Knoxville, TN
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville


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Recent Reviews

Jennifer
What is your overall opinion of this school?

UTK may be a big school, but we're all family here. People in Knoxville will do anything to help the students here. The Adm...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UTK may be a big school, but we're all family here. People in Knoxville will do anything to help the students here. The Administration treats us fairly and there is a massive amount of school pride.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body is fairly diverse, but it is some what segregated. Different races/ethnicities -- as a whole -- choose not to mix with each other (for instance, the black people on campus will rarely mix with the white people on campus).

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

A lot of people feel like UTK students are huge party kids that don't work hard.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Absolutely not. I've met some of the smartest people I know here and I know a good number of people that don't party.

What are the academics like at your school?

The professors at UTK are amazing! They are all very knowledgeable about their particular areas of study and will do anything they can to help the students out.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Sororities and Fraternities are pretty big on campus (something like 35% of the campus is Greek); however, that doesn't mean you HAVE to be in one, because plenty of people aren't. There's always something going, whether it's a cookout in Presidential Courtyard or a party on the strip.

Ali
What is your overall opinion of this school?

School pride. Is there a lot of school pride? We're the VOLS. How can that even be a question? Man oh man. Not only is o...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

School pride. Is there a lot of school pride? We're the VOLS. How can that even be a question? Man oh man. Not only is our football team known across the country, not only are our Lady VOLS basketball team known across the country, not only is Rocky Top one of the best known (and most overplayed---to others) college fight songs, but the students really do bleed orange. I haven't come across one student who doesn't have pride for the VOLS. We get hated on a lot, but we always know how to stand up for ourselves... and having the Lady VOLS and our men's basketball team having done well this year it's pretty easy to show others how awesome we are.

Describe the students at your school.

We're diverse. Sure the majority is made up of white-middle class-Tennesseans... but there is a little bit of everyone here. I haven't seen any discrimination towards one group or another, but I'm sure it happens. However, I doubt it's that bad because we're from the south, therefore generally kind.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

PI BETA PHI IS THE BEST SORORITY. and we need that donation!!!

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

country hicks, rednecks, partiers

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

What did I do last weekend? We are very fortunate to have plenty of restaurants that have built up around the campus. Knoxville is a city built around the university, rather than a university placed in the middle of a city. We are also very fortunate to have plenty of movie theaters around as well. I went out to eat with a couple of my sorority sisters to Calhoun's on the River... which is the in the top three restaurants you must go to if you're ever in Knoxville. I later went to the movies with my boyfriend... and my friends went to see the same movie earlier. So later on when we all met up at a party we could discuss it. Plenty of the people were drinking, but a few of us weren't, and there was no pressure to drink, and there never is. People are nice to you and welcoming no matter what your situation and beliefs. Winner winner chicken dinner.

What are the academics like at your school?

I think one misunderstanding of UTK is that we're not as greatly focused on education as some private schools may be. I went to Lehigh University, a private school in Bethlehem, which is placed among Yale and Cornell, etc. last year and transferred back home to Tennessee, here. Surprisingly, I found UTK to be just as difficult, if not more so, than Lehigh. A lot of students here are smarter than we get credit for and the education at UTK is the number one thing people are focused here, no matter what others hear.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

no. there are a few rednecks here and there, and we do like to party, but it's not as heavy as the stereotypes make it to be.

Emmerson
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Most people get a big smile on their face when I tell them I go to the University of Tennessee. MOst often times this is fol...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Most people get a big smile on their face when I tell them I go to the University of Tennessee. MOst often times this is followed by a question about football or Bruce Pearl. Campus life is good; there is always something going on that you can get involved with. The administration at UT is fairly good. There is always someone willing to give you extra help, although it may not be your professor. There is alot of diveristy on campus, which is great until you have a teacher that you cannot understand. The advising service is not very good, but students also do not activley persue career services like they should. I love the college town, but safety can be a problem. Overall, I cannot think of another school that would be better for me.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body is very diverse. Everyone is generally accepted into their own groups. Clicks and groups seem to fade away during athletic events though, and everyone unites as one under the orange pride we all seem to have. Most people are from in state, but there is also a high percentage of out of state people and international students. I would say the best kind of person to choose UT would be someone who is looking for the whole package. UT is a balanced school with focuses on many areas of life, both serious and fun, and I think a student solely focused on one area of life might feel out of place here.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The greek like if strong on campus, but you do not have to be greek to partake in social events and make a statement. Intramurals are very popular. There are man political groups that get together to inform the student body and also have protests. The are hundreds of volunteer organizations to get involved with as well. Basically, there is something to do at all hours of the day in just about any activity you could want.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

The first one is not. The second one is somewhat true. Many students just do not want to overload themselves with the hours necessary to graduate in time.

What are the academics like at your school?

Most of my undergraduate classes were huge, ranging from 300-600 students. Professors were typically willing to help you out if you can to office hours and made yourself an active part of lecture. There are tons of groups students can join to stimulate their minds and advance their aducation outside of just the classroom. Academics are very competitive at UT, especially when it comes time to seek acceptance into the college of your major. UT encourages internships and actively seeking experience to better prepare you for life after college.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Many people think since we are from the south we are less educated. The Univeristy is known fo the "Big Orange Screw" and makes it hard for students to graduate within four years.

