The University of Tennessee: Narrative Description

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Knoxville, TN 37996
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Tennessee System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's and first professional certificates. Founded 1794. Setting: 533-acre urban campus. Research spending 2003-04: $182.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $24,907 per student. Total enrollment: 27,764. Faculty: 1,557 (1,476 full-time, 81 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 10,832 applied, 44% were admitted. 29% from top 10% of their high school class, 56% from top quarter, 86% from top half. Full-time: 18,065 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 1,569 students, 52% women, 48% men. Students come from 56 states and territories, 101 other countries, 14% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 8% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 12% 25 or older, 37% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 78% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; psychology. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Knoxville College, Academic Common Market. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, specific high school units, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 11/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 1/15 for early action. Preference given to state residents, children of alumni.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $5376 full-time, $291 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,442 full-time, $835 per semester hour part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to location and program. Part-time tuition varies according to location and program. College room and board: $5398. College room only: $2710. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 350 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 15% of eligible men and 19% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Central Program Council, religious organizations, Volunteer Outreach for Leadership and Service, Student Government Association, dance marathon. Major annual events: homecoming, All-Sing, International Fair. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 7,337 college housing spaces available; 6,310 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. John C. Hodges Library plus 6 others with 24.4 million books, 3.8 million microform titles, 17,628 serials, 175,541 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $17 million. 1,500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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