus in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Pulaski, Martin, and has the Health Science Center in Memphis.

6. What are UTK’s colors?

While Tennessee orange is the signature color of the university, white and smokey are the complementing colors.

8. What is the University of Tennessee’s mascot?

While UTK has 3 mascots, the most well-known is Smokey. The other two are Junior Smokey and Davy Crockett.

9. Is UTK a good university?

In a 2021 U.S. News and World Report, UTK ranked 52nd among all public universities and 112th nationally. Therefore, UTK is a good option for undergraduates and graduate students offering exceptional educational opportunities.

10. Is UTK hard to get into?

UTK has a selective admission process with high academic requirements. CollegeSimply shows UTK having a 79% acceptance rate.

11. Is UTK a test optional school?

As you may have thought with the university’s high academic requirements, UTK is not a test optional school. Therefore, you must submit your admission test scores when applying to UT. However, the school has temporarily suspended requiring test results through Fall 2025 due to the pandemic.

12. How many students attend UTK?

There is a 17 to 1 faculty to student ratio at UTK. In Fall 2020, UT enrolled 24,254 undergraduate and 6,305 graduate and professional students.

13. How much does it cost to go to UTK?

The yearly in-state tuition for undergraduates is currently $13,244 and out-of-state tuition is $31,664. For graduate students, in-state tuition is currently $13,380 and out-of-state is $31,798. However, your cost could be higher if enrolled in a specialized program, such as law or veterinary medicine, so you should check the cost of UT’s website.

14. How do I pay my UTK tuition?

The most convenient way to pay your UTK tuition is online. However, you can also mail your payment or stop by the Office of the Bursar in the Student Services Building.


Neyland Stadium is the home to the Tennessee Vols and is located on the banks of the Tennessee River.

15. Can I pay my UTK tuition late?

If you do not pay your tuition on time, you must enroll in the Deferred Payment Plan at UTK. It is available for students in good financial standing having a balance of $50 or more. There is a $30 service charge when using the service and if students haven’t paid at least 50% of their changes by the due date are automatically enrolled in DDP for a $40 fee.

16. How long does it take UTK to disburse financial aid refunds?

If you receive scholarships or other financial aid, you may be entitled to a refund for the amount beyond your tuition expense. Usually, financial aid refunds are processed and sent out within the first month of the semester.

17. When is UTK’s application deadline?

Admission for the following Fall semester opens on August 1st. The regular application deadline is mid-December.

18. Does UTK have rolling admissions?

Yes, after mid-February UTK releases admission decisions on a rolling basis.

19. When does the University of Tennessee send acceptance letters?

For students applying by the mid-December deadline, you’ll be notified of an admission decision by mid-February.

20. When is UTK orientation?

Check the New Student Orientation website to register for upcoming orientations as New Vol orientation dates vary by semester.

21. When should I apply for classes at UTK?

Registration is based on your student classification, so you should apply as soon as you’re eligible to ensure you get into any required courses.

21. What is my University of Tennessee ID?

Known as your VolCard, your university ID is used for identification purposes and to access goods and services you’re entitled to.

22. What academics is UTK known for?

According to U.S. News, the top majors at UTK are

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
  • Engineering
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, and Kinesiology
  • Social Sciences
  • Health Professions

23. Does UT have a medical school?

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine is a nationally recognized program. However, it is part of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine on the Memphis and Chattanooga campuses.

24. Does UTK have a nursing program?

Yes, UT nursing is nationally ranked and internationally recognized.

25. Does UTK have a dental school?

While it’s not at the Knoxville campus, UT does have a College of Dentistry in Memphis, TN.

28. Where is UTK’s football stadium?

Neyland Stadium is the home to the Tennessee Vols and is located on the banks of the Tennessee River.

27. Is UTK in a safe neighborhood? recently ranked the University of Tennessee at 279 on their safest colleges in America list.

28. Do freshmen have to live on-campus at UTK?

Yes, first-year students are required to live on-campus for a quality first-year experience.

29. When can you live off-campus at UTK?

Transfer students or returning UTK students are not required to live on-campus.

30. Are there off-campus housing options at UT?

Off-campus housing is a great option for students who don’t want to deal with dorm rooms or on-campus living situations. You have options for off-campus living, and one of the top picks by UTK students is the Commons at Knoxville.

Reach out to us with your off-campus living questions and explore if our student apartments could be the right fit for your University of Tennessee journey.