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  • 07/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 out of 42 people found this review useful. 1 of 232

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy a challenge. Students who want to succeed. Students who are looking for opportunities to internship and work closely with faculty. Students who enjoy social activities, and students who want to feel like they are a part of a big ORANGE family.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and look for scholarship opportunities. Housing is also important. I would advise to live on campus as a freshmen. It is a great way to meet new people and friends. Continue to work hard in high school. UT keeps raising their standards as years go by. For the most part, be yourself, and let the person you are shine through on the application. :-)

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition at UT is relatively cheap compared to other schools in the state. While it is not Vandy, the education is what you make of it. As I always say, My high school had drop-outs and people who ended up at Princeton, the education is what you want it to be. It is the same story at UT

    Am enjoying being here

    For the most part, UT is an enjoyable place to study, live, and learn. Found in the heart of Knoxville, the campus has some urban feel to it, while still remaining true to its Southern heritage. Greek life is big on campus, but there are also many other clubs and societies to join on campus. Dorm life also helps new students find their niche.

    Am learning a lot

    I have completed a total of 34 hours at the UT campus. So far, I have learned a lot from my professors. While some classes are huge (200+), others allow for one-on-one time with other students and faculty. Even in the 200+ classes, discussion sections are set up so students can interact with T.A.s, feel more comfortable asking questions, and to learn more about the material.

  • 07/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 out of 23 people found this review useful. 2 of 232

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    U.T. is a great option for any student who is willing to do at least half of the work to get the grade. It is an especially good option for undecided students because U.T. Knoxville curriculum is designed so that when you decide upon a major you do not have extra credit that you do not need, and U.T. career services has division especially for undecided students to help them decide upon a major. The career services also provides help when you wish to find a job on or off campus, so anyone wanting to work while in school would do well in choosing U.T. Knoxville.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best tip for students looking at going to UT. Knoxville is to do a college visit because that is the only way you can really get a feel of the campus and the students that go there. Another great thing about U.T. Knoxville is Black board do not wait to get your user name and password straightened out because almost every teacher will post notes, homework assignments, or upcoming events that you will need to be aware of. The last tip is to make friends with your R.A it will come in very handy through the year.

    Bang for the buck

    U.T. Knoxville may be a bit on the pricey side of state run schools but with the HOPE scholarship and the quality of education that is being offered the slight difference in price is not an issue.

    Am enjoying being here

    This time away from all of my high school friends and my family has allowed me to step outside my comfort zone and meet many new people one of which I will be rooming with next year.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much more about mathematics than I ever did in high school I finally learned how to add and subtract negative numbers.

  • 12/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 17 people found this review useful. 3 of 232

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The University of Tennessee is great for in-state students because of the HOPE scholarship. It's great for students who want to experience living on their own with the comfort of still being able to visit home for the weekend if they so desire. It's a school with a lot of people, so if you're looking for the most personal academic attention, it's probably not your best bet. It's wonderful for students who want to live in a moderately-sized city with lots to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're going to take a night class, be sure you have the motivation to go to it. Make sure to sell your books back at the end of the semester, ideally at a place other than UT's official bookstore because they pay the best. The library is a great resource for information, so utilize the library and the nice librarians! Talk to your professors and go to their office hours. It's nice to get to know them, especially if they can serve as a mentor for you, and it shows them you truly care about your education. Do all your homework before going out with friends, so you can socialize without the guilt! Talk to your academic advisers often. College is definitely an adjustment, and you will grow as a person.

    Bang for the buck

    The university costs, all in all, about $20,000 a year. It's very reasonable for a good public school and I have not come across any hidden fees so far. UT has a well-organized scholarship section on the website, so definitely check there for official financial updates, along with checking websites like Cappex as ways to make more money. Books are expensive, and you'll need all the help you can get!

    Am enjoying being here

    Knoxville is a truly eclectic city, with something for everyone. There is truly a club for every interest on campus, from clubs focusing on photography to environmental issues to LGBT rights to badminton. Things are always happening on campus, and since most freshman live on campus, it's very easy to make friends! Downtown Knoxville, a short walk or drive from the campus, has so much to offer, including a Cereal Bar, serving hundreds of types of cereal until the wee hours of the night. There are lots of music shows at many venues, especially The Valarium, around town. And, of course, there are always sports to watch!

    Am learning a lot

    College learning is amazingly different from high school learning in all the best ways! I just completed my first semester at the University of Tennessee and found I wanted to wake up and walk to class every day. I am an English minor and there are English classes on every topic imaginable, such as technology involved in science fiction, feminism, and detective stories. I had a very interesting math class, focused on the fourth dimension and a spectacular intro to journalism class (CCI 150) that gave me a wonderful overview of the field I hope to go into one day.

  • 07/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 12 people found this review useful. 4 of 232

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -A positive attitude makes a difference; it helps you get through each day. -Being respectful to your professors and classmates is a beneficial way to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Make sure you get to know your teachers; you don't want to be just a number, you want to stand out from your classmates. -Attend classes regularly; you never know when you will have a POP quiz or when the teachers take attendance.(It really counts as a part of your grade) -STUDYING is an important part of the college life. It really helps if you study at least 2 weeks in advance and right after you leave your classes; reviewing helps you remember.(Make a study group) -Get involved in student and community organizations; it shows you are a well balanced student. -Get a tutor if you REALLY need help; they are actually benefical and can help you for your test.

  • 10/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 12 people found this review useful. 5 of 232

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to have fun, learn a lot, meet new people, gain memories and be apart of something bigger than themselves. These are the type of students that prosper here. There is not one type of person here. If you are a preppy type, jock, goth, gangsta it doesn't matter. You will find friends and will fit in. There are so many different types of people here. As long as you fit the first sentence the University of Tennessee is for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don’t waste one second being unhappy and get involved with everything that interests you. Remember that everyone is in the same boat you are. Finding new friends, being independent from your parents, living in a new place, and making your own decisions are all characteristics of every college freshman. Don’t be scared, instead, be outgoing and open to the extraordinary. Many things will change you within your first year, but always be happy with who you are and who you become. Listen as well as communicate, attend events that interest you, get involved with some type of organization, be open to new ideas and always put school work first. You are first and foremost attending college to learn. College is about the experience and at the University of Tennessee you will get that experience so long as you soak it up.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out of state student and tuition is not cheap. You will never regret going here and spending the money, it is just expensive. However for an in-state student it is a pretty good match. There are a lot of aid and scholarship's for in-state students. As far as the out-of-state students go, hang in there. We will have prestigious jobs that pay well when we graduate that can help with paying back the debt.

    Am enjoying being here

    UT has one of the most unique aspects about it that makes being a student here so enjoyable. The spirit at the University of Tennessee is like nothing I have ever seen. Everyone, students, faculty, allumni, community all have pride for the Vols. It brings us all together and once you go here you will forever bleed orange. It is just something you have to experience and it makes being a Vol so enjoyable.

    Am learning a lot

    At the University of Tennessee, classes are not just a joke. I enjoy going to most of my classes. the professors are involved with their students and I feel that I have learned a lot. However, a good portion of what I have learned has not just come from classes. The experience you get here at UT is one that helps each individual grow in their own ways. I have learned more about myself in the past two years here then anything else. I do not believe you will get an experience like that anywhere else. UT has many opportunities for students to succeed, you just have to soak it all up.

  • 06/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 6 of 232

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If I said all, it'd be a lie, but it would also be a lie if I didn't. UT, like any college, is a choice of preference. The teachers care, the work is as easy or as hard as you make, the environment is a prestigious, tradition-filled one. Everyone that's there has a drive to be there. If you're not a big campus person though and you want a small school, UT may not be right because the campus has a lot of walking room and a lot of hills to cover. But even then, the campus has buses running all the time. But if you can overlook the crowd and size factor, UT is a great and highly recommended learning facility, and I wouldn't tell anyone any different.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Be prepared: If you're one of those kids in high school like I was, studying isn't your favorite thing to do. College is a BIG step up and studying will make every class fly by easier. -Communicate: Don't be afraid to be that kid who answers all the questions. You're in college to learn, and it really helps the teachers to know that you're learning, not just sitting there dead like everyone else can be at 8 in the morning. -Socialize: It's college and you only live once. But do it wisely. Like your parents always warned you, watch out for the bad crowd. But make friends! College is an entirely different atmosphere than high school in that, for the most part, cliques are ignored! And having a good group of friends takes a load of stress off your shoulders when finals come around, or when you just need to talk. Plus, it's always great to be in the crowd that's going nuts on gameday. -Again, be prepared: Nobody likes 8am courses. But chances are that you might have to take them because it's the only class open and you need it. But avoid that mindset. Instead think, It's 8am. All those annoying people that distract me aren't in here. It's all the smarter students that WANT to be here, those people who have the passion to do their work and follow their career choice. This may not be my best subject, but these people can help me and it'll be a lot easier for me to learn.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to most universities, UT is very affordable. Room and board is relatively inexpensive as well, so for the out-of-state student, or for the in-state student that just wants out of the house, UT gives you a great living environment for what it's worth. The classrooms are set up amazingly with a lot of state-of-the-art technology. And I'm always amazed by the selection of books in the library that are just there for all of us students -- and it's free! UT is definitely worth going to because it's not just affordable, but there are so many free services available to all students.

    Am enjoying being here

    UTK is my home away from home. I miss being there and being able to socialize with my friends, as well as just find my own personal me space to go study or practice. The music facilities are top-notch, especially since the music building is under construction and they've had to acquire makeshift facilities. The band truly is spectacular and I always recommend UT above any school because of the comfortable learning environment and the school's deep-rooted traditions.

    Am learning a lot

    When I went to UT for a tour, I already had in mind that I wanted to go there, but the guides made the statement that they let you select your own major, basically design it how you want it, and that there are a vast number of alternative courses for core requirements. If it weren't for the alternatives, I don't think I would learn nearly as much about what I want to learn about.

  • 05/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 7 of 232

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UT is a great school for anyone, no exceptions! Everyone can find their place at UT. They have a very diverse and intelligent student body. You do have to be able to keep yourself grounded and focused and be very responsible about your grades. Other than that everyone will welcome you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard! Ut does not mess around when it comes to academics. The professors and classes are not easy. The best thing that worked out for me was everything we went over in class that day, study the material until you feel comfortable. Another tip is stay away from the parties, alcohol, and drugs. Unfortunately UT has become a bit of a party school so do not let it interfere with your studies. Keep yourself grounded and focused, and you will come out just fine

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Tennessee's in state tuition is some of the cheapest I have researched, and with them offerin tons of scholarships to current and future students, they are fairly cheap. Most students that attend UT have their entire school paid for by aid, grants, and scholarships through UT.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something to do a UT, wether its a club organizations, greek life, or going out on the strip. Theres is never a moment of boredom and the people that you meet on campus are fantastic as well as the staff. It is by far the most friendly campus i have been to

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Tennessee has a grueling science program. They have one of the most challenging science programs in the South, but the teachers are willing to help you out with anything and they are very flexible. If you are majoring in any sciences or engineering, you will get the most out of your education at UT. Go vols!

  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 8 people found this review useful. 8 of 232

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    The University of Tennessee at Knoxville is a great school. This university is very different from high school. In order to succeed you will have to give 110 percent. There are many places and people at the university that are there to help students and provide them with help in any way you made need it.

    Am learning a lot

    At University of Tennessee at Knoxville you will learn a lot if you try. If you do not try to study and learn your material then you will not succeed.

  • 12/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 9 of 232

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UT is a place for students to learn and have fun. The academics are excellent for the studious type like myself. The athletics program is great for anyone interested in playing or just watching. With so many opportunities to get involved, everyone can find a group of people that might turn out to be lifelong friends. I know from my experience on campus that once I graduate, I will have many new friends with whom I will most certainly stay in contact.

    Tips for prospective students

    Anyone wishing to attend UT should make sure they are comfortable with a university having a fairly large number of students. Even though there are many students that attend UT, the class sizes are small. In fact, some of my college classes have been smaller than classes in high school. Working hard and asking questions is essential to succeeding not only here but anywhere. Take a campus tour to get to know the campus a little better. See if you can talk to a student currently enrolled to find out even more about the campus because information from other students might be more beneficial than any pamphlet you receive.

    Bang for the buck

    UT is more expensive than other public schools in Tennessee, but I feel like the quality of education you receive is far greater than other universities. As a math major, I know that the math faculty at UT is one of the best. Every math teacher I have had is making great strides not only in his teaching, but also his area of research. If the student is willing to work hard, the teachers will do whatever they can to help you succeed.

    Am enjoying being here

    I was able to attend the governor's school for the sciences before I came to UT which was beneficial in learning the campus, meeting new people, and adjusting to the college classroom experience. Now that I am a student at UT, I am enjoying that experience even more. I am in the marching band which allows me to meet new people every day. With so many different organizations on campus, I think that anyone can find where they fit in at UT.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a sophomore this year, and even with just three semesters under my belt, I feel like I have learned a full four year's worth of material. Every teacher I have had thus far is both knowledgeable in their field and capable of teacher the material to college students. I took twenty hours this semester with great success due to my study habits and my teachers' enthusiasm to make sure each student learned.

  • 12/26/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 10 of 232

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    - Outgoing: There are a lot of people on campus. Speak up for what you need and want. Also, being outgoing will enable you to make many friends. - Motivated: With so much going on around campus, students need to be able to keep themselves focused on where they need to be. - Spirited: UT is all about Vol Pride. On or off the field, life on campus is so much fun if you get into the spirit of things. Thousands of students and fans become a family while singing Rocky Top!

    Tips for prospective students

    - Make friends. They provide reliable help in classes and friendly faces around campus. - Explore. Walk around campus in your free time and get a feel for where everything is. Be familiar with all the buildings, even if you have no classes there. You never know where you'll end up next semester, and it lowers stress to know where you're going before classes start up. - Ask for help. This applies to all aspects of UT. Struggling in class? Get a tutor! They're free! Need advice? Counselors are there for you. Making an academic plan? Advisors are available all the time. Need money for school? Talk to the financial aid department any time. - Learn the traditions. UT is rich with traditions. Learn Rocky Top, paint The Rock, and check out the Torchbearer. Learning about the meanings behind these and participating will add memorable experiences to your time here and bring you together with others, both past and present. - Have fun! Enjoy your years at UT and have a blast, but stick to your goals.

    Bang for the buck

    With reasonable tuition rates and ample financial aid opportunities, UT is an excellent value. Whether it is need-based, academic, or athletic aid, there are so many opportunities for help. There is no reason that you could not find generous amounts of money if you make an effort.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love everything about UT. There is so much diversity and activity around campus. There is always something to do or see, and there is an organization or group for every interest. It has been my experience that the people are generally friendly and helpful, from school officials to the custodial staff. Students are willing to lend a hand or just sit and chat. My favorite aspect, though, has to be the spirit! Knoxville is definitely a football town, and the atmosphere is always alive with Big Orange pride. Even where sports aren't concerned, everyone is proud to be a Vol!

    Am learning a lot

    In my first year at UT, I have already learned so much. General Education and elective requirements allow for personal choice in most subjects, so you can explore new topics that you may usually not have gotten the chance to learn about. I have found that my professors are all very informed about their subjects and cover relevant material thoroughly. Even in subjects that I thought I had little interest in before beginning, I have found myself learning a lot and enjoying the class. We have several nationally recognized programs and a huge selection of majors and minors.

  • 01/28/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 7 people found this review useful. 2 people found this inaccurate. 11 of 232

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Social, carefree, self-reliant, partying, athletic, into forensics (Body Farm located here), not extremely serious about academics, humanities majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research/Sort your priorities: Make sure big is what you want and that you are ready academically and mentally to be on your own (since you will often be teaching yourself) Talk to your UT friends or find a current student: Get your questions answered! Never go into a college blind. Find a roommate before it's too late: The types of students here range from loud, social, and night-owls to quiet, studious, and early-birds. Find someone who will operate on a schedule similar to yours and from whom you will learn, grow, and relate.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state tuition, you can't beat the pricetag. An education is offered along with many facilities not offered to private schools (however inaccessible), and the athletics kindle a unity on campus that truly feels like college. The city of Knoxville is very metropolitan, so there are many activities available off-campus. However, qualities of students and faculty are sacrificed along with prestige and competitiveness in graduate schools.

    Am enjoying being here

    For students interested in the quintessential college experience of booze, Greek life, and football/basketball, Tennessee is the place for you. With an exciting yet unpredictable SEC football team and many social events throughout Knoxville, UT is an energetic campus. However, if you don't enjoy partying 24/7 and would prefer quiet relaxation, you will be miserable. The dorms are usually loud, especially Hess, and even the library is noisy. Furthermore, the more studious types will be so overloaded with busy work from class, that escape from a study place is nearly impossible.

    Am learning a lot

    While UT is an academic institution, most funding goes to the athletic department. This is evident in the quality of professors. Some classes are very large, and most of them require you do a little self-teaching. Very few of my professors have offered very enlightening lectures; most lecturers highlight the surface of the topic, yet you will be tested over the depth of it. I have, however, had a few professors with whom I learned and clicked. When you come across those educators, hold on to them! Take other courses they teach if in your major(s)/minor(s).

  • 03/10/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 12 of 232

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Although UTK is a bit expensive for those of us coming from out of state, the plethora of scholarship opportunities is hardly discouraging. There is an opportunity for everyone at UTK.

    Will enjoy being here

    The people on campus and off are amazing, I have never in my life met such kind people! Everyone at U.T. is very helpful, I am going on my official guided 'tour' in April, however, my first visit to U.T. I went on a self-guided tour with my family. My first visit was a bit overwhelming, but a few students took the time out of their busy schedules to show me some of their favorite spots! Go Vols!

