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Get to Know the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Why UT?

Welcome to UT, and thank you for your interest in our online bachelor’s degree completion program. Founded in 1794, UT is big on tradition, and we are proud of our humble beginnings as the first public university chartered west of the Appalachian Divide. Since then, we’ve made it our mission to embody excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. We have a seat for every student who is curious about the world around them and passionate about making an impact. Are you ready to join us?

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The global UT alumni network is more than 250,000 Volunteers strong, across all 50 states and in over 100 countries.

Mission and Vision

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The primary mission of the University of Tennessee is to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge, and enrich and elevate the citizens of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. We seek to establish the University of Tennessee as a top-tier public research university.


Our vision reflects a desire to contribute to the legacy of the university and its longstanding tradition of excellence. We must embrace our Volunteer identity and build on the strengths that differentiate us from our peers. In order to be successful, we must make a sustained commitment to improvement as part of our culture.


We are committed to creating a vibrant multicultural, multi-ethnic community where diverse students, faculty, and staff are recruited and retained, and where diverse ideas expand the way we think and move forward the bounds of what’s possible. Our goal is to develop graduates who can effectively work across differences and are prepared to live and work in a global society. At the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, we believe in creating a diverse student body because we believe this results in a richer educational experience.

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Military Friendly Silver School Award Badge, 2022 to 2023

Since 1897, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been continuously accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist, and doctoral degrees.

At UT we are committed to creating an exceptional learning environment for our community of Volunteers that meets the unique needs of each student. In recognition of this effort, UT has been acclaimed as a 2022-2023 Military Friendly Silver School. The award ranking reflects our institutional dedication to upholding academic policies, a campus culture, and financial aid and assistance options in support of the military community.

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