Katie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

the best thing is that I have met so many friends through my past two years. My school is just the right size. You have to ma...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

the best thing is that I have met so many friends through my past two years. My school is just the right size. You have to make a large school small by finding small groups to match your interests.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body is a mixture of every race. I have met people from India, and some from California, and even some from China. So everyone is mixed in.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Parties are usually Thursday or friday/Saturday nights. At a party that does not involve drinking you can mingle, watch movies, meet people who are close to what you like, really anything you can think of. Plus there is not alot of pressure to drink at UTK.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

frats guy...to a point but the girls no!

What are the academics like at your school?

I know all my teachers names, and my favorite class is child psychology. It is so interesting and easy to get involved and stay interested in. Students are very compeitive and everyone wants the best grades possible.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

frat guys are drunks and soroity girls are whores

Meg
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think the size of our school is just right; I love it here and had always wanted to come. Most people are very proud to go...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think the size of our school is just right; I love it here and had always wanted to come. Most people are very proud to go here, and many of our athletic programs have done very well this year, which will definitely benefit the school. One thing that I would love to see change is the way all student organizations are treated; I would love to have equal opportunities for all student organizations. My experience here has been a positive one in pretty much every aspect the university has to offer. I am very pleased with the education I am receiving.

Describe the students at your school.

Students are pretty laid back here, with dress and attire. But they show up for class which is more important. I think most students are polotically aware of things these days, and no matter what their view or opinion is, at least they have one.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I am a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, and this is where I have met my closest friends. I love the philinthropic activities the greek system has to offer.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

We have guest speakers in my social work classes, people in my dorms leave their doors open.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

I feel that the way UTK students behave are identical to how others behave at most all other universities. Students at UTK are very studious and they have to be. Most of the majors here have high requirements, especially the business school, nursing school, and law school.

What are the academics like at your school?

I love the college of social work, and I have come to find, in the huge GenEd classes, if you take the time to know your teacher, they will take the time to help you. The college of social work is one of the top 20 in the country, and my professors take pride in what they teach us.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Huge partiers, the girls sleep around, not into academics.

Hannah
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think my school is too large because its size inhibits students from talking to eachother because each person is so imtimid...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think my school is too large because its size inhibits students from talking to eachother because each person is so imtimidated by the amount of people. It requires joining some of kind of socialized group to attain friends.

Describe the students at your school.

UTK is very diverse. No student would feel out of place, unless they are just extremely shy.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Greeks are a minority on our campus so the social life varies with each student. Different people are partying every night.

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics at UT, for myself, are quite easy. My teachers are fairly nice which makes it easier for me to approach them if I have a problem.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Kind of. It doesn't apply to everyone

Zoe
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Ut is pretty big, football obsessed and most people look foward to football season all year. Academics, depending on your maj...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Ut is pretty big, football obsessed and most people look foward to football season all year. Academics, depending on your major are hard, harder than some other schools.

Describe the students at your school.

I feel as though the vast majority of female students are in a sorority, while less boys are. Most students seem very enthusiastic UT football fans. Some students seem like they are only concerned with procuring their degree

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Party all the time, heavy drinkers

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Not at all, although some people do this is a minority

What are the academics like at your school?

Most of my classes are huge, over two hundred people. Because of this, professors are unable to develop relationships with students. I see this as a challenge to get recommendations for grad school and med school.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Sororitys and Fraternity s are very popular on campus. My residence hall is extreamley unfriendly however, I feel as though no one on my floor knows anyone else living there.

Emily
What is your overall opinion of this school?

One thing I'd change about UT is the administration and campus police. The campus police do not protect us as much as they sa...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

One thing I'd change about UT is the administration and campus police. The campus police do not protect us as much as they say. Mostly their job is to write tickets for the students not parked in the right places. Since there is no close parking to anything its hard for students to run into a building to turn something in and get back in their car. UTK is a large school but that is one of the factors that led me to choose this school. I spend most of my time on campus in the library or my friend's dorm rooms. It could be more of a college town if the under-developed areas were made safer and more friendly, more shops and resturants on the strip and so on. I believe there is a lot of school pride and resentment against the administration. Moist frequent student complaints other than about class are about the campus police.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body is mostly white and Tennessee or southern based. There are other types of people but not as much as many other colleges in bigger cities or more diverse areas.

What are the academics like at your school?

I think the academics are decent on campus. The academics are challenging but not impossible.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Orange Nation and Greek life are very popular organizations around campus. Most of the time dorm room doors are closed, its not the safest environment. Athletic events are VERY popular. especially since it is free to go to the events which is a HUGE help. It definately encourages student involvement in athletics.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

southern football school, preppy girls and guys, all pretty, skinny, and alcoholics. Party A LOT

Liz
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I wouldn't really change anything

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I wouldn't really change anything

Describe the students at your school.

I don't feel out of place but I am also the majority

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Sororities-15% of the student body but greek life controls a lot

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