    Will learn a lot

    UT is one of the best universities to attend for a student who is undecided on their major/minor, etc. I began seriously considering UT with 3 possible majors in mind, three opposites: Law, Nursing, and Intelligence - all three of which UT offers. I have heard many times that UTK is the best place to go because of its sheer size and its generous amounts of classes/groups/majors available to each student. I have officially decided, UT is the college for me, and nursing will be my major when I apply in November!

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 13 of 232

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Certain areas near campus can be rough, but nothing too scary. You're in the downtown area of a major city, so all things considered it's pretty safe. Just use your common sense! A free night shuttle is included in your tuition, so make use of that! Just call them up and they'll be by in minutes to take you where you need to go so you never have to go out alone at night,

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge at UTK, but you don't have to join to have a social life like at some other SEC schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more clubs and groups than you'll know what to do with. Definitely something for everybody. Academic, college-specific (Nursing vs. Engineering, etc.), political, fine arts, and of course tail-gating are just a few options.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone. The campus is the perfect mix of city (it's downtown) and country (you're in the Appalachian Mountains so some good open greenery is never far away). There are some easier majors but also plenty of challenging ones with plenty of research/internship opportunities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well there's a big rock (aptly named The Rock) that students paint to announce everything from football games to wedding proposals.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive, no doubt. But the education you get combined with all the social opportunities is simply a steal. Plus they are constantly working to make the campus and classes better, so you see your money being put to good use, not just spent on staff salaries.

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything. There's more sporting events than you'll know what to do with, and they're all fun to go to because the school spirit is through the roof. There are lots of concerts that come through, many even on campus in Thompson-Boling Arena. There are two malls nearby (driving) and every kind of restaurant you can think of (at least 20 within walking distance). Market Square and World's Fair Park are two things every UT student MUST experience. And there are countless parks and stuff nearby for the outdoorsy people.

    Food and Dining

    It's dorm food. It's going to suck. But there are plenty of options so you can switch things up and usually find something that isn't too cafeteria-like. Just go easy on the Dining Dollars- make sure you ration them out.

    Dorm Life

    Honestly not bad. It's a college dorm, so it's not going to be 5-star luxury, but as far as dorms go I think UTK has some of the nicest options.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Tennessee is on the fast track to be a top school in the nation, so as a result, those professors mean business. They're not over-the-top or anything, but the classes (in general) are challenging. Compared to high school, college classes are definitely more demanding because there are fewer opportunities to earn grades, and you have to motivate yourself to do it all. Overall, nothing you can't handle as long as you understand some work is involved.

    Tips for prospective students

    Morrill Hall is definitely the nicest (not the biggest, but the nicest) but Clement Hall or Massey Hall will give you the shortest walking distances to class (unless you're going to be on the Ag campus, in which case you'll want Morrill or Carrick). Don't be too proud to ask for help- college classes are an adjustment no matter how diligent and intelligent you are, and it's better to get help from the start rather than scrambling at the end of the semester.

    In three sentences

    My freshman year at the University of Tennessee has been absolutely amazing. The campus is gorgeous, especially for being in downtown Knoxville, and there's so much to do in the area. The tuition is a little steep and classes were definitely a challenge, but the staff really works with you to help you succeed.

  • 06/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 232

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who keep up with their classwork. Students who know how to study properly. Students who can be flexible with diverse assignments (different paper formats, websites, etc) Students who want to really broaden their horizons and earn a degree that is only earned, not just given out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early on to both the school and for financial aid! UT is really good at helping pay for school if you really need it. Living on campus is highly recommended if you want to avoid dense traffic on a daily basis and especially recommended for your first year (it's a great experience!). Obtain a parking pass early if possible to avoid getting many tickets (the campus patrolmen are really good at finding cars without tags), and either rent your books or buy them early on to avoid book store lines (unless you're not sure if you'll need every book for your classes)

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition isn't so bad for the quality of learning! If you're an in-school student, finding financial aid through grants and scholarships like the HOPE are quick and simple. One of my friends who attends from out of state said it's more challenging trying to pay tuition to go to UT, but the scholarships ARE out there. You just have to look for them.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have made plenty of friends during my college career just by meeting them through my courses or extracurricular activities. The best part about UT is that if you want to be around all the partying, it's easy to find; but if you want to avoid the parties and get to a nice quiet place to focus on your studies, that is just as easy! Many people talk about how they don't like how UT is all about partying, or the Greek life, but if you don't want to be a part of all of that, you don't have to. It's a large enough campus to where you can make it the school you want it to be for you. You can even virtually create you own major if the school doesn't already have it.

    Am learning a lot

    Every class is challenging but not impossible. While some teachers don't seem to care about their students, there are plenty who care about your advancement at the university. A large amount of the professors I've had at UT have been very helpful and even punctual in replying to me if I've e-mailed them with a question or for clarification. The subject matter of most classes is moderately challenging, but if you can find the way of studying that works best for you, you will be fine. The more time you devote to a class, the more you will learn during your enrollment.

  • 12/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 15 of 232

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for kids who love the big city feel on campus. This college is great for kids who want to be in a frat or sorority. This college is great for kids who want a possible internship of the chance to study abroad. This college is great for kids who want to meet a lot of people. This college is great for kids who love the color ORANGE!!! This college is great for kids who have friends in Tennessee because a lot of high schoolers go here for college so you will for sure already have friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come for a visit and just have fun. Come with your friends to the campus doesn't feel so large when you first come. When school starts, don't stay in your room, go out and meet everybody cause the fist week is where everybody is new and looking for new friends. Also if your a freshman, get a meal plan (10 meals, not unlimited because you don't get very many dining dollars) and stay in a dorm. Carrick is a great dorm because you share two rooms with 3 other people and this building is in the middle of presidential court which is where everybody hangs out and is where some of the food is. Apply early, either November 1 (for scholarship opportunities) or December 1 (application deadline). Also bring winter clothes after fall break, but keep some summer ones because the weather is really weird here. Also do bring an umbrella and or rain coat because it rains a lot. Bring some good tennis shoes because you walk everywhere everyday and flip flops will hurt you feet after a while.

    Bang for the buck

    I love it here but it has a weird feel. Basically Knoxville is the University of Tennessee and thats it. If you don't like always being at school than this school may not be for you but its so much fun. I have learned so much already in one semester. Also if you live instate, than tuition is like 10,000 dollars less so its affordable, especially if you apply early and get scholarships from the school as well as websites like Cappex.com.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love it here. The best part of school has the be the football games because we are seriously like one big family when everyone is at Neyland Stadium. Greek Life is a huge deal at UT but you don't have to be in a frat or sorority to have fun. Im not in one and there is still a bunch of people to meet and hang out with. I feel like the college is pretty laid back and its fairly easy to meet people here. Come to Big Orange country and see what I mean!!!

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning so much at The University of Tennessee so far. I just started in the Fall of 2010 and feel like I have learned more than I ever did in high school. My hardest class for the fall semester was Geology (planetary bodies) because the concepts are just difficult to wrap your head around but I learned so much about other planets. I also took a math class that went over everything that was taught in high school and I feel that this will help me in my next 3.5 years and even later in life. My funnest class by far was communication studies. The teacher was vey laid back and the class felt like a family. We did numerous speeches and to be honest I was super nervous at first, but as the semester went on, I felt good when I was in front of everybody. You will definitely learn a lot here at UT and each year it gets harder and harder to get into the school. At times it will be challenging, but you will learn so much here!

  • 11/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 16 of 232

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    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to do things your freshman year. There are a lot of great opportunities laying out there waiting just for you. Interact not just in the classrooms but in your dorms and other outlets around campus. They are great way to meet new people, make lasting friendships, and open up your network of people to provide opportunities in the future.

    Bang for the buck

    I am from out of state so it can be somewhat expensive. But trust me, the experience and knowledge that you learn here is worth it. I was not going to allow the tuition to keep me from coming here and I am glad I did not. The opportunities that I have leaving this college is more than I could of imagine coming in as a freshman.

    Am enjoying being here

    This place is my second home. I love being here, especially in the fall with the college football atmosphere every weekend. People here make you feel welcome and in no time, I felt part of the Knoxville community. Being from out of state, the pressure of finding friends and fitting it is always there, but I promise you will find someone just like you here to share your experiences with.

    Am learning a lot

    Being at Tennessee has given me opportunities that I would have never dream about before coming here. After my first year, I had met tons of friends that were helpful to me on learning about the campus and ways to be involved. I had the opportunity to meet some exceptional people that have change the course of my goals and showed me there are a lot of doors out there for you. All you have to do is walk through them.

  • 01/01/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 232

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    Great for these types of students

    While UT meets the needs of a wide range of students, it does have its specialties. Any students interested in engineering, look towards UT. No only is the program great, Oak Ridge National Lab is like 40 minutes away, making professional and research opportunities incredibly available. People focused on the Arts can find quite a niche at UT. Humanities students can also find a home at UT. Also, any sports fan has a home a UT. Besides our amazing basketball and football programs, there are TONS of sporting opportunities for the everyday student, including intramural volleyball, swimming, soccer, football, and bowling. Sportsmen also have a home here, with plenty of access to the Tennessee, Clinch, and Holston Rivers, as well as the Smokey Mountains, which are only about an hour and a half away.

    Tips for prospective students

    UT laced with very intelligent students, giving University scholarships somewhat high standards. If you can, strive for a 31 on your ACT. I only took the SAT once, and I didn't even consider it for my application to UT, but absolutely, aim high on it as well. However, I believe the ACT is a prerequisite for all applicants anyway, so aim high. All the programs offered are very good, so just choose according to your prospective careers. For those students looking to live on campus, dorms do have different living conditions. All of the dorms I very similar rooms, but the larger dorms tend to live a little wilder. If you want to focus on your studies, or just live in a more peaceful place, get into a learning community dorm like Morrill.

    Bang for the buck

    I, unfortunately, am not the best reference for value. My only other college experience was dual enrollment during high school on a grant, so my experiences are limited. I think tuition is quite fair, just because of the quality of education made available to each student. Even freshman classes like English and Psychology are made interesting. I happen to think the living costs at UT are a little expensive, almost equaling tuition, but compared to a year of living off campus in an apartment or rental house, it is quite affordable.

    Am enjoying being here

    UT is very enjoyable. The freedom of a college schedule, with really only about two to three classes each day, is extremely refreshing. Dorm life, of course, is amazing for meeting new people and finding new things to do. Even if your living at home, life at UT offers more than plenty of opportunities to get out and do cool stuff.

    Am learning a lot

    Absolutely. Students planning UT will be pleasantly surprised in the quality of education that is made available. Subjects and topics are interesting and professors put a great deal of effort into making the class enjoyable and even a little entertaining. One piece of advice I have for all students is to be aware of class syllabuses. At my high school, they were inconsequential pieces of paper. However, I was caught a little off guard at my suffering grade at the beginning of the semester, caused by missed online assignments only posted on the class syllabus.

  • 07/27/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 232

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    Great for these types of students

    -Students who are determined to be successful -Self motivated students because you can easily get distracted and disappointed -Students that can work hard first and have fun -Students who want to meet all sorts of people (networking is key)

    Tips for prospective students

    If you work hard in high school and can show that you are well rounded you should be fine. Also, determination and persistence is key. Give admissions a call to check on your status or send an email.

    Bang for the buck

    UT is definitely affordable when you work hard and receive scholarships and grants. It is not easy so you MUST work hard to maintain your grades so that you are good to go during your time here at UT.

    Am enjoying being here

    So far my freshman year has been great! I've met some really good friends and we do the most random things from having late night movie nights til 5am, playing hide N go seek with random people, & taking trips to the mall or the strip. If you surround yourself with people who you can be yourself around (please be yourself no need to pretened) you will definitely have fun! Also, there's always things going on around campus and many orgs to join, currently I am involved in two orgs and I work so nothing is impossible just learn to balance.

    Academic Rigor

    I have learned allot referring to academics as well as myself since the semester has started. I have realized that you CANNOT take time for granted! Please use it wisely! Also, college is indeed what you make it you have to learn how to balance as well as set your priorities in order (academics first).

  • 11/04/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 232

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to meet a lot of new people. Students that want a good education and want to have a blast at the same time. Students that don't mind walking. Students that want a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a heavy jacket for when it gets cold. If you don't like the cold or the rain, this is not your ideal school. Bring a good pair of tennis shoes because you will walk all the time. Be specific about the roommate you want to have. Don't worry though; they are very good at matching you up with someone that is similar to you. You do not need to get the best meal plan; they go a long way. It's also not very hard to find free food. Have a good backpack! it definitely comes in handy.

    Bang for the buck

    UTK is pretty expensive, but the money is well worth it. There are TONS of free services, such as tutoring, help with picking a major, counseling, advising, and just about anything you could possibly need help with. There is even a person in the library that focuses simply on helping students find good sources for their research papers. There are over 100 computers in the library for your personal use, and there are over 7 printers!

    Am enjoying being here

    The University of Tennessee is very beautiful. Their are squirrels everywhere. The food is good and it isn't hard to find. Community bathrooms aren't a plus, but they are kept pretty clean so it's not hard to deal with.

    Am learning a lot

    Every single class that I am in is interesting and teaches me valuable information. There is no busy work and the teachers do not waste your time. The teachers engage you in discussions and don't mind answering questions.

  • 02/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 232

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    Great for these types of students

    Open to new things! Enthusiastic: College is awesome! Get excited for UT because out football and basketball seasons are amazing and you've really got to LOVE the VOLS! Motivated: It's easy to get bogged down with all your classes but you have got to stay positive and motivated. Study with classmates, it helps.

    Tips for prospective students

    As much as you have heard it: Resist procrastination. We all want a plentiful social life and that cannot happen without the studies coming first. Get your studies out of the way, THEN have fun. Make smart decisions: College is a place where people decide what path in life they will choose. Be wise in making decisions because you never know how your choices will affect your future. And also, have FUN! (safe fun, of course)

    Bang for the buck

    Although UT is not too expensive for in-staters, it is not cheap! The hope scholarship helps a bunch and applying for other scholarships as well. Out-of-state is pretty much like every other school.. Expensive. Bottom line. Apply for scholarships everywhere, because UT's tuition is similar to any state schools

    Am enjoying being here

    I. Love. Knoxville! I absolutely love being in college and in Knoxville. I did not come to college with my BFF's and so my first semester was a struggle, but push through it and you will reap the benefits! Knoxville has so much to offer from the big city feel to a smaller town feel. I am in love.

    Am learning a lot

    Coming to college, I was apprehensive of the school work load and managing it with my social life. I am pleased to say that as I have already completed my first semester here at UT and now beginning my second one, I enjoy it! I am definitely learning alot during my classes, but more importantly I am learning much about myself. College makes you become an independent and responsible person.

  • 02/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 232

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    Great for these types of students

    Personally, I think UTK is great for any type of student. Since I've been here I have seen and met so many different types of people on and off campus. Before I moved up here I thought I was going to hate it, but it wasn't until I got into the flow of things that i realized I was actually enjoying college. Big schools aren't for everyone but you won't know unless you give it a shot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely apply earlier than later. Also make sure you have looked at the available majors offered here so you aren't wasting your time taking classes you don't need or you come here without knowing whether or not your major is being offered. Another thing, I think it would be best that you get your general education classes out of the way the first year so you can spend the remainder of your college career focussing on classes for your major. Overall, I would high recommend that you attend the University of Tennessee!

    Bang for the buck

    Prices are a bit expensive but you have to look at the fact of how big this university is and all of the students who go here. I would recommend applying for scholarships while you're still in high school and also while you're attending to help with expenses.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love this university. At first, I was worried about the size and amount of student who attend UTK, but that changed after the first couple of weeks. It's very easy to learn your way around campus and everyone is very helpful if you don't know where your class is. My college experience is more than I ever thought it would be since I've been here at UTK. I was thinking about not coming here and staying home for college but I am more than glad I decided to come here.

    Am learning a lot

    Since I began classes at UTK I have learned more than I ever thought I would. The classes here are very good. The professors I have had so far make the material very well understood by using real life examples rather than just throwing all of the information in out face and not telling us why it is useful to know it in the future.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 232

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    Campus Safety

    There are occasional incidents, but there are a lot of safety measures to protect the students. Additionally, students are informed of any of these incidents via email.

    Greek Life

    A good portion of the students are involved in Greek life. It seems that business students make up the majority of fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs! Way too many to list. If you can think of an activity, there is probably a club for it. Intramural sports are an extremely popular activity as is any involvement with the football games.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are interested in engineering or research. The university has an agricultural campus specifically for some of the majors and is additionally great for pre-vet students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the tradition of lighting the torch that freshmen partake in and there is also the tradition of painting the Rock for various reasons, such as graduation. There is also a seal on the pedestrian walkway that students walk around because it is superstition and those who do will not graduate in four years.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students, it is fairly affordable due to the availability of scholarships. However, these scholarships do not usually allow for excess or cover all expenses, such as books or dorm fees.

    What to do for fun

    The UT football games are a must. The TRECS and HPER buildings provide areas for exercise, rock climbing, raquetball, basketball among many other activities. These areas are always filled with fellow students. During the weekend, one can visit the downtown area of Knoxville or visit the clubs which are adjacent to the university.

    Food and Dining

    The university has meal plans which can be designed around a student's preference. Such a plan can be extremely convenient for those living in the dorms where it can be difficult to make meals and expensive to rely on eating out!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be relative to each individual. It can be viewed as a year long slumber party to some, while other times it can be suffocating. There's always the option to get an individual dorm room, but that almost misses out on the traditional college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the major but classes vary in difficulty and rigor, as can be expected of any college. Engineering and research related majors can be expected to be the most rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved! Underclassmen live primarily on campus so there are so many opportunities to make lasting friendships! Many of my fondest college memories have been made on campus.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is a wonderful college to attend. It is overflowing with opportunities and friendly faces in every direction. The volunteer spirit cannot be beat!

  • 11/23/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 232

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    Great for these types of students

    UT is great for anyone! It has so many great programs. The nursing program is one of the top programs! It's really competitive. UT also has great one's for psychology, business, journalism, etc. Basically anything.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're an in-state student, the tuition really isn't that bad; especially compared to a school like Vanderbilt or Duke. UT is reasonably priced and still is a highly ranked univeristy as far as academics go. They have great programs available for almost any major. Try to get scholarships though!! It's always better to go to school for free no matter where you go!

    Am enjoying being here

    I LOVE being here. It is definitely better than high school in so many ways. Everyone is so nice, and people say that all the time but it really is true. I didn't like not having my close friends go to the same school as me, but when you get on campus, everyone wants to be your friend. Even if you're a shy person, you'll feel so comfortable here. You'll learn that unlike high school, anyone and everyone will talk to you even about the most random things. Ask questions. You won't feel weird. Everyone does it, and that is another thing that helps people be comfortable at UT and makes them enjoy it. The campus is really pretty and we defintiely have one of the best football stadiums!! It's really nice and the student section is fun! Anyone will love coming to UT and enjoy being there.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much at Tennessee. You have so many different teaching styles that you will experience and eventually you'll learn which one you can adapt to more to learn more efficiently. I personally don't like lectures. It makes it to where i take less from the class then i should have but there are all kinds of ways to deal with things like that. Tennesee has SO many resources available to help you learn. Things like academic coaches to point you in the right direction to S.I. tutoring in almost every class you might have. You might struggle a little at first with the transition from high school where things are somewhat being spoon-fed to you to having to be more independent and do things more for yourself. But trust me, you're not the only one. Almost every freshman goes through that, and you'll figure out what you need to do by the end of your first semester.

  • 04/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 232

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    Great for these types of students

    Is great for pretty much anyone. There is a great engineering program, and all of the other programs are great too. Great athletic programs, awesome Greek system, and clubs for just about everything

    Tips for prospective students

    STUDY! Just because it is a major SEC school, does not mean it is all fun and games. There is serious hard work to be done. You might not have had to study in high school, but college is TOTALLY different. And if you are in architecture, be prepared to live in architecture building. Engineers be prepared to always being doing homework on fun yellow paper.

    Bang for the buck

    At first the classes are really hard and you might end up not doing too great. Some teachers try to weed the non-committed out, but other than the occasional awful teacher, you get what you pay for!

    Am enjoying being here

    At first I thought it was going to be hard coming to a school of over 27,000. I love it so much! The RAs are great and are there to help you. There are tutoring groups in some dorms, so that helps. And there is nothing like a big SEC football game on Saturdays! There are so many activities to do, and the TRECs is awesome... so many different exercise opportunities! There is also the HPER which has a rock climbing wall!

    Am learning a lot

    The chancellor here is pretty determined to make this school a top 25 research college, and because of that the classes are intense. I am in the Honors Program and get to take honors classes. I have learned so much this year. The professors usually have office hours, and if you can't get ahold of them then there are the TAs. Some classes you can get by without going to class, but it is always good to go just in case there is a clicker quiz!

  • 05/14/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 1 person found this inaccurate. 25 of 232

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    Bang for the buck

    UT is pretty expensive for a in-state school, and if you are out of state, it's really hard to get any kind of funding. In-state students can get things like the HOPE scholarship and other Tennessee scholarships to offset the costs.

    Did enjoy being here

    I didn't enjoy being here. For those people who love to party, Greek life or athletes, then this is the school for you. UT is very into their sports programs, especially football, yet they take away from their cultural programs like art and dance, which sucks big time. The strip is nothing but bars and clubs so if you're not into that then it's going to be hard to find something to do. If you bring a car, parking is a nightmare and if you don't have a car, you're looking at a 45 minute to a 1 hour bus ride to get to Walmart for basic necessities. The same thing goes for the mall and anywhere else you would like to go for fun. Another reason I didn't like UT was because being in East Tennessee, I and the few friends that I made their experienced racism which was something I thought a university like UT wouldn't have.

    Did learn a lot

    As far as the academics went, UT was great! I learned a lot from my teachers and most of them were very educated in their subjects and were always open during office hours for help. A lot of the information I learned at UT was useful for when I came back home to my other school. You just have to connect with your professors and show them that you are interested in their class. A lot of professors give some sort of incentive for showing up to class like if you are there 85% of the time, they'll drop your lowest test grade and replace it with your highest or give you 10 extra credit points on your final, so it's good to go to class all the time other than because you need to be in class anyways. Also a lot of professors base all their tests off their lectures and they don't have them up on their websites for people to look at if they don't come to class so if you're looking to pass, you need to attend everyday.

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 232

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    Great for these types of students

    If you're the type of student that enjoys learning with and from a variety of people, you'll really enjoy UT. If you're driven and enjoy seeking out opportunities for yourself and working one-on-one with professors, you'll find yourself at home here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared to be faced with a large campus, which, although filled with friendly people, can be very scary. Take a first-year seminar to meet people; it's a great way to make study buddies. Carving out your niche will enhance your college experience, both academically AND socially.

    Bang for the buck

    For less than $17,000 a year, UT provides extremely good professors, great facilities and many free special campus events, from concerts by well-known musicians and talks by politicians and academics to debates and movie screenings. The research and study-abroad opportunities are tremendous and extremely accessible to all students.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is large, but the academic and social communities are varied and accessible. Both the students at UT and the people of Knoxville are open and friendly, and this is very obvious in the campus atmosphere.

    Am learning a lot

    Every professor I have encountered at UT has been more than qualified for their position and successful at relaying his or her knowledge to students. I have taken 34 total hours at UT and have learned a huge amount in every one of them. Although many opportunities have to be specifically sought out by students, they are available to all and can greatly enrich the academic experience.

  • 08/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 232

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    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student. There is something for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the bus schedule. Use the T-Link. Study and go out and explore. UT always has something going on: lectures, plays, concerts, and great seminars. Don't hole yourself up! College is for doing and learning. Also, GO TO FOOTBALL GAMES! Football at UT is a sight to see, it is indescribable. The atmosphere is mind-blowing.

    Bang for the buck

    UT really has a lot to offer. From the study abroad programs to the top research library in the South, UT gives back to their students one hundred percent. The campus food takes some getting use to, but the transportation(T-LINK IS THE BEST) MORE than makes up for it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Coming from West Tennessee, UT took a lot of getting use to. There are so many hills and so much stuff to do. It is a little overwhelming at first, but if you get inVOLved and take part in a club or organization- it definitely takes the pressure of your back. Plus, you get a cool group of friends from every where.

    Am learning a lot

    UT has a diverse and well-rounded campus. There are so many majors to choose from, with professors that are knowledge and understanding when it comes to new undergraduates in their fields. I have never been turned down when I go to a professor for help, and I have never been bored in a class at UT. There are so many to choose from, and they cover pretty much any and every topic. Just recently, I took a class in English on Video Gaming.

  • 08/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 232

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    Great for these types of students

    Fraternity and Sorority driven. Football lovers. Business majors. Hard workers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and make sure you get the scholarship application in! Also, take the campus tour and make sure you go into the dorms before you choose one! You will likely be surprised.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition was just raised and I feel that it did not change anything. There is still not enough parking on campus and sometimes it is impossible to get into the classes you need to progress with your major.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am not a member of a sorority and I am from out of town. I feel like there is a distinct percentage of the student population that is in a Greek organization. Also this is a big football school! I have been looked at crazily many many times because I did not know what was going on in the sports side of the school.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much in my classes here at UT, and surprisingly enough it doesn't matter if you are in a class of 20 or 200 you will learn as much as the work you put into it. If you're in a big class then the professors and TAs will always help and if you're in a small class its the same.

  • 09/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 232

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    Great for these types of students

    I would say most people are able to find a group here that fits them.

    Tips for prospective students

    My biggest advice would be to get involved, get involved, and get involved. College is a great, but it is hard to meet friends in the beginning. Persevere. Try as many things as you can until you find a group that fits you.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like UT is a great school for its tuition price. I never wanted to pay an arm and a leg for college, and I am thankful that UT's academics challenge me for a smaller price tag.

    Am enjoying being here

    I throughly enjoy being a student at the University of Tennessee. I am involved with many things on campus including RUF, TeamVols, and intramurals. Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) is a campus ministry that has really helped make this big university smaller; it has been nice to connect with people with similar values. TeamVols is a great way to give back to the community and volunteer around Knoxville. Intramurals have provided me with friendly competition and a way to continue sports while in college. These three organizations have definitely enhanced my time at UTK.

    Am learning a lot

    I am pursuing a Child and Family Studies major and Psychology minor. I have been surprised at how much all my professors, thus far, want you to strive and excel in college, but more importantly in life. I thought coming to a big university I would not have connections with the professors, but I have been pleasantly surprised with the drive most of them have to help you succeed.

  • 10/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 30 of 232

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who thrive in large group environments, enjoy learning on their own, and like to be social.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to get active. This campus is very demanding.

    Bang for the buck

    Normal dorm rooms are gross, so try to get the apartment style dorm rooms if you can. Great Library. Some class buildings are in good shape, but most of them are old and seating is generally uncomfortable. Huge classes, so if you do not thrive in lecture classes you may want to try a smaller school. Overall, UT gives you lots of free services that are great. They will rent you laptops and ipods for free as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    Definitely DO NOT commute. Live on campus. Fighting for commuting parking spaces is nerve racking and time consuming. I do not enjoy having to arrive at school two hours early to grab a parking space. Also, being a student here requires lots of uphill walking and stairs. The University does offer great resources like free tutoring, free exercise classes, and free buses.

    Am learning a lot

    Freshman and Sophomore classes are basically a repeat of general high school courses. You have to put in some effort, but with a basic understanding of the material, its easy to succeed.

  • 11/01/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 232

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to play sports but aren't the best. Students who want a GREAT education for not too much money. Students who like a strong sense of community and who BLEED ORANGE (Theoretically bleed, not ACTUALLY bleed).

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! They love to see excited, active students. Write the BEST essay you can possibly manage! The application essay is a HUGE key to being accepted.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a really nice college with an extensive reputation. For an In-state student, this place is 100% worth it. For an out-of-state student, this place is still 100% percent worth it because UTK's out-of-state tuition isn't nearly as much as most of its competitor colleges.

    Will enjoy being here

    I am positive my experience here will be fantastic. I haven't seen or heard anything otherwise!

    Will learn a lot

    I am currently a Senior in high school and I have made many visits to UTK's beautiful campus in the past. I expect to learn a tremendous amount that will seriously boost me intellectually. I can't wait!

  • 11/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 232

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    Great for these types of students

    People who like to get inVOLved will fit in great here. People who like diversity will fit in great here. People who like big classes and people who like small classes will fit in great here. Anyone will fit in great here!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not take more than two honors classes a semester. It will be really hard, and why put yourself under uneeded stress?

    Bang for the buck

    You will definately get your money's worth in homework.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus. Having 4 honors classes, I don't get to see much more than my dorm room and the library with the amount of homework I have, but it's still great.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning what I want to do in the future. The academic coaches are lifesavers and are there to do anything they are able to to help you out.

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    STUDY, STUDY, STUDY. Anywhere worth going is worth working hard for. If you party all the time and go out during the week expect your grades to show that. GO TO CLASS. Class is where you learn, I don't care if the notes are online- it's never as helpful.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus here. Although I was intimidated at first of the big campus and large student body, the experience has been wonderful. The campus is gorgeous. The people have southern hospitality.

    Am learning a lot

    As an Interior Design student, I enter my major's courses in the first year. I am deeply immersed in the design culture, as all my class are in the Art and Architecture Building. We are apart of the College of Architecture & Design. This is NOT picking out pillow or wall swatch colors. This is design.

  • 01/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are hundreds of UTK police officers, they have a fairly quick response time and there are emergency phones all over campus. There have been robberies in the past but that is off campus.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is appealing to some for obvious reasons. At UTK it seems to be a flip of the coin. There are some really great sororities and frats that really help out the campus and community and then there are others that just look to party.

    Clubs and Activities

    The amount of clubs is quite extensive. There are many and a club exists for anyone.

    Great for these types of students

    UTK has the potential to be great for anyone. It is a large campus and has many tools at your disposal.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Throughout the semester, students will go paint the rock. The Rock is exactly that, a huge boulder that sits on campus and is constantly spray painted to different things. Whether it be a fraternity brother's birthday or the rivalry football game coming up, the rock expresses the voice of the student body no matter what it is.

    Bang for the buck

    The buck is quite high, but if you pay attention and work hard then you will get what your looking for. A quality education.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do for fun, whether it be working out, playing tennis, basketball, joining an intramural team, getting involved in school clubs, or getting to meet some very interesting people all over campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious but extremely pricey.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a dorm for one semester and I wasn't too impressed. I stayed at the sports dorm and it was okay and the food was good, but it is extremely overpriced.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is quite challenging. The difference from the high school level in a southern school is extensive. The college level at UTK is different and challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, harder than you ever did in high school, and do not procrastinate! Procrastination is the black hole that will suck away your good GPA.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is definitely a quite vast campus. It is a fun place to be, and there is always something to do. There are more facilities than you can count, but the Professors could be a bit better.

  • 08/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not feeling safe around campus it's okay UT campus police are always on duty. If you're out late and aren't sure you can make it to your dorm or any other destination on campus safely find an emergency post and call for campus pd and they will pick you up from where you're standing to where you want to get off. Also, you have an email account directly with UT and here you will always be notified of any incidents or criminal activity on or around campus. UT ensures safety protocols, they're are there to protect you so use them even when you think you don't need them.

    Clubs and Activities

    Can't make the school team or club, no worries join a team or make a club of your own. UT provides several intramural sports and intramural fields to practice on as well as clubs to join. You can even create a club, just grab a group of friends together and get started, get confused on what else to do stop by the TRec and they can guide you the rest of the way.

    Bang for the buck

    Running low on money, your stomach can't take it anymore, but campus food is to expensive? No worries, head over to the strip and you will find the most satisfying, affordable, tastiest restaurant of all time - The Cookout! Here you can get unbelievable side orders with delicious combos and a wide variety of milkshakes! You can purchase a full meal spending less than $7! So don't worry about the money, trust me you can save and go big around UTK.

    What to do for fun

    Need something to do to release all that stress and get your mind off the books for a while? Well go to the Strip! The strip is a destination next to campus that has various fast-food restaurants and clubs. If you like to party and hang-out here's the place to be. For those who want to find fun around campus go to the TRec! the TRec is a recreational center for weight-lifting, swimming, intramural sports, and much much more. Also back at the UC there's a place where many students like to go called Down Under. Here you can bowl, play video games, shoot pool, etc. Fun is nothing to be concerned about when attending the University of Tennessee.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is NOT cafeteria food! It's so delicious and once you think this is what they serve something new you may have never had touches the buffet. Don't like the buffet? Walk on over to the University Center or as the students say UC. Here you'll find great places to eat from but I'm not going to ruin it for you come see for yourself, it's wonderful!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms couldn't be any better, or could they? The dorms are wonderful if you think about: thousands of students. several academic buildings, stadiums, etc. for them to be as big on the outside but at a satisfactory state of mind for two roommates. Dorms come equipped with a micro-fridge the bunk beds are nice and can be lowered/disassembled if you are unhappy with the height of the bed. Don't want to shower with everyone else? Well there is also dorms that have suites and you can share a bathroom with two other residence hall suite mates. The dorms also have cafeterias and/or eating destinations in them as well if you don't have the energy or feeling to walk somewhere else to eat.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically UT is profound, as in the work load can be very intense if your not accustom to difficult small amounts of work. See i said small but that's particularly one class, as you will find work piling up on one another if you don't take the time to stick to the task - work first. Don't be intimidated though as if you're relationship with your professor is well they are more than likely to help you with anything in the class or maybe even outside. You also have academic coaches and adviser's. These people are very helpful in providing information on requirements and things around campus that can benefit the educational experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students planning to attend here but are unsure, here's some advice: if you're struggling there's help all around you, if your injured and are worried about how to get to class there is special transportation for that, make sure you're college ready as in attitude, behavior, and respect. Also, learn to manage your time as you will have to study if you truly want your college experience to be successful and if your having trouble figuring out the best way to study there is help on campus for that as well. Anything you need help with or information on the University of Tennessee has it.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee in Knoxville is wonderful in the many resources they have available for students who either need help or information. Their various organizations, the diversity within them and around campus are spectacular and you are always going to meet someone new and respectful. Their campus is wonderful and I can't wait until all the hard-work of the construction workers is finished to see the new buildings, Go Vols.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've seen A LOT of emergency blue phones on campus, and I don't feel unsafe walking around at night, unless I'm up by the fort!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are about a million different clubs and activities to join on campus, and if you find one you don't like you can even make your own!

    Great for these types of students

    If you love to make friends, love sports, sporting events, and just having a good time.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm only just starting so I can't give a concise answer about it, but for now with my financial aid it's a really good thing. I came in from out of state and they were very nice about changing me to in-state from out of state quickly.

    What to do for fun

    The mountains are only a short ride away, so there is hiking, camping, and fishing. Gatlinburg, Dollywood, and Pigeon Forge is only about 45 minutes away, and that's fun, too. There is ALWAYS stuff to do on campus, and football games, or any kind of sporting event!

    Food and Dining

    Eh. It could be better, but with about 5 or more different meal plans to choose from it's basically what you decide to do.

    Dorm Life

    So far it's pretty good! We haven't had a problem with housing, and there are a few different options to choose from, there are lots of in-depth explanations on each option, so make sure to read them.

    Academic Rigor

    I had a 3.7 GPA, a 23 on my ACT, and a 1480 SAT score and I got in just fine, but there are some requirements.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, and take your ACT and SAT's early so that it doesn't set you back when you're applying.

    In three sentences

    It feels like a family, as soon as you walk on campus. It is a beautiful place, in history and greenery. Lots, and lots, and lots of school spirit, one of your favorite colors better be orange!

  • 07/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is as safe as YOU are. Although, we have our own police force (who do a great job) incidents do happen. My best advice for you is to take advantage of the free self defense courses. You may never have to use them, but they provide a peace of mind anyways!

    Greek Life

    Greek Life at UTK is a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. I wouldn't recommend joining a fraternity or sorority if you have a tight schedule.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a TON of clubs you can join and numerous activities on campus. Intramurals are currently a student favorite.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student is welcome.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    All the freshman during welcome week, participate in 'painting the rock'. Its a giant rock in the center of campus, where everyone paints, well, whatever they want to on it. Another historic place would be The Hill.

    Bang for the buck

    For the price, compared to other Universities, UTK is fairly reasonable. It offers great academic opportunities, but also has plenty of entertainment.

    What to do for fun

    UTK has an untold amount of entertainment ranging from, clubs, parties, karaoke, movie nights, greek life, and much, much more. UTK is also a highly sports orientated school . So come football season, everyone will be out tailgating and having a good time. The best place for night life would be The Strip nearby. It has clubs, great restaurants, you name it, its got it.

    Food and Dining

    UTK food and dining is probably the exact opposite of what you've experienced in high school. The food court is fairly good, surprisingly enough. It has your standard pizza joint, subway, and etc. There are also many restaurants located on or near campus including Mellow Mushroom, papa johns, Chick-fil-a, Einstein Bros, I-Hop, Cookout etc. Best of all, is that most if not all of them take 'volbucks' off of your volcard (which is tax free!).

    Dorm Life

    Ah, dorm life. Living on campus definitely has its pros and cons. You get the full experience' if you live on campus. It's easier to get to class, you meet a ton of new people, and everything is, ultimately, more accessible. However, a dorm life is not for everyone. You do have to share a room (unless you're lucky and get a single, but its also more expensive). The rooms are also small, and cramped. On top of this, it is very expensive to live on campus. When it comes to a dorm room less really is more.

    Academic Rigor

    UTK, like any other University, values academics. They have a wonderful pre-law and pre-med program (for those of you looking into pre-professional majors). The business and engineering departments are also very good.

    Tips for prospective students

    For those of you who are looking at UTK as a potential college, be prepared. Campus is enormous, with an average number of 21,000-26,000 undergraduates at any given time (so yeah, its crowded). UTK, unfortunately, is also an infamous 'party school'. So as my Sociology 120 teacher says, Party wisely, safely, and responsibly. However, if you are worried about having your sleep/cram session interrupted, don't be. Security wise, UTK is safe. It provides free self defense courses and has its own campus police, which routinely patrols campus. Emergency poles or 'totems' as we call them, are scattered throughout campus. Other than maybe some excessive parties, the one fault UTK has is that it lacks diversity.

    In three sentences

    UTK is a great school, especially for students looking for a decent education at a reasonable cost. In-state tuition is moderate (fairly low compared to other Universities) but there are numerous opportunities for State and Merit financial aid. Out of state tuition can be on the expensive side, (however most out-of-state university's tuition is expensive) but UTK provides plenty of merit aid opportunities (you have to apply early though!).

  • 08/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have 24/7 police, UTPD. We also have these things called blue lights. At night if you feel unsure of your safety walking back to your dorm alone, you press a call button on the blue light and UTPD or the T will come pick you up and bring you home.

    Greek Life

    We have a very active greek life. MOst of the campus is not in a sorority or fraternity but if you want to be a part of something like that there is a ton to choose from!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For freshman there is Night in Neyland where the upperclassmen pass the torch to the underclassmen(we just lit candles). For football games there is the tailgating which we are pretty much known for.

    What to do for fun

    Pretty much everyone goes to The Strip at nights and on the weekends. During the week you can get involved in intermural sports, organizations, or just go and support all of the sports teams we have here on campus!

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeterias are questionable but what cafeteria isn't? We also have chick fil a, subway, Chinese places, etc. So if you don't want to eat café food all the time, we have a variety of places to go.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone on my floor is super open and nice. The RAs are helpful and extremely welcoming. We are all one big happy family.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers I have this semester grade super hard. I think that's a good thing though. Im a freshman and I need to be ready for what will happen when I get to the classes I need for my major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a lot of orange!!

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus is very active. IT has a lot of school spirit. It is an open, non-judgmental campus.

  • 02/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    All campuses have accidents even UTK. However the safety of students is a high priority. There are blue cone lights with direct lines to the university police and 911. If you feel you are in danger, you can even call the police department through this blue lit cone and they will give you a ride to wherever you need.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is okay; they get in trouble a lot, but I am friends with some of the girls involved in greek life and they are truly becoming better people through greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and activities galore. There are clubs for every person, and if you don't like any of the ones available, you can create your own. There are so many students that the clubs and activities are always full. There are also intermurals where groups of students team up and play all sorts of sports in the gyms.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for every type of student. UTK has such a diverse student type that almost anyone and everyone can succeed there.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Whenever you hear BIG ORANGE COUNTRY!!! students or whoever heard it are supposed to yell GO VOLS! also we paint the rock every day before the football games.

    Bang for the buck

    Worth the money. The staff, instructors, professors etc all put in so much effort to ensure that you succeed.

    What to do for fun

    I could just sit and talk to people for fun. Everyone is so super friendly there. It's almost like your one big vol family.

    Food and Dining

    DELICIOUS!! The staff is super friendly, makes you feel welcome. The food itself tastes amazing. They also have a variety of caterers such as Petro's, subway and more.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is amazing. They room you by requests first, then by major. No matter who is staying in the dorm next to you, there will always be common interests, such as your major, between you and your floor mates.

    Academic Rigor

    The University wants you to go further than your basic abilities. That is why they provide you with Welcome Leaders, Orientation leaders, peer mentors, tutors, teaching assistants, etc. They want you to succeed to your highest potential so they are here to help you up that hill.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should first go to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Get involved with your dorm floor, greek life or other campus organizations. Get involved in class and with your professors. Ask the questions or for help, they love love love it! Most important, have fun and become a vol for life!!

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is an outstanding institute dedicated to helping students achieve their future goals. I would not have went anywhere else. The University of Tennessee should be everyone's top pick!

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Like to go out. Like sports such as football or basketball, and sports like hiking and skiing. Many opportunities to get involved.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to meeting new people. Get out and get involved and have fun. Meet people in classes.

    Bang for the buck

    As an instate student, i have gotten in state tuition plus lottery scholarships and other scholarships, and i am paying less than for my private high school. Definitely a good deal for good education.

    Am enjoying being here

    Very easy to meet people. Always something happening. People are for the most part nice and outgoing

    Am learning a lot

    Classes are interesting and informative.

  • 10/17/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is a lot. So that leaves little to no money to spend on other things.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is always so alive. There's always something going on if you know where to look. It's possible to be bored here, but it's very rare.

    Am learning a lot

    You will learn a lot at this school. But you have to work hard or you won't.

  • 11/09/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Partiers, good students, dedicated people

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to make the Scholarship application deadline! Everything's a little confusing, and it's easy to overlook things in the rush. Study, study, study! Your GPA is really important, so making okay grades just isn't enough.

    Bang for the buck

    UT is definitely the best choice for in-state students, as far as price and quality of education go. It's a really good school (and getting more selective), and it's a really cheap school. What more could you want?

    Am enjoying being here

    The people here are pretty awesome! My RA is awesome, and my residence hall (Massey) is such a family! We had a guy on the eighth floor pass away on his way home for Fall Break, and we all felt the impact.

    Am learning a lot

    My classes are really easy to me. As long as you study and you know how much you need to study, you should be fine.

  • 06/05/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    I've never visited this UT before but it seems like a big university that cares about alot of need based scholarships. My ACT score for the first time was a 25 so I'll probably take it again before I apply to UT.

  • 06/06/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    For being a student looking out-of-state for the future, they do have seem to have higher prices; however, for the education that they provide, it should certainly be worth it.

    Will enjoy being here

    They seem to have a very friendly campus and many people willing to help those who have questions about the campus and life within.

    Will learn a lot

    They seem to have so many different majors to offer here. And UT has one of the best veterinary programs that I have looked into for future decision making.

  • 06/15/2011

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for people who like being close to the mountains!

  • 07/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I have to pay out of state tuition, so it's a little hard to swallow paying 3x the regular amount. The quality of the faculty, the education and the experience make it much easier to remember why I chose UT

    Am enjoying being here

    I have never encountered a system that is so through and through customer oriented. Everyone seems genuinely interested in helping me be successful here.

    Am learning a lot

    Statistics do not interest me. Graduate level statistics scare me to death, but I'm actually learning stuff that I can use. My field requires me to stay up to date on current research and I can honestly say that what I'm learning will help me do better in my job, which is a whole lot cooler than just passing a test.

  • 07/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are trying to come out of your shell, then UTK is the best place for that! If you aren't ready for close contact with strangers on an almost daily basis, then UTK is not the right place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly suggest taking multiple tours of campus. I also advise everybody to live on campus. It's really cold there in the spring, so don't send your winter clothes home for spring break!!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition keeps rising, but it's a good thing I love the school so much and that they offer scholarships.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love UTK because the campus is so big and I really feel at home here. The staff on campus are nice and helpful.

    Am learning a lot

    Every day is a new day filled with new questions and new answers.

  • 08/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Not really expensive and you get the most out of your college experience.

    Am enjoying being here

    This is the most fun I have ever had in my life.

    Am learning a lot

    Great professors, great classes, great atmosphere.

  • 09/13/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Likes a great education coupled with an SEC atmosphere Likes being lost in a crowd

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your homework and, if you're a Tennesseean, take advantage of the Governor's School program and the state lottery scholarships. Volunteer and work on your extracurriculars- UT values them more than most schools.

    Bang for the buck

    Although it arguably provides the best education state-wide and although many national ranking place UT as being one the most affordable universities, it is much more expensive than the other public schools in Tennessee.

    Will enjoy being here

    UT is a very large school, and its campus is sprawling. Knoxville is somewhat backwoods in comparison to other larger cities like Nashville or Memphis, but it seems fun. So if you're used to the big city, then Knoxville may seem a little lacking. It is a real college town, and apart from school and outdoor activites, there's little else to do.

    Will learn a lot

    UT is most likely the best public school in Tennessee in regard to academics. It has so many programs and is incredibly versatile in helping you shape your degree.

  • 09/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Apply before November 1! Definitly increases your chances of scholarships.

    Am learning a lot

    Almost all my professors are awesome! All my classes are 30 people or less except my Astronomy lecture and only 75 people ever show up for that (plus if you sit in the front it doesn't feel like the room is that big). If you want a great education UT is the place to be.

  • 10/25/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    Do you enjoy the classes and professors along with the extra campus life activities?

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If a student is looking for good education, unlimited possibilities, high school spirit and campus involvement, the University of Tennessee is the perfect school. Also, if traditions are important then UTK is also ideal. We have traditions like the Torch Bearer, which inspires all students for success, and the VolWalk, where we watch and cheer on the football players before the game as they walk down towards Neyland Stadium. Also, we have great academic programs such as engineering, business, and architecture. Therefore we have a place for the brains, the jocks, the social, and the leaders.

    Tips for prospective students

    In order to prepare for college, high school students need to learn how to manage their time. While in college, not only do I have to keep up with my grades, but also any extracurricular activities. Extracurricular activities are vital because they lead to more opportunities within the school such as SGA or a campus ministry. Also, high school students should shadow people in the fields in which they are interested. I wish I would have done that before college. Luckily, I am figuring out what I want to do and plan to shadow people over the breaks. Therefore, explore your opportunities.

    Bang for the buck

    Being instate, the University of Tennessee was the best school for the best price. I feel that I am both given a great learning experience and great college life while not burning a hole in my parents' pockets. Luckily, I do not personally pay for my schooling, but I have met many people at school who do. Every dime for schooling is paid for by themselves. Second to the affordable cost is the availability of scholarships. One of my friends who did not receive scholarships for grades did earn them for being a leader. Therefore, to keep this scholarship she was required to take a specific leadership class at school. Furthermore, there is always a way to receive scholarship money.

    Am enjoying being here

    The University of Tennessee Knoxville is home. Yes, we have a large campus, but there are so many different areas to easily get involved in. I see people I know going to every single class who I have met through my different areas of involvement. The campus seems to shrink the more involved I get. I love the spirit we have hear. There are very few places who will wear orange checkerboard overalls proudly. It's great to be a Tennessee Vol!

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Tennessee Knoxville has so many different areas of learning. I, personally, still have no decided on a major. The best thing about UTK is that I don't feel limited at all. I believe that when I finally decide on a major, UTK will be able to fulfill my goals. For all of my classes, my teachers stress going to office hours and tutorial sessions. Not being a math person, the math tutorial center, which is extremely easy to use and open to everyone, has been a huge help. The students working are such a huge help and very willing. There is such a huge list of learning opportunities. Along with learning, study locations has been so important. The library is now my second dorm room. Although I have yet to pull an all-nighter, I have been able to stay there late in order to finish studying.

  • 01/12/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    IF possible the provision of campus guards for security.

    Greek Life

    I don't have anything to say about any greek experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    i don't go for clubbing but as and Apostle of christ i do more of Bible studies and evangelism.

    Great for these types of students

    students with great desire for studies are like me.I

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In my present campus the greatest unusual event is the fact that while some students are struggling to work out education by personal effort,some students pay lecturers to get marks.

    Bang for the buck

    Oops i will enjoy a tuition rewduction pending to the fact that the scholarship fee is relatively cheaper than the other institution and books are readily available.

    What to do for fun

    diversified activities being present for fun,the most prefered will be stated nevertheless athletism,football,beachball,tennisso as to help improve on the students physical exercise.

    Food and Dining

    I believe in meals prepared on campus,i trust its diet, i confide in its nutritional value,it is all i need tobe strong in the academic dormain and i am certain it will keep me booming in academics.

    Dorm Life

    I believe in awhole lots of activities one of which is creating and arena fun, thus making friends tobe happy with ones presence and also pending to the fact that socialising pushes forth theme work.

    Academic Rigor

    It is an opportunity for me to say that my accademics was not a night mear but an arena of joy and excitements cause its like i should go and start all over again.this will be obtained in that institution.i'ill learn alot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Fortunately,it is a joy to join the fellow students to appreciate on the excellency of the institution and to boost results consequently ammending the view of things with respect to the eye.

    In three sentences

    The performances of the university impressed me so much thats why i intend to finalise education there with the help of the facilitators on campus so as to foster educational standards.

  • 01/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    although precaution is best used when being in any public area, the campus safety at the university is a top priority. the school cannot control the outside hapenings of a bustling city, but informs the students of any potentially alarming news to better prepare the students. a system, known as the blue-light system, is also installed throughout the campus. it entails many hubs that serve as contact to the university and knoxville police. from stopping a robbery to just asking for a safe ride home, the blue-light system sends a police car right to you with promises of quick arrival. measures like these make me feel very safe around the campus at any time.

    Clubs and Activities

    clubs and activities are available for students and all of their interests. from intramural sports to clubs for the arts, everyone can find an activity to be involved in. volunteer activities are highly encouraged for all students to partake in. one that i enjoy participating in is clinic-vols. it is an organization where students go and volunteer to serve as nurses at local elementary schools. basic red-cross training is required and provided for those wanting to join and is very rewarding to get involved in the community through the university.

    Great for these types of students

    this is a university for any type of student. though the large campus and high number of enrolled students may be intimidating, it presents such a wide range of diversity that anyone can feel welcomed coming into. activities and resources are available to accommodate any student with any need.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the university of tennessee is one of the most tradtional schools in the south! many iconic statues and landmarks decorate the campus and traditions are taken seriously. one is of the torch-bearer ceremony where gradating senior welcome the incoming freshmen students to the university. it shows the strong bond, regardless of age, between the students. other traditions include: painting the rock, avoiding to walk across the university seal (to keep from having bad luck here), and chanting rocky top at any time possible!

    Bang for the buck

    the education at the universirty of tennessee is a worth every penny, but luckily, does not require bankruptcy. many financial aid opportunities are given to all students. even with little to no scholarships, the tuition and prices of studying and living comfortably at the university are surprisingly low for the quality that is being paid for.

    What to do for fun

    knoxville is a very lively city and has something for everyone to partake in on or off campus. on campus, sporting events are the place to be! cheering for the vols is a favorite activity of almost every student. student section seating is very energetic and lets students bond over the love of their school. there are also many extracurricular activities to be involved in with clubs to fit any-one's interests!

    Food and Dining

    there are many dining options at the university. there are several cafeterias with wide selections of food and constantly changing menus. there are also more food options at the university center. there, a variety of fast-food like eateries are gathered and include popular places such as chick-fil-a, petro's, nathan's and several others. smokey's is another dining location in the university center that provides fresh pizza, pasta, tacos, and other well liked campus foods.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life for me is very easy. i live in presidential court where i can easily access most of campus including educational and recreational buildings. i have a suite style room which provides the privacy that community dorms lack in terms of room and bathroom facilities. the room itself is not very large, but provides enough space for what is truly needed.

    Academic Rigor

    academic rigor depends on your atnicipated major and amount of hours taken each semester. any class may be difficult and truly depends on personal preferences of classes. if students are willing to focus and give each class the hours of work it requires to understand the content, the difficulty of the class vanishes as their ability to master the subject grows.

    Tips for prospective students

    i would advise future students to dual enroll in smaller colleges or have some college course experience before coming to the university so the transition is not overwhelming. i also advise applying for the scholarships that the university offers and take advantage of the programs at the school to build your resume.

    In three sentences

    i am from a small town and came here for the best academic opportunities and it has been a worth everything i have done to get here. although it is a large school and associated with parties, it is also a haven for the true scholars and academically focused student. the university of tennessee has something for everyone.

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    climbing wall, trecs, run around campus, hang up a hammock.

    Food and Dining

    there's food everywhere, so...5 stars.

    Dorm Life

    best time of my life.

    Academic Rigor

    depends on what you're taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    even if you don't take notes, go to class. nothing is worse than waking up the day of an exam to a class you've only been to twice. it's worth it, trust me!

    In three sentences

    offering more opportunities than one could ever imagine, this school has opened up my eyes to multiple newfound passions. through their outdoor and recreation programs and facilities, i was able to hit up the climbing wall right after (or before) a long day of studying in the library. everyone has a place here.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    several emergency phones planted throughout the campus. campus police patrol the nearby neighborhoods. transportation offered for students with late-night classes.

    Clubs and Activities

    plenty of options. diverse.

    Great for these types of students

    social and eager to learn.

    Bang for the buck

    tuition- anywhere, is expensive.

    What to do for fun

    the campus offers many fun activities from the gymnasium to screening movies.

    Food and Dining

    i frequent the food court. very tasty.

    Dorm Life

    does not apply to me.

    Academic Rigor

    reasonable.

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared.

    In three sentences

    i am really impressed by this school. the quality of the teachers are great. whether the class is big or small, the quality is the same.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the is the t-link, that will come and pick you at any time of the night. there are also blue lights all over campus that will connect you to the police or t-link. the university also has ut police around campus most of the time.

    Greek Life

    i'm not involved in any greek life :(

    Clubs and Activities

    i was personally in the pride of the southland band and it was alot of fun. all activities help you to meet new people on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    studious active adventurous friendly

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    never walk over the crest on campus. always take a trip up the hill. if you are here for saturday night football, come check out the pride of the southland band's salute to the hill

    Bang for the buck

    i pay out-of-state because i am from michigan. the tuition here at utk is cheaper than university of michigan and michigan state university.

    What to do for fun

    there is always something to do on campus, such as concerts, basketball games, protests, the strip and nearby downtown. there is always people and events going on in the fall for volunteer football.

    Food and Dining

    there are lots of 'meal plan' areas to eat along with normal restaurants as well. the best part is that places like subway, chick-fil-a, and others take your meal plan at certain times of the day.

    Dorm Life

    you meet lots of new people and dorm life helps you to interact in the campus experience.

    Academic Rigor

    you should always check which teacher you are getting because some are better than others and either make the class more fun or easier to understand.

    Tips for prospective students

    bring a good pair of walking shoes because walking up the hills in uncomfortable is not fun.

    In three sentences

    i love the campus, it provides good workouts going across campus to classes and places to eat. all the teachers are friendly, smart, and willing to always provide help. all the people here are really nice and helpful. living in the dorms helped to introduce me to lots of people

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    police present, but not annoying. blue lights and transportation provided to help keep us safe!

    Greek Life

    very fun and an incredible way to meet new people.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are an infinite amount of clubs possible to join, just have to narrow it down!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    never step on the seal!!!

    What to do for fun

    many options for this topic, malls nearby, the night life is awesome, many clubs to join.

    Food and Dining

    the food isn't incredible, but let's be honest, a lot of us are used to home cooked meals.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is really fun and the r.a.'s try to make your community fun and safe and like a family. it's fun to meet new people and become friends with those that live on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    it all depends on the courses you take and your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    take a lot of ap classes, or dual enrollment. research your intended major to try to figure out what classes will be beneficial to you and your future.

    In three sentences

    the university of tennessee has a lot to offer in a variety of ways including class and outside of class. there is a lot of diversity here, and people are willing to help one another. the university of tennessee is a home away from home for me, and i feel so welcome here.

  • 01/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I would say to get the most out of your experience, try a few clubs and extra-curriculars. You'll find at least one that fits and make so many friends!

    Great for these types of students

    School-spirited, involved, outgoing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many traditions here! The power T stands for tradition just as much as it stands for Tennessee! Biggest one - don't step on the seal in front of the library! (If you do, you won't graduate in 4 years!)

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of different places on campus to eat, including chains like Subway and IHOP. There's lots of variety, even from day to day, in any given cafeteria on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Definitely live on campus your first year here, and don't room with your friends.

    Academic Rigor

    If you seek out the hard classes, you will be challenged. But there are many free tutors and help centers available for any course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study more than you think you need to, make as many friends as possible, get to know your professors, and get involved as much as you can.

    In three sentences

    UT is a great place to be, especially if you are looking for a challenge. some classes are pretty big, but I've found you can seek out the smaller classes in most cases. There is always a lot to do and many new things to experience and get involved it. Also, there's no place like Rocky Top on a Saturday afternoon during football season. Go Vols!

  • 02/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    don't walk over the seal on pedestrian walkway!

    What to do for fun

    the strip is always fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    attend class and get involved.

    In three sentences

    the university of tennessee at knoxville is great. there are many class options. there is always help available.

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    we have constant emails of anything bad going on on campus. the safety on cmapus is great and you will be comfortable to walk on campus.

    Greek Life

    greeks are greeks! they have a lot going on and they are fun to be around.

    What to do for fun

    everyday there is something going on so you will never be bored. the weekend is when everyone really gets out and has fun. the football and basketball games are always fun to go to as well.

    Food and Dining

    we have many restaurants on campus and they have expanded them across campus. the food is good and you get enough dining dollars to eat the a lot of papa johns! yumm

    Dorm Life

    every dorm has its many fun activities. regardless of where you stay you will enjoy the living experience and you will make new friends along the way.

    Academic Rigor

    this being college there courses are not going to be easy. you get out what you put in to the work. you work hard then you will succeed here.

    Tips for prospective students

    this is a very big school so there are a lot of opportunities and the learning experience is great. you have support from everyone because they have the same goals as you.

    In three sentences

    this school is the best school in tennessee hands down. every aspect of the school is great. when you leave you will bleed orange!!

  • 02/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    though the campus is rather large, the university has implemented many safety measures to ensure student safety. for instance, ut pd is always on alert looking out for the students. also, there are many blue lights around campus to help foil any crimes that may occur. overall, it is a safe place to live.

    Greek Life

    personally, i did not join a fraternity my first semester of college to ensure i kept a high academic standard. but this semester i decided to pledge myself to a fraternity on campus, and it has quickly become one of the best decisions i have ever made.

    Clubs and Activities

    being a freshman, i understand that there are many things to become involved in on campus. for instance, in my first year, i have become a member of sga freshman council and student services campus outreach committee. also, i have applied for student alumni associates, resident assistant, and volcorps. for others who want a close bond on campus, greek life is another great opportunity.

    Great for these types of students

    students who adhere to universities that offer a home away from home feeling should definitely consider ut. not only does the university create a friendly environment for personal relationships, it also offers many things outside of campus because it is located in the third largest city in the state of tennessee.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    you don't have to look far to find a multitude of traditions on campus. there is even a handbook with over 100 ut traditions. some of these include singing rocky top, visiting the torch, ayres hall, neyland stadium, pedestrian walkway, etc. you will always find something interesting on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    the university recently raised its tuition prices for this school year. it was due to cuts in funding by the state of tennessee. the raise was necessary to continue growing as a university which is extremely understandable.

    What to do for fun

    there are a multitude of things to do for fun. one of the most popular would be attending sporting events. football, soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, and other sports are great ways to show support for the university.

    Food and Dining

    i spent most of my days in the presidential court buffet with my meal plan. the food is always good and there is much variety. also, the university center has much to offer in food choice such as my favorites, chik-fil-a and petro's.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life at ut is phenomenal. though the space is small, residential halls offer so much to its residents. the resident assistants on each floor inspired me to apply to become an ra for the next school year.

    Academic Rigor

    the university of tennessee is a top 50 public school nationally. we are striving to be in the top 25 which means classes are more strenuous and challenging, which is good for both the university and its students.

    Tips for prospective students

    try to get involved in as many things as you possibly can. attempt to leave a mark on the university once you have successfully applied your time to the university.

    In three sentences

    the university of tennessee has the most to offer incoming students. the academics are constantly improving and being recognized nationally. furthermore, the chances to get involved are practically endless on campus.

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    although you may hear stories, as long as you are smart about traveling and where you go campus is safe.

    Greek Life

    there is other life besides greek life. i have friends who are greek, but there is more to college than greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a club for anything, and if there happens to not be start one and others are bound to join.

    Great for these types of students

    anyone can fit in here. you do not need to be a ut fan, as i am not. just learn to try new things and have a good time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    just some small things you will experience as a student.

    What to do for fun

    the strip is minutes away. explore somewhere in knoxville. go to gatlinburg.

    Food and Dining

    the food is food. not home cooking but it works. you can find good food on campus, just takes some work.

    Dorm Life

    living in a dorm is part of the complete experience. learn to live with multiple people and make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are hard and require work. do it for you. it is hard but will pay off.

    Tips for prospective students

    look up your professors. go to class. no online classes. get involved.

    In three sentences

    the university may not be the most pretty, but does challenge you to do your best. the professors are good for the most part and are willing to help.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    great! areas are highly lighted even in the alleys. also, there are safety meters everywhere that you can push if you have an emergency and the police are just a block from the university as well as the fire department.

    Clubs and Activities

    not very many clubs out, but you can create your own. this campus is student based and thrives only for students!

    What to do for fun

    with gatlinburg nearly a 45 minute drive from here, there is many outdoor activities that can be done. whether you know the area or do not, there is always something out there for the student within trecs and the outdoors program. also, at the hper building, we have a rock wall that is free to climb.

    Tips for prospective students

    the university of tennessee has an amazing veterinary program for those that are considering going into pre-med but don't give up on this university if that is not what you are planning on pursuing. the university sponsors many highly skilled areas, such as a great math department, psychology department, and science department.

    In three sentences

    the university of tennesse has been a great start to the beginning of my adult life. every classroom i've attended has had a feeling of welcome and high-esteem to keep me pushing for the tassle in my senior year. the university is very big and i have yet to meet a person i disliked here yet.

  • 02/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    only 13% greek. there are many other opportunities for involvement.

    Great for these types of students

    everyone!

    Bang for the buck

    very good value for the money you pay!

    What to do for fun

    join campus organizations! go to football games in the 4th biggest football stadium in the us!

    Food and Dining

    good food, not your typical cafeteria food!! souther kitchen makes you feel just like you're at home, eating your mom's food!

    Dorm Life

    ra's are thoroughly screened, and all provide lots of help, encouragement, and support. some of the dorms are a little older, but the university is making progress on renovation!

    Academic Rigor

    this school is quickly rising to the top 25 universities, and offers a wonderful educational experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply to ut, apply early!

    In three sentences

    this university is exceptional! from football to academics, this school offers a wide range of opportunities, and truly wants every student to succeed. attending the university of tennessee has truly set me up for success, both as a person, and for a wonderful career!

  • 03/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    athletes - it's the best!!! greek life

    Bang for the buck

    amazing if you are in-state, good for out of state

    What to do for fun

    go to sporting events. get to know classmates and dorm mates.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved on campus. go to class!!!

    In three sentences

    they offer wonderful athletics for men and women. great school spirit and the whole city of knoxville loves their vols and lady vols. it is great to be a tennessee vol!

  • 03/10/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    food is everywhere. it ranges from fast-food to dine-in.

    Dorm Life

    dorms are nice.

    Tips for prospective students

    visit. the campus is hilly.

    In three sentences

    utk is a great school, especially for the price. the quality of education may not be harvard or yale, but it definitively is high quality and much, much cheaper. moreover, engineering students will go to heaven.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    nature. sports.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be shy. go to class.

    In three sentences

    knoxville is a great city. college atmosphere is terrific especially in the fall. coursework is challenging.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are not very many accidents that happen on campus, but we still have UT police that patrol the campus. There are also blue lights all around campus that you can press in case of an emergency.

    Greek Life

    If Greek life is something that you are into, the opportunity is available. The groups are large and usually very known around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are almost an unlimited amount of groups and clubs that you can join. If you can think of it there is a club for it and if not you are always welcome to create one yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for Tennessee football fans! Also good for those who are seriously considering a career in the science field.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You can paint the rock at any point your career at the university.

    Bang for the buck

    You pay way more than what you get. You are basically paying for the name and a pretty campus.

    What to do for fun

    If your looking for something to do there is usually always a football or basketball game to go to. Or you could go workout at the T-REC, study in the library or just hang out in presidential courtyard.

    Food and Dining

    Campus cafeteria food is usually fresh the first couple of weeks after school starts but after that you can pretty much give up on that. They serve the same dried flavorless foods. Luckily we have lots of restaurant options on campus such as I HOP, Subway, Quizznos, McAlisters, etc.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are nicer than others e.g larger rooms, more desk space, but you may have to give up on a private bathroom. If you are into community bathrooms you will do just fine. RA's are usually very nice, and you can meet lots of new people on your floor and in your building.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very challenging depending on what you take. We always are one of the last schools to go on any kind of break because we always have plenty of work to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    You do not have to buy every book for all of your classes, most professors don't require you to use them. Try looking into staying off campus, you save lots of money.

    In three sentences

    This is a very large campus, but it has plenty of resources. The price of everything can be overwhelming but you eventually get used to it, for the most part. The classes are usually very large.

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The UT Police are right down the road. I have not heard of anyone dying. They could be better, but it is the real world and you have to take care of yourself first. They are there for assistance. Just be smart and aware of your surroundings.

    Greek Life

    The Greeks on campus are pretty cool. You see them around every so often. In the fall they give step shows and other performances.

    Clubs and Activities

    Basically just read what was written under the what to do for fun tab. You will not be disappointed. If you think it, it either exists already or you can get a group of friends and make it happen.

    Great for these types of students

    Hodges Library- for those study gurus who have all nighters and do not want to disturb their roommate or want piece and quiet. T-Recs- great for those who love their fitness or just want to workout The Strip- great for those who get tired of campus food and want something different

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The only thing that I can think of is that me and my roommate would get crunk before we went out to the club or a party, even before we hit the gym.

    Bang for the buck

    All I can say is that once you're here you will not want to go anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    There's lots to do around campus. If you are ever bored you better have a good reason, like rain or snow. The weather is very unpredictable. For the most part there is a gym and there are outdoor and indoor activities that go on everyday. I do not know of a day that went by with out receiving an email about an event that i could attend on campus.

    Food and Dining

    I am one person who enjoys food. I hear people complaining about missing home cooked meals. Anything is fine with me. FYI, go visit Southern Kitchen.

    Dorm Life

    I knew who my roommate was because we went to high school together. We redecorated our room and the space was amazing. Just have fun but don't get stupid in the dorm. You are only renting it, so there are rules that come along.

    Academic Rigor

    Unlike high school, your professors are not all in the same building, so they are not able to communicate with each other and let this one or that one know when they assign a project. You may end up with two or three assigned projects, each one harder than the next, due on the same days. Don't procrastinate.

    Tips for prospective students

    You really need to study all of your classes if you can right after class is over. That really helped me remember the curriculum in class. You also need to engage in class, right or wrong answer.

    In three sentences

    -Preparing me for the real word: 8 out of 10 -Professor engagement: 8 out of 10 -How active campus students are: 10 out of 10

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's so many things to do. You could go to TRECS and workout. You could go to a sporting event and watch our world famous football and women's basketball teams. You can even just walk around and enjoy the scenery of the mountains miles away.

    Food and Dining

    The food options are spectacular. There's a wide array of restaurants on campus and the campus is very close to the strip, which offers even more food options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are what you can expect, but the campus is rebuilding and renovating several buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    Provides opportunities that challenge the student's way of thinking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you stay ahead of all your academic advising schedules, so you can be able to add all the classes you need

    In three sentences

    Overall, parking is the biggest pain. The faculty and staff are truly committed to each and every student. I believe, it's the greatest university around.

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is large, yet very safe. There are emergency blue-light towers stationed all over the campus and the bus will always pick you up if you call.

    Greek Life

    The University of Tennessee has a very large and active Greek life.

    Great for these types of students

    Aspiring sorority or fraternity members, anthropology degree seekers, law students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's said that if you walk over the seal on Pedestrian Walkway, you won't graduate in four years. Bad luck!

    What to do for fun

    Head over to the TRECS for great workout equipment and tons of fun group exercise classes, go swimming, ride your bike around campus, walk along the Strip (Cumberland Avenue), and just explore!

    Food and Dining

    The dining options are fairly average, but the cafeterias offer decently good food and are convenient if you have a meal plan (which is required of all freshmen and students in dorms).

    Dorm Life

    There is plenty of space in the dorms, as well as many great people to meet. I wouldn't recommend staying in a dorm past your freshman year, but they definitely offer many learning and life experiences, as well as fond memories to look back on.

    Academic Rigor

    The determining factor for how difficult a class will be is the professor. The key is to find a professor that you can understand well, one who is willing to be understanding toward you and communicate, yet one who is also capable of challenging you and helping you to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to walk, because the campus is large and hilly -- you will get plenty of exercise. The most important aspect of college, however, is time management. Plan your schedule wisely, be responsible, and you'll do fine.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is a large, beautiful campus with myriad opportunities. There are clubs, sports, academics, and events for people of all interests and backgrounds. I couldn't hope for more out of a college experience.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a recognizable degree from a great school as well as maintaining a very busy social life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A strange love for the color orange...

    What to do for fun

    Any sporting event! They give out many different spirit items ranging from foam fingers, t-shirts, to pom poms. Considering this is a division 1 school, sports are kind of a big deal. Knoxville does not just only offer sports, but a lively downtown and strip right next to campus that are home to a variety of places to eat, bars, and clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The provide a wide arrangement of food through the various meal plans offered.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is mostly based on whom you live with and how you choose to feel about it. Some of the dorms are not as spacious compared to others on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It honestly just depends on the teacher you have, but overall it isn't too difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and take advantage of all the clubs offered here on campus!

    In three sentences

    Honestly, The University of Tennessee has been the best experience of my life. The campus provides a wide variety of people as well as resources to better your learning. Everyone should learn what it means to be a Tennessee Vol!

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At orientation, they will make a big deal about the blue light phones. They give you the impression that they have a GPS locator type device in them. They don't; you have to inform them of where you are.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more than 400+ clubs and other activities that people may get involved with!

    Great for these types of students

    Although UT is branded as a party school, I do not party and still enjoy it. There are plenty of students who do not party who attend this university.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is a little bit pricey. I have personally never had any major complaint with an instructor though.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I usually go swimming at the aquatic center. They even have an indoor pool for cold weather. Zumba is also another great thing to do!

    Food and Dining

    The food is very gross. I rarely use my meal plan. I recommend really thinking about it before you sign up for a meal plan, because you might just end up buying groceries, like me.

    Dorm Life

    I personally do not reccomend dorms with community style bathrooms. Apart from that, the resident advisors are very helpful with any problems you might have. As far as the condition of the dorms, I would rate them as fair.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load gets pretty tough. Sometimes you will have multiple assignments due in one day. Do not procrastinate, and you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class and do all assigned homework. If you do not understand something, ask your instructor. They will be more than happy to help you out.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is an amazing school! The staff is definitely helpful in helping students succeed. UT also offers a wide variety of programs, giving students many opportunities.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    UT is a diverse campus full of people with different cultures, ideals and interest. Students are encouraged to get inVOLved on campus so there is a little something for everyone at UT.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a pretty affordable college for and SEC school, especially if you live in Tennessee already.

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do fun. Tons of amphitheaters, free space, and sports. Don't forget to mention THE STRIP, part of Cumberland Ave. where there are plenty venues for eateries, gas, and misc. goods.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious. It's not your typical cafeteria, it's like a feast/buffet. The food choices are almost unlimited and they kitchen staff serves food for everyone of different tastes.

    Dorm Life

    All dorms are very habitable and can quickly become your new home except Andy Holt, I don't advise living there because it's an older building. The residential staff is welcoming and understanding.

    Academic Rigor

    UTK has a very good Engineering department. Although its rigorous, you will be sure to be prepared for a full-time job. The University of Tennessee is also known for many other achievements in academia.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to own lots of ORANGE apparel to show school spirit. UT is famous for their school spirit. BIG ORANGE COUNTRY! GO VOLS!

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is a very large and diverse campus where there are plenty of opportunities to get involved on campus. It is listed as one of the top ranking research institutions in the region and is highly ranked among the nation. UTK is full of students who love their school and are not afraid to show it.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Football. Sports. UTOP (Outdoor Program). Movie nights. There are many things you can do for fun around here.

    Food and Dining

    UT has a lot of great options for dining, with food that actually tastes good. But it is annoying that a few of the dining halls close on weekends, and dining hours for almost all places change on long weekends. Students who have to stay over a long weekend may have to make other plans for dining on these occasions.

    Academic Rigor

    You can't skip classes and assignments and expect to get A's, but if you work to get good grades, you will probably succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the campus's resources and professor's office hours. There is some free tutoring, and having a professor know your name and how hard you work (especially when you are in large lecture halls) can help you.

    In three sentences

    There are a lot of good classes and teachers- most professors truly care about how much the students learn, and classes are actually interesting. Plus attending the sporting events (especially football) is a lot of fun. Between the academic and non-academic aspects of student life, I love it here.

  • 04/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    ANY type of students.

    Bang for the buck

    Not going to lie, the University of Tennessee is quite expensive and can have its flaws. However, I would not want to go anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    What is there not to do for fun?! It's Knoxville. Knoxville in itself is an amazing city to live in and have activities to do. There never seems to be a dull moment whether you're on or off campus. I personally enjoy going to the greenway and World's Fair Park to hang out with my friends.

    Food and Dining

    The University of Tennessee has a broad selection of dining on campus. My personal favorite is in my own dorm, Morrill Hall. It is very close and convenient. It offers very good food. I have never had a bad experience in any of the dining halls that I eat in.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is NOT as bad as people make it out to be. Especially here at the University of Tennessee. I love living in my dorm. Everyone on my floor is nice and they are all respectful. I am pretty sure the majority of us leave our doors unlocked at all times.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Tennessee does a wonderful job of pushing students in the area of academia. The majority of the professors take their jobs very seriously and strive to enrich the minds of their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips would be: 1. Do your research on the teachers you choose. 2. Don't underestimate the difficulty of your assignments. 3. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is an excellent place to be a student and a citizen. I love the campus, the city, and the atmosphere that it embodies. I would change nothing about the University of Tennessee.

  • 04/27/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    UT offers a variety of clubs and activities. You wouldn't imagine all of the clubs they have. For example, they have a cardboard club, which is where students play card games and board games, which I found very interesting.

    Food and Dining

    This school has a lot of places that you can eat, and two places are open 24 hours, so you will always have a place to eat.

    Dorm Life

    They have two main types of dorm rooms, and dorms are a great way to meet new people and make friends if you're new.

    Academic Rigor

    UT pushes students, and they have any major you could imagine. You can create your own major, so you will be able to learn anything you want here.

  • 04/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency centers placed throughout campus where you can push a button to contact a police escort for any late night. UT police and Knoxville police are pretty active and usually close.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are an enormous amount of clubs and activities to get involved in at UT and in the Knoxville area in a great variety. I think it'd be hard for someone to not fit in somewhere.

    Great for these types of students

    Any! I am not much of a partier, so I thought I wouldn't find much to do, but there are always things to do in Knoxville and there are so many different types of people to meet.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is pretty expensive, so apply for scholarships as much as possible, but it is worth it in my opinion

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Knoxville with movie theaters, clubs, bars and restaurants is only a walk away. There are also two parks in the area with running/walking trails, tennis courts and a play ground. There are frequently concerts in the area and the gym on campus always has available outdoor trips. Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area is also only 40 minutes away where there is tons to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of choices from Asian, American, breakfast, pizza, home cooking and salads/wraps.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms at UT, but I had many friends in the dorms and they loved it.

    Academic Rigor

    For my major, Animal Science Pre-Vet, academics are quite challenging, but only because we are planning to carry on to veterinary school. I think there are easy and hard classes and it all depends on your major and the teacher. Utilize peer teacher reviews online!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! The school is quite large in number, so being involved helps make it smaller and helps you make friends with common interests. Also, make sure you talk to more than just your adviser when it comes to picking classes and teachers. Utilize other teachers, peers in the same major and online teacher reviews.

    In three sentences

    As a transfer student, I would give the University of Tennessee at Knoxville a 9 out of 10 on the rating scale. The location, academics and extracurricular activities offered are all as ideal as I could imagine they could be.The only problem I have run into while here is with the sub-par advisers.

  • 04/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is on point. There are stations all around campus that you can push and UT police officer will come and escort you to where you need to go if you feel unsafe or you can call the T-Link at any hour and they will do the same.

    Greek Life

    GO GREEK. Best decision of my life.

    Food and Dining

    The dining is ok. UT could use some renovation in this area, but they know that and are trying to change it. The dining halls repeat their food selections more than not, but the brand name places are always fine and have good deals most of the time.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms will always be one of my most memorable experiences. No matter what anyone tells you, or what you hear, don't listen. I have made many many many friendships by living in the dorm and meeting people, however I feel as if it is a one and done experience. It's good for a year, but more than that would just be too much. There isn't enough room to live completely comfortable for over a year.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be difficult and some can be easy. Just like it is at every university. Dependent upon your teacher, depends on whether or not you'll enjoy the class. All of the classes assign the same work for the most part. Some of the teachers are foreign, which makes them hard to understand.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go into the year with an open mind and be nice to people, you'll easily gain a lot of friendships. Get to know your suite mates, you'll more than likely love them, like I do mine.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is an outstanding school to gain an education. During my first year at the school, I have learned many things and have also matured a vast amount. I am proud that I will be able to call UT my alma mater.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't forget, you're going to college for the degree, not the parties. Ask questions! Be aware that it is a highly populated school, and therefore it loses alot of personalization and class.

    In three sentences

    I was very impressed with the campus and student life on campus. The university is prime real estate in regards to out of the classroom activities. The student body was very enthusiastic and friendly during the tour.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    you can party, but dont get caught drunk or there are serious consequences.

    Food and Dining

    food is ok but it can be alot better in my opinion.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is good if you stay in an apartment or clement hall, but not all have the same qualities as the ones i stated.

    Tips for prospective students

    always study here or you will get behind in your classes

    In three sentences

    it is a great school to be at because of the environment and social atmosphere. if help is needed in classes there are lots of things you can do to receive that help on campus. people are very friendly and networking is the best way to get through college.

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus its pretty safe, however, UT is still near a city and things tend to happen a little ways from campus.

    Greek Life

    Pretty big here, but UT is big enough if you aren't into it its not a big deal.

    Clubs and Activities

    Honestly, too many to list. There's a ton of Greek life, professional societies and clubs here on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    I believe everyone can find their niche here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Painting the Rock is pretty fun to do.

    Bang for the buck

    I think UT is has great value. Big school atmosphere is a smaller setting. Plenty of programs and opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    Always people to meet, sporting events are tons of fun, intramurals, some clubs/bars within walking distance to campus, house parties, chill on campus, go to larger parks nearby, go to pool, socialize at restaurants and food courts. Plenty to do in the city, the mall, Market Square & Old City are fun to go to as well.

    Food and Dining

    I'm not a picky eater, so I think the food here is pretty good. They've added new restaurants, remodeled existing food courts, in a focused effort to make it better.

    Dorm Life

    I particularly liked living in the dorm honestly so I stayed two years. I lived on the ground floor of Reese, it was quiet, close to food, and wasn't far from friends and classes. Dorms are dorms however, there will usually always be something wrong.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the college and major. The business, architecture, nursing and engineering programs are all challenging in their own right. In the end, I feel all programs and colleges here prepare you for post college life.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is so much to do and be a part of here, the worst thing you can do is be a recluse and not get involved. Additionally, go ahead and soak up all the traditions UT has to offer, whether sporting events, Greek life, or a multitude of other things. Being active is the way to go.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is a cost-competitive and accommodating institution of higher education. UT offers degrees in almost any field you can think of with many campus traditions and student groups. In addition, the resources and programs available to undergraduates is astounding. If you want to do research, study abroad, or get involved with the community, through UT you can make it happen.

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus there are blue lights where you can hit them and a police officer will get there asap. They're also in sight of each other so if you feel you're being stalked or chased you can tag the buttons in a line and the police will get to the next one. With that said there are incidents still, and they will be sent out in emails and txt alerts to keep students safe. The Fort (Fort Sanders - the area across Cumberland aka The Strip) does get dangerous at late night mostly due to the low income nature of the area and large amount of homeless persons. The saying goes what happens in the Fort tonight will be in the Email tomorrow! Just don't walk alone really is the biggest thing off of campus.

    Greek Life

    While I'm not greek, some of my friends and both of my siblings are. Some greeks are obnoxious about being such and like to cause a scene and make all greek groups. But really a lot of them are fine with whoever. Also greek life is really large here if you are interested in doing it, yet it isn't like some SEC colleges where you won't be able to find a fun and interesting group of people if you don't.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and groups it's mind boggling. If you have an interest - no matter what it is - there is a group or club for you to join and get into.

    Great for these types of students

    If you enjoy being social as well as being a student looking for a great education and opportunity. Life at UT is what you make it and there is a niche for really any type of student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The best tradition by far is painting the Rock. Grab some spray paint and some friends and paint it up! Also be sure to watch the Vol Walk at least once - it's the parade around campus before the football games with the band, coaches and players, and lots more.

    Bang for the buck

    It's an SEC school so there are tons of great athletic events to go to, including saturday football in Neyland Stadium. The streets on campus all the way up through the fort are orange and white!

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of groups and things to do on campus, especially as a freshman. There's the TREC which has a outdoor pool, workout facility with one of everything. Also, HPER (Next to Trec above track field - called hyper) is also a work out facility that is less crowded. On the other entrance of HPER there is a rock wall where you can rent shoes and everything. There's the Outdoor Program which functions out of the TREC facility that goes camping, backpacking, kayaking, and all that good stuff. Also you can rent outdoor equipment for super cheap, some stuff is even free to rent. If that isn't you there are so many clubs and organizations from religious groups, student activist groups, and of course greek life.

    Food and Dining

    Getting a meal plan is great, it's like eating for free. Use your meals too and save your dinning dollars till the end of the spring semester because by then the cafeteria food that was great in the fall begins to get worse and it starts to all look the same. Also, if you have morning classes I would suggest getting breakfast, it's not the best but it is good and will keep you alert and ready for class.

    Dorm Life

    When you first move into the dorms life is amazing. Everyone is ready to meet new people, and everything is new. You won't even care how old and cheaply constructed the dorms are. Everything is so close, and with a meal plan it's like eating free all the time. However after winter break and being reminded what real food and comfort is, the dorms begin to look like what they really are. But don't worry after it gets warm everyone is outside in presidential court yard again and life is great. The RA's are pretty cool and usually relaxed about most rules. Also a little tip, cover the air ducts to keep the dorm circulated air out so you wont get sick when the viruses and all begin. Also you better get a room fan, the AC isn't great, and the heat stays on until late spring.

    Academic Rigor

    At UT life is what you make it, and that is especially true with your academics. You can take 12 hours a semester and not graduate on time, or work 20 hours a week on top a 17+ hour semester. What you take and when you take it also makes the difficulty change greatly. Balance is key, try and take something that interests you and something that challenges you. If you sign up for a easy semester, you will end up taking a semester that will make you question your sanity and intelligence the following semester. All the courses here have the possibility to be incredibly hard or fairly simple. Some general education requirements may whip you and some upper level courses you may laugh at, but still take everything seriously - it pays off later.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Go to class, and master even the basics - you can not begin to understand how much this will help down the line. At UT you have an unbelievably capable faculty who mostly are more than available and would like to get to know you as well as help you as much as they can. Even general education courses are taught by professors that can offer insight as well as opportunities. Being a SEC school athletic events are fun and great ways to meet new people and life on campus is great. With that said however keep school your first priority! Get involved and explore opportunities through other students, professors, and advisors.

    In three sentences

    At the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, life is what you make of it. You can party and live it up, or you can be a part of ground breaking research and create a better world. Being a SEC school provides a good opportunity but being enrolled in Tennessee's flagship and only land-grant research college is a great opportunity.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is incredible, we have alerts, blue lights, and patrolling officers. If you do not feel safe on walking to your car or dorm there is a 1-800 number you can call and one of the officers will escort you to your vehicle safely.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a rock by the track that, I kid you not, get's painted over at least three times a day. It's a crazy tradition and you will love to join in. We also have our great Rocky Top song that you will learn in a day, I promise.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on at the school or even downtown, ranging from concerts like Volapalooza to the famous UT Football games. The restaurants close to college offer trivia nights and during breaks the school usually hosts visits from scholars and movies.

    Food and Dining

    The UC is great and has many selections of food. Also many of the restaurants in the downtown area allow the use of the diner dollars that parents put their children on with the meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    I heard dorm life was great aside from the crazy fire alarms, many people are respectful of others and finding and making friends is easy in this environment.

    Academic Rigor

    So many students are serious about going to class at this University, it's rare to find an empty class room, in fact there have been many times that students show up for class fifteen minutes before it starts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you study and don't procrastinate just because your professor gave you an extension. Use your resources wisely and widely, and lastly find a buddy that you get along with in your class. This helps when it comes time for exams and mini tests to help ease the stress of college.

    In three sentences

    The college has a great atmosphere that helps promote easy learning. Many of the professors are research oriented and their classes reflect that. I also think that many of the professors challenge real life critical thinking in their lectures.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a major issue to the university. With Knoxville being such a large area there will always be crime. The more people you pack into a place the larger the crime rate will be. To combat that UTK has put up Blue Lights. These lights are spaced evenly throughout the campus to ensure that wherever you are standing you can see one glowing. If you ever feel unsafe you can call a UTPD officer to assist you or a bus to take you back to your place. If there is an emergency you can press the red button and an officer will be there within 30 seconds or less.

    Greek Life

    There are many different Greek communities on campus. If that is what you are into, it will not be hard your first year to find one that you like and rush.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many many clubs and activities to do on campus! This place is full of them! You can do anything from club sports, residence halls association, SGA, to church groups.

    Great for these types of students

    UTK is great for students who are more extroverted than introverted. Don't get me wrong when I say that though. Introverted people will still fit in here, but it might be harder for them to make friend the first year since it is such a large community. It can be easy to get lost in the crowd if you don't try and stand out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many traditions here at UTK. It is one of the things this campus prides itself in. One of my favorites is The Rock. Anytime you want, students can go down to the rock and paint whatever they want on it. It gives students a chance to blow off steam, express their emotions, or voice their opinions on matters around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel as though I am getting my money's worth here at UTK. I am taking classes that are progressing my knowledge and I am also making lasting friendships.

    What to do for fun

    Right off of campus is the strip. It has multiple places to eat and a few bars if you want that. A few blocks east of campus is downtown. There are many things to do there such as, the movies, live theaters, restaurants, bars, and historical places to tour.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at UTK is about what I would presume to be average for a large university. The food is okay at the places, and I'm alright with this because they have to serve such a large amount of students. There are many different restaurant chains on campus if you prefer that over the cafeteria, but they can be a little bit pricey. There is also the strip, which is located right off of campus, that has many different restaurant choices.

    Dorm Life

    UTK's residence halls are a great place to live. You have a wide range from traditional and suite style to apartment style. You cannot live in the apartments your first year, but it is a great place to be your last few years. I personally propose that first years live in the Traditional Style. Yes, you have a community bathroom, but you will get to know so many more of your neighbors than if you lived in suite style. And honestly, no one bothers you in the bathrooms at traditional buildings because they want the same in return.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are tough, but not impossible. You will have a few professors who have a language barrier problem, but if you talk to them one-on-one you will find them more manageable. There will always be tough classes at any university and UTK is no different.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you want to come to a university where your first two years will be spent in mostly large classes. It will not be until your 3rd year that you will begin to get into small, more personal classes. Try and get involved on campus your first year. It is not hard, because they have so many events every week. The more you are involved at UTK the better your grades will be.

    In three sentences

    UTK has a great atmosphere! The classes are large for those that are looking for that type of university. Although the classes are large you will always find staff that are knowledgeable and helpful!

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel as if campus is extremely safe. It is patrolled by both the Knoxville Police and the campus police departments respectively, and there are emergency phones placed around campus in case you don't feel safe and need an escort late at night.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On campus, we have The Rock, which is a giant rock that students are allowed to paint messages on. During game season, you can see works of art all over this rock and messages (both appropriate and not).

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do on campus for fun. There is almost always some event somewhere, like a guest speaker to listen to or a free concert. If there's not, there's always people playing Frisbee in the amphitheatre or hula hooping. You can also go to the library and enjoy some time alone.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not bad, but it can get a bit old rather quickly. The cafeterias have their days where everything sucks, but for the most part everything is edible and you can utilize your meal plan here and eat all you could possibly want. If it's getting old, you can always go to the strip and get something from a local restaurant or head to Subway or Einstein bros.

    Dorm Life

    I had a bit of a bad experience with my first roommate, but I stayed with her all year up until the last month and a half where I moved in with a good friend of mine. My advice is don't let your roommate walk all over you, stick up for yourself, and if the situation isn't working do not try to force it to. Sort it out with the help of a RA or the hall director, they will gladly help, it is their job. Living on campus was a choice I do not regret, as it's very convenient and you can get places faster than having to find public transport to campus every time you have a class. Plus, you can see your friends whenever you want. They're just a walk away.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at UT aren't extremely difficult (well, I assume higher level mathematics courses and science classes are, but I am not in those courses because they aren't my thing), but they are designed to be challenging and to make you think. Nearly all the professors I have had have been professional and wonderful. You can easily talk to them when you need to discuss how your grades are or if you're having trouble with the class material. I am confident they are among the best and they prove it.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for prospective students would be to ATTEND YOUR ORIENTATION! It may seem unnecessary, but it does help you to understand where everything is on campus, which is important because UT is a large school. Once you know where everything is, you feel a lot more comfortable as opposed to just moving in and being completely and utterly lost. There are also tons of opportunities you can utilize from counseling when you need to talk to someone to tutoring if you need help academically. If you feel like you're in a rut, visit these places, they will help you get out of your dorm and on the fast track to recovery.

    In three sentences

    This university is absolutely spectacular and wonderful. There are so many opportunities here, academically and socially. UT feels a lot like home and I can honestly say I adjusted to college life swiftly and easily with help from both staff and my peers alike.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    utpd and knox pd always on campus have alert stations on campus

    Greek Life

    1 in every 4 are greek, awesome greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    intramurals are great

    Great for these types of students

    Partier/Bookworms

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on seal or won't graduate in 4 years

    Bang for the buck

    Great instate option especially with hope scholarship

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events, intramurals, greek life, ice bear games, golf, ice skating

    Food and Dining

    Awful.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life isn't bad here. Very small and outdated rooms

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging school, especially since they are on the rise to be a top 25 school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Wonderful school and fun place to live

    In three sentences

    University of Tennessee is a great, academically rising school. Although it is constantly under construction, the atmosphere is great. It is a wonderful school to have a good time and good education.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty much safe. I'm a girl and I've never felt at danger while there. The only place that has some problems is the fort sanders area. There is ALWAYS something going on but it isn't technically on campus. With that being said, it isn't best for people to walk around the surrounding areas of the campus by themselves.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty cool. Whether you're black or white it seems that every Greek organization is on campus except for a few. But the main ones are present.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a plethora of organizations and clubs to join. You can find them all on UTK's website.

    Great for these types of students

    UT is great for students that are trying to get a great education, but have fun. College should be the best time of your life, and UT is a college that makes it just that.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradiation would be Torch Night, which is where the senior class basically welcomes the incoming freshman into the university. An unsual location on campus would be Ray's Place. It's a place on the hill that sells homecooked food to eat. Many people don't know about it because everyone doesn't have to take classes on the hill, but it has pretty decent food and I think anyone should check it out.

    What to do for fun

    The school is always filled with fun things to do. Once you get involved and get to know people then you will ALWAYS have something to do. It's our of the ordinary to not have something to do while school is in session. But when there is nothing to do, it is completely boring. Fortunately, that happens once every blue moon.

    Food and Dining

    The campus food isn't that bad, but it also isn't the best either. On campus they have a Mcalister's, Subway, Petros, Chick Fil A, Pizza Hut, Ihop, and i believe that's pretty much it. If you are a normal person with a normal appetite then you will eventually get tired of eating the same thing everyday.

    Dorm Life

    I was fortunate to stay in one of the best dorms on campus (in my opinion). I stayed in Clement Hall and had my own bathroom that i shared with my roommate and suite mates. I liked it because it made taking showers and going to the restroom simpler. I never had to worry about waiting on anyone. I also enjoyed the dorm because there were always activities thrown for the residents. The only down fall of staying there and any dorm on campus for that matter is the overall temperature of the dorms when the seasons change. Sometimes it can be extremely cold outside and the heat can't be turned on until a specific time in the year and vice versa for the summer.

    Academic Rigor

    I've always been a believer that school is only as difficult as you make it. Here at UT students are all given the opportunity to make great grades, but it is what they make of it. It can get difficult at times, but as long as you communicate with you professors then all of the work is manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest for future students to become acclimated to studying on a daily basis. So many students here fail classes because they don't stay on top of their work and what is expected of them.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is an amazing school. The campus is beautiful and the environment is quite diverse. I wouldn't trade going here for anything in the world.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    high

    Greek Life

    marveles

    Clubs and Activities

    i dont like zat much,7.8

    Great for these types of students

    smart ones

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    no no

    Bang for the buck

    cool

    What to do for fun

    chatting with people

    Food and Dining

    kind of gud

    Dorm Life

    not bad

    Tips for prospective students

    like it

    In three sentences

    very good

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I hardly ever see the campus police but, I know they are there and I have not needed them. It is pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    Don't do it!!

    Clubs and Activities

    If you look around the campus you will find activities going on all the time, and there is usually free food!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone!

    What to do for fun

    Like I said the campus is beautiful, so my favorite thing to do is pick a shady spot and read. Also, there is always some kind of pick up game of any kind of sport going on somewhere, you just have to look around.

    Food and Dining

    The taste of most of the food is good. The best part is how there is always something open 24/7.

    Dorm Life

    There is always something fun going on. You can also generally find a study group in your dorm that is for your subject of study.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes are difficult but, they are set up that way so that you can learn. If you just go with the flow you will learn more than those that complain about the difficulty of the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know where your classes are before the first day of class. Have a general idea of your way around campus.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. The teacher's assistants are very helpful. The professors have flexible office hours.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UTPD does a great job of informing us when incidents happen on campus. However, it's kind of scary knowing that you could be the next victim. Be safe and walk in well lit areas!

    Clubs and Activities

    Waaaaaay too many to not be involved. I encourage all students to get involved in some area of leadership and service.

    What to do for fun

    With the abundance of students, campus organizations, and the level of involvement you never run out of diverse events to go to.

    Food and Dining

    A lot more food options than other college campuses. Chick-fil-A, KFC, Pizza Hut .. just to name a few. But it's not my mom's cooking.

    Dorm Life

    There is a perfect dorm for everyone here. I lived in Hess Hall my first two years, one with a roommate and the next year without. It's the most central dorm compared to everything else on campus. The best perk is you can walk 20 steps out the door and you're at the library!

    Academic Rigor

    Academic programs are definitely rigorous. Most of our programs are nationally ranked so upon received your degree, it speaks magnitudes about your work ethic.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is thebomb.com! When you step foot on campus, you bleed orange. Big Orange, Big Ideas.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Blue lights everywhere and campus security is always around!

    Bang for the buck

    A little expensive for me but they provide alot of services and a quality education.

    What to do for fun

    Go to football games!!! Go VOLS! There are always fun things to do downtown!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has a huge variety of food that is really tasty. But do not get dining dollars with your meal plan because everything is so overpriced in the stores on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Massey Hall is awesome!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for financial aid and admissions early. Make sure you get involved in something on campus as soon as you start so you can make new friends! Make sure you study and do all the readings for class. If you are a freshman go on the Ignite retreat!!

    In three sentences

    University of Tennessee has a beautiful campus with so many things for students to do on and around campus. My professors have all been very personable and knowledgeable. U.T.K. is everything I wanted in a college!

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have the blue lights where students in trouble or in need of a ride can push a button for help.

    What to do for fun

    There are sports, a rock-climbing wall, a pool, and there is The Strip, with tons of restaurants and cool bars.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria gets old after a while, but there are so many different options on campus.

    Dorm Life

    You'll meet so many awesome people in the dorms if you put yourself out there and try to meet them. They're new too and they'll be looking to meet new friends as well. The RAs are fun and looking to help you out.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not a walk in the park, but you have free-time and it's not so stressful if you keep up with your homework and don't skip too many classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely make it a priority to attend at least one football game, even if you don't like football. The games are awesome. Join intramurals, they're so much fun.

    In three sentences

    It's so great. Better than your average state school. Such a beautiful campus.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UTPD is everywhere at all times. You will see multiple police officers throughout the day. The safety lights around campus are also nice and make you feel safer when walking alone or in the dark!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk across the seal at the end of Pedestrian Walkway! Supposedly you won't graduate in 4 years if you do.

    What to do for fun

    Attending the sports events are my favorite: football games, basketball games, etc. There's also bowling at the University Center. And there's always something going on in Presidential Court or on Pedestrian Walkway.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeteria isn't great, but there is a big variety to choose from in there. Also, it's nice to have so many fast food options on campus and on the strip. It's very convenient.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a dorm my first year and I loved it. Everyone on my floor was so close and we all hung out all the time. It was also nice to be on campus all the time so I always knew what was going on. The only bad thing was the community bathrooms. They got cleaned every day, but they were still gross.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes are extremely hard, depending on what teacher you get. You should definitely check ratemyprofessors.com before you select your classes because it will tell you if your teacher is easy or hard, how the class will go, etc. Also, you should take an easy class, like a PE class or a first year studies class just to boost your GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, Study, Study! Most of the classes are based solely on tests, so make sure you study hard for all of them.

    In three sentences

    UT has been a great experience for me, so far. It's opened my eyes to a bigger city and community than what I've grown up in. It's a very nice place to be.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is expensive and every year the price goes up.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I enjoy joining in on school activities. I also like to hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning on campus is a little under par. I feel like it is to expensive for what you get.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here on campus are nice and clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Since the school is focused on research the classes are hard but worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you attend class and do your homework.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is a great school. If you are an Anthropology major this is the perfect school for you. The environment here at UT is active and fun.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue emergency lights everywhere on campus, and there is a T bus system throughout the night and bus that one can call and will take you home when it is late at night. Frequent Fort Sanders robberies, but can be avoided when travelling at night from 11pm-3am if living in the that part. Its fairly safe to walk on campus, but in fort sanders it is more difficult. Walk in pairs and its fine.

    Greek Life

    Is very dominant at UT. Always wins the SGA (although sga doesn't do much change for UT) Greek Life is very typical greek. Sororities and fraternities can be easily spotted. Sororities have their own village called Sorority village, frat houses are on Frat row. Many party wednesday-saturday, but they do hold some pretty cool events.

    Clubs and Activities

    A few clubs there (southbound, NV's) but kinda typical greek life kinda straight clubs with mainstream music. For dance/electronic music, hit up Valarium on saturdays. Valarium also holds the best concerts. Indie music is played at Pilot Light, Square Room, Bijou, TN theatre. Some go to Amsterdam on the strip too. Sassy Anns, 21+ is the best for those not into the greek life and want to dance/hangout to old 80s 90s hits. A lot of LGBT people go to Sassy Anns on Thursday. Friday, a lot of 18+ go to Carousel (LGBT), but is meant for 21- people or older crowd. Great to go a few times. Saturday, a lot of LGBT go to Club XYZ.

    Great for these types of students

    Greek students = Amsterdam, The Strip, Rumours, South bound, NV, The Bar Goers = Old City, Market Square, Preservation Pub, Urban Bar, Half Barrel, Jig n Reel The Organic healthy = Earth fare, Just Ripe, Tomato Head

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    HSS amphitheater is the where people nap/hangout/read in hammocks. Pedestrian walkway is where people bombard you with flyers, baked goods, and free stuff. Either have headphones ready or stop by every booth. Theres always something happening on the ped walkway! To avoid the 99 steps up THE HILL, take the walkway path shortcut. Also if you can sneak up to the roof Ayres Hall, you can mark that off your bucket list for the school.

    Bang for the buck

    Going to the Dollar movie theater! Hitting up wednesday/thursday restaurant happy hours for drinks/food. Sunspot has half price wine wed, and copper cellar has half price burgers. Both are on the strip. Students get discount on gay st movie theater $7. Theres a lot of specials on the strip, look out for them!

    What to do for fun

    For fun, there's celebrations for holidays in Downtown Market Square (15 min walk from campus). Downtown there is always something, always fun to people watch. for 21+ the old city has all the bars like Urban Bar. The Strip is close to campus, meant for greek life kind of people (Tin Roof,Amsterdams,Roaming Gnome), always parties in the Fort Sanders area! Every first friday of the month there is an art walk thing in Market square and gay st.

    Food and Dining

    Food options are great in Presidential area, theres 24 hrs IHOP, subway, and a cafeteria. There's food cafeterias on the other side near Vol hall too along with Dunkin Donuts. Campus is close to The Strip with restaurants and more fast food options. They are building more food options at the UC which will have gluten free (finally). If you're trying to eat healthy, only salads is worth it in the cafeterias or cook your own food. Steal ingredients in tuber wares from cafeterias. Always check the menu online. Einstein bagels is super delicious and better coffee than starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    Everything and anything you need is around the dorms. The RA's have events, the floor meetings are not mandatory (they tell you that so you would go), the community/shared bathrooms can be tough to get use to at first but not too bad. The presidential court dorms are known as the greek ones, best to afford if you aren't into that type. Massey is the best location, close to the strip, library, and ped walkway. Hess is called, Hess the mess for a reason. Parking is sucky, not worth bringing a car for first year when everything is near campus

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major. UTK has really strong Engineering, Architecture, and Business majors. Other majors are pretty good as well depending on teachers and which department one is in. All art students and engineering students barely sleep. Science majors have it easy till soph/junior year. Can check teachers through ratemyprofessor or through tn101.com (best source)

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love networking and getting out of your comfort zone this is a great place! Even though it is Tennessee, it is a progressive city and open-minded to all diversities and ethnicities. Freshmen/soph don't really need cars b/c most college hangouts are within walking distance and the best parties are in the Fort area. Tailgating days are the most exciting part of being at UT and the campus is easy to walk around.

    In three sentences

    The University if an extremely diverse campus of around 30,000 students. It's well-noticed for the great sports programs like Football and Basketball and has plenty of events to attend within the campus and surrounding area. You'll definitely grow some calves from the hills but every inch of it is worth it at one of the best universities in Tennessee!

  • 06/09/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    The strip near the campus of UT is where most of the students like to hang. There are restaurants and clubs. Also, on campus there are step shows and parties that are a lot of fun to attend.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of dining halls on campus, plus restaurants such as Starbucks, Sbarro, Chick-Fil-A, etc. There is also a 24-hour IHOP. The Starbucks is open for 23 hours.

    Dorm Life

    Every living facility is spacious and cleaned either weekly or daily. The most popular dorms for freshmen are Clement, Humes, Morrill, Hess, and Massey. Clement, South/North Carrick, Morrill, and Humes are suite-style. Hess and Massey are traditional style.

    Academic Rigor

    Since UT is one of the top schools in the nation, academic rigor is one of the reasons why they are apart of that list. The great thing about that is that if you've been accepted, then you are definitely able to do well academically at UT.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to as many programs as you can that UT provides for high school juniors/seniors. They help tremendously if you are still trying to make a college decision.

    In three sentences

    UT is the place to be! I know that sounds corny, but it's true. It's one of the top 100 universities in the country.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Definitely check out the schools sports Go Big Orange !

    Food and Dining

    good

    Dorm Life

    nice

    Academic Rigor

    can be tough .

    Tips for prospective students

    Go there and look at all they have to offer, which is a lot to take in .

    In three sentences

    I loved the campus. The staff was amazing in answering all my question. I give the campus a score of nine out of 10.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life here is incredible! There is a fraternity or sorority for anyone and everyone. It is one of the best aspects of the college experience at UT, because you get involved, perform community service and meet new people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The rock is the most popular spot on campus. It is painted daily with different events, memorials, greek events and more. Everyone knows about the rock and it is everyone's mission to paint it before they graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    With a university as big as this, you are going to come across a big challenge with the tuition. I would say it is worth it though, because there is always something to do and you are always guaranteed a great education.

    What to do for fun

    Football games! The fall season is the most fun here. Football games are so exciting and the amount of spirit on campus is exciting! You can also get involved in clubs and intramural sports.

    Food and Dining

    There is so much variety in the foods you can eat on campus. There are multiple locations so you are always near something. The food quality is tasty and easy to access.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great opportunity to meet people your freshmen year and it makes it easier to live on campus. All the dorms are located in a perfect area where it is easy to find food and things to do.

    Academic Rigor

    The classrooms are so welcoming and the teachers are more than willing to help you out in any situation. It is so easy to learn here, because it is easy to feel comfortable in the classroom environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should not be afraid to reach out into the university community. It is so easy to meet new people who are in your same position. Studying is always important and should be done every single day. No matter the subject, even an hour a day will help keep the grades up. Take advantage of all activities on campus, because they will help you reach out and get involved.

    In three sentences

    This university is perfect for anyone who is looking for a great education with an easy going class environment and teachers willing to help. All activities on campus are open for all kinds of students no matter the race, culture, interests, etc. and allow these students to express who they are. The University of Tennessee can be suitable for anyone and you will always feel comfortable wherever you go on campus.

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are very few incidents that occur on campus. But, whenever they do, students are immediately notified.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is incredible at the University of Tennessee! The sense of camaraderie is amazing! They are UT's best, and are the leaders of the campus!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for EVERYONE!

    Great for these types of students

    If you are very ambitious, and like to participate in numerous activities, this is your place!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When I was a freshman, I attended a library rave! Yes, a library rave! a huge amount of students filled the main floor of the library, and the party commenced! There was music playing, students were dancing... at one point, the was a student on an inflatable horse, while crowd surfing. That was definitely an unusual yearly tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition can get a little expensive, but the University of Tennessee offers so much! It's worth it!

    What to do for fun

    There may be too much to do! On campus activities and organizations, Greek life, fitness facilities, athletic events, arts facilities, local activities and nightlife... there's something for EVERYONE.

    Food and Dining

    Overall, the food and dining may be good to a fault. So many people run out of their Dining Dollars because there are too many good food choices!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty nice, but the experience of living on campus is great! You will meet so many great people and make dozens of connections. I thoroughly enjoy it!

    Academic Rigor

    The curriculum at the University of Tennessee is very challenging. But, there are plenty of academic resources that help a student be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are plenty of activities to get involved with, so one must have a good amount of focus on academics. It's very easy to become distracted.

    In three sentences

    I believe the University of Tennessee is the best public university in the state of Tennessee, and in the South. It offers a great overall college experience, and has a prestigious tradition. Go Vols!

  • 06/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although the city that UT is in isn't particularly known for being the safest, we have several blue phones located all around campus for emergency help and safety.

    Greek Life

    I'm not personally involved in a Greek organization, yet. But we have pretty much every Greek letter out there. We are also in the process of building a sorority row for our Greek girls.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless clubs available on campus, too many to name actually. A few of the sports and things we have are a rowing team, swim team, very competitive intramurals, and soccer.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like being a part of something bigger, then this school is totally for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have quite a few traditions here at UT. We have the Volwalk, which is a path that the football team takes across campus before every football game. And a special location is the Torchbearer, his flame never EVER goes out.

    Bang for the buck

    The sports attitude around here is phenomenal. People believe so much in our football and basketball teams, and with good reason. In fact, people are so much so into the sports atmosphere around here that this entire region is referred to as Big Orange Country

    What to do for fun

    This school isn't rated the #1 party school in Tennessee for nothing. Between the athletic events, Greek festivities, and attractions within the city of Knoxville itself, there is ALWAYS something to do at UT.

    Food and Dining

    The food options are actually very nice for a college town campus. There are restaurants available on campus and even in the dorm halls as well. You can even use your meal plan money on some of them too.

    Dorm Life

    The community feel that is felt within the dorm halls is awesome. There are always things to do and people to meet. Also, the RAs are very useful and nice resources for information on just about anything.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here accept nothing but your best when it comes to schoolwork. If you slack off, they can tell and will grade you accordingly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to make friends, people prove useful for creating powerful friendships and open doors to new opportunities all around campus.

    In three sentences

    This school has a huge amount of pride along with a close-knit student body, so it's like the best of both worlds. With amazing technology and state-of-the-art buildings, this university really is the college of the future.

  • 06/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Clubs, intramurals, social gatherings; theyve got it all.

    Food and Dining

    SO MANY OPTIONS!!

    Dorm Life

    I been in these dorms for cheer camps and orientation. They are a little old but provide suitable living status.

    Academic Rigor

    From what ive been introduced to so far it wont be easy. getting everything done in four years is going to be an ongoing effort

    Tips for prospective students

    Know it is going to be a little fish in a big pond senario. Be ready to have to show what you know quickly in order to stand out among the 30,000 others there.

    In three sentences

    It is big and a little overwhelming, however i enjoy the challenge and opportunity all UT has to offer me. I love the academics as well as extracurricular activites. Dorms arnt too bad but Id like to live in Knoxville itself so i can explore more of the city.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always felt really safe on campus, the Fort is pretty sketchy but just don't ever go alone and you will be just fine, and the alert service is really awesome, you get detailed emails and texts and a good sense of protection. Plus there are those little police calls all over campus and after a certain time the ut police park outside of parking garages so if you come in late you have a good feel about walking back to your dorm.

    Greek Life

    Those poor frat guys who have to wear a huge overcoat in the dead of summer, but its all good fun and most people who go Greek absolutely love it!

    Clubs and Activities

    I didn't get very involved my first year but I definantly should have, there are great programs and things to do from silent discos, to concerts to club sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone can fit in here, anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the hill there is this cute little hidden restaurant owned by a blind guy, some of the best chicken ever!

    Bang for the buck

    Like any campus its gonna be a little expensive, but with dining dollars and meals you cant get a subway sandwich for just 3 bucks, and you can use your meals at alot of different places which you can't really at other campuses.

    What to do for fun

    Go to games! Some of my favorite times are going to basketball games with all my friends because its free to students, and even football games are only ten dollars. Also late night walks to Starbucks are always enjoyable. Please please please explore Knoxville, I didnt really like it until I did, go to old city its like walking into a different world, and they have a all you can eat cereal bar for like 5 dollars. There are always things going on in Market Square, and such great food, and right across the street is a movie theatre, and Ut's favorite sushi place, Nama's.

    Food and Dining

    PCB seems like a wonderland your first few weeks, but broaden your horizons, it gets old fast. Southern kitchen is always there to give you great portions and a home cooked meal feel, but you better beat the crowds on tuesday for fried chicken!

    Dorm Life

    Really get to know the other people on your floor, you will probably meet some of your best friends and maybe even future roomates, and make sure to get to know your RA, they are usually very cool.

    Academic Rigor

    You can make any college hard, and you should, my friends who took classes below them were disappointed, but if you choose the right ones it will be a great challenge, and you should always choose a minor, its becoming necessary.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a day before classes start to walk around campus and find all the buildings your classes are in, its great fun with friends, and its a pretty big campus so you dont want to get lost your first few days.

    In three sentences

    A big school, with a small time feel. You will literally bleed orange before you leave and its amazing how much you can love this school. Stay focused and UTK will lead you to a happy college experience in an amazing city.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe but there are occasionally incidents on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Way to many clubs to know, we even have a chillin' and grillin' club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is a necessity to paint the rock.

    Bang for the buck

    It really depends on your major.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, go to the pool, go rock climbing, take a short trip to the smokies, the list goes on and on.

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of choices on campus and right off of campus on the strip.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is really active. RA's always have some kind of program going on.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on what your major is as to the academic rigor. Ask some engineers what they think and they will say really challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your homework, if you don't it will catch up with you and you will have a trillion things to do at the last minute.

    In three sentences

    I love the University of Tennessee. All of my teachers have been really good and nice. I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    It's there, but not vital. You will be stereotyped by non Greek people, so beware.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Game days are a huge deal. People from all over Knoxville come to UT and throw huge tailgate parties. It's a great opportunity for free food!

    What to do for fun

    I am involved in several campus ministries, but Greek life is pretty big here. That being said, I had tons of fun on campus this year and I was not involved in a sorority. Find solid friends and you will have fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not bad and they have a lot of variety. The staff are so nice and friendly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early for maximum scholarships. Don't be overwhelmed by its size; there are many ways to make it feel smaller.

    In three sentences

    I have really liked UT so far. It's a large campus with so many opportunities for fun and learning. As an honors student, I feel I am being prepared both to continue learning and to get a job in my chosen field.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe for the most part. Students always get UT alerts about things happening in Fort Sanders or the Grand Forest Apartments, but if you stay with someone, you'll be fine.

    Greek Life

    Pretty cool. I've hung out with black, white, and indian greeks... Best nights of my life!

    Great for these types of students

    Any type. Very diverse school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Always ask about the Spray-painted figures on the ground...

    What to do for fun

    Get inVOLved and network and there will always be things to do!... Besides going on the Strip!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't forget to use your meals on your dining plan. PCB and Southern Kitchen (which my friends and I called Skitch) are really good.

    In three sentences

    This is a really great school. Not much to complain about besides parking, but after you get the routine down, it's not so bad. UTK is a great school.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are tons of parties,sports, and clubs

    Food and Dining

    decent food, gets bland after a while but it's no horrible

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is decent, the rooms are all old for the most part. the only real bad thing is if you get a room where the internet doesn't reach you

    Academic Rigor

    There are no do nothing classes. You have to do work, even thought the work isn't all that hard

    Tips for prospective students

    If you live in tennessee this is probably the one you'll attend

    In three sentences

    UTK is an easy fun school. you have to work but it's not too bad.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Since 2007, campus safety has improved greatly! There is a text/email system so that anytime the UTPD are called, all students, faculty, staff, and even parents are notified. Another great thing I love about UTPD is that they are REAL police men and women. I feel protected knowing they could protect me.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, hardworking, interested, laid back, studious, shy, the list goes on and on, because it truly is an university for everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football, football, and more football. It's a well known tradition, but one of the best and most cherished throughout campus. Also, the seal located at the end of Pedestrian Walkway should not ever be walked across! It's said you won't graduate in four years if you tread over it. It's a tradition that has been slightly forgotten about, but be cautious!

    What to do for fun

    There is always lots going on at UT. The TRECS (which is the workout facility provided for students) has week/weekend trips for very reasonable prices. All Campus Events (ACE) offers movies for students, concerts on the Humanities Quad, week-long activities, and so much more. Not to mention participating in Intramurals, and of course football. There really is so much to do here!

    Food and Dining

    So many options for food on campus. There are all you can eat cafeterias, specialty cuisine, Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Subway, Quiznos, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Petro's, and quite a few more. The hours are great for eating, and all of the food is located in pretty central areas of campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at UT is incredible. If you are considering commuting or staying off campus, DO NOT! The freshman year is the dorm is a crucial part of the college experience, and you will meet so many interesting and fun people. Stay on campus, and stay in the know!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are tough, and can compete with any Top 25 University throughout the country. The teachers are generally very willing to help you succeed, and want you to!

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED! This is so cliche, and everyone from your mom to your guidance counselor, to your orientation leader will repeat this over and over, but it the best advice for any prospective Vol. No matter what your personality, what you're into, or what you want to do, there is a group, a club, or an organization targeted directly to you! Talk to the people handing out fliers on campus, and see what they're all about!

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is quickly becoming one of the best colleges in the South, and in the country. With new academic requirements, great professors, and many campus renovation projects completed and still underway, UT is reaching for a Top 25 spot and will surely achieve its goal.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The school has its own police force. And a plethra of different ways to make sure students are safe including a transportation service so students do not have to walk on campus alone in the dark.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and activites are fun and very well organized.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for focused,driven students. Students who are willing to put forth an effort to succeed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school is big on sports so their are many different tradtions held for students.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is a little pricey, however it is completely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many different organizations,groups, and clubs hosting events that there is always something fun to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing and you have so many different options, even fast food places. You'll never go hungry/

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are placed in central locations so that it's easier to get where you're going.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is striving to be a top 25 school so they do push their students to be the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get tuition paid for early. Pay enrollment fee early. Go to orientation early. Sign up for housing early.

    In three sentences

    This school is an amazing school. Everything is very organzied well put together. The school makes earning a degree worth it.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is HUGE here at UT.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The rock that anyone can paint with anything is an opportunity to express yourself.

    What to do for fun

    There is always stuff to do for fun here, the campus is right down the stree from downtown and sports are huge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for any and every scholarship if you are going to attend here, its expensive.

    In three sentences

    Good institution with bad finicial practices. Clean Campus and great faculty and staff that want to see students learn. Out-of-state students are going to pay way more than what the degree is worth.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Nearly, the safest keeping the entire student body informed about any crimes committed on campus.

    Greek Life

    My favorite restaurant is, Niro Gyro's. Emmm, I love pita's and lamb...lol There are numerous sororities and fraternities on campus; which often hold exotic activities.

    Clubs and Activities

    an endless variety of clubs...

    Great for these types of students

    Party-clowns and stoners...

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I work in the Ewing art gallery, I watch the door, so I'm a people watcher. I tend to create stories identifying the unique peculiarities between one student to the next.

    Bang for the buck

    For me, being disabled makes it much less expensive, so yes definitely a bang for my buck...

    What to do for fun

    The Cumberland stripe, joins, the main drag with restaurants, bars, and shopping galore.

    Food and Dining

    Lovely... That is the gist of it... Emmmm!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are their own parallel universes, divided into many niches; thus, anyone can and will fit in.

    Academic Rigor

    Study can be intense, but it is well worth the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dedication, discipline, and honor. Be dedicated to your chosen study. Apply the effort of discipline toward your studies. Finally, have honor in every action which you do as a college student.

    In three sentences

    I like UT, because I'm a US veteran, who suffered a traumatic brain injury, and the staff are very accepting of my situation. UT has a great sports program; thus, it is a very entertaining academic environment. Also, the campus is affiliated with, The body farm.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    The University of Tennessee is right in the heart of Knoxville. There are hiking opportunities in the Smokies, multiple shopping areas, and plenty of theaters, bowling alleys, and putt-putt places to please any college student.

    Food and Dining

    The dining at The University of Tennessee is incredible! There are so many options to choose from. Whether you want a hearty dinner or a late night snack, the university has it.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are typical college dorms. They are slightly small, but they are always clean. It also helps that they are placed in the center of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Tennessee puts the students first. They look for opportunities to improve learning, and help prepare students for the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should definitely visit the campus. That's what made my decision final. Also, apply for as many scholarships as you can; they'll come in handy!

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is a welcoming campus. It's one of the safest campuses I have visited, and has many opportunities to grow as a student. The University of Tennessee is a family.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Tennessee is a pretty safe campus. They provide bus services all around the clock and there are several blue lights on campus so you can call UTPD from wherever you are. Be sure to have UTPD's phone number programmed into your phone for any circumstance that may arise day or night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities to become involved in on this campus. From academic related clubs and activities to athletic ones there is something for everybody.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Tennessee is great for the types of students that are ready to work hard and really value their education. It is for those students who want a school with a rich tradition and a great academic program. This is a great place to have fun while getting a great, quality education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Rock is probably one of the biggest traditions on campus. Going out and painting the rock is one thing you have to do before you graduate. From birthdays to special announcements, the rock is the one place to put your display.

    Bang for the buck

    At Tennesse you are getting a pretty good bang for your buck. Being able to rent laptops for free and all of the free services that are provided to you like Career Services and the Student Success Center are well worth it. It is also a plus that you get into all athletic events (except football) for free!

    What to do for fun

    Athletics is a huge part of Tennessee. You will never want to miss the tradition that is Tennessee Football. Waking up on that beautiful Saturday morning and wearing all the orange your body can handle is one of the most exciting things about the university. Then when basketball season rolls around you most definitely need to catch a Lady Vols game and see what this historic program is all about. Swimming, Tennis, and baseball are also some good match-ups to watch as well. Aside from athletics there are many activities going around on campus such as plays, pool parties at the TRECS, and concerts. This campus will provide so many opportunities for you to have fun.

    Food and Dining

    Tennesse has many varieties of food to choose from. From eating in the cafeteria to going to Rocky Top to find choices like Chick-fil-A, Sbarro, and Petros. There are multiple Quiznos, Subways, and Starbucks on campus as well as a 24-hour IHOP.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good. I have lived on campus for 3 years going on 4 and I have liked it. Living on campus is very convenient and you do not have to worry about traffic or driving in dangerous conditions such as snow and ice in the winter. You also do not have to worry about finding a parking spot every day. The dorms are nice and very well kept. The housing staff is very approachable and willing to help you with most of your problems.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at The University of Tennessee are challenging but staying engaged in class and asking questions surely helps. Taking advantage of your professors office hours is a sure way to make things easier on yourself and helps you to really get a grasp on the content of the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should be prepared to work hard and walk many hills! The University of Tennessee is a great university and has a beautiful campus. Be sure to use the many resources that are available to you and get involved. Tennessee is a really big school but if you get involved in activities and organizations the campus will become so much smaller. Lastly, DO NOT procrastinate and GO TO CLASS!

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee Knoxville really prides itself on academics and tradition. The school has a rich history and a great quality of excellence. It is on its way to being one of the Top 25 universities in the nation.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Going to a football game is an experience everyone must have as a student. There's a great outside pool by the gym. Also a tennis court and you can also go rock climbing. Getting involved and being a part of organizations is a great way to have fun.

    Food and Dining

    GREAT choices to choose from, like subway, chic-fil-a, iHop & much more. You will never go hungry if you