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About the University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement with society. In all its activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The university welcomes and honors people of all races, ethnicities, genders, gender expressions, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, and values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity. The university intends that its graduates will promote the values and institutions of representative democracy, and be prepared to lead lives of personal integrity and civic responsibility.

The University of Tennessee was founded in 1794 and provides undergraduate, graduate and professional education for over 26,000 students. Great professors and students from throughout the world live and work in a friendly, safe campus community located in scenic East Tennessee. Among its many academic offerings, UT has an APA accredited Counseling Psychology program and Clinical Psychology program, both in the Department of Psychology. You can learn more about the University of Tennessee by visiting the UT website.

Knoxville Area

The university campus is located in the heart of Knoxville. Knoxville is the largest city in East Tennessee and ranks third largest in the state. The Cumberland Mountains (to the northwest) and the Great Smoky Mountains (to the southeast) help provide a moderate climate.

Photo of Great Smokey MountainsThe Great Smoky Mountains National Park, less than 60 minutes away, is the country’s most visited national park. Visitors enjoy the beauty and leisure activities that can be found there and at the numerous state parks, lakes and resorts which dot the area.

The Knoxville area is cited frequently in national surveys as a quality place to live. There is an array of educational and cultural opportunities available to area residents. Some additional benefits to working and living in Knoxville include lower cost of living, affordable health care, short commutes, and a pleasant climate with lakes and mountains nearby that create endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Other places of interest include: Dollywood, just 35 miles southeast of Knoxville; Nashville, less than a 3 hour drive west; and Atlanta, a 3 ½ hour drive south. See for more information about Knoxville and the surrounding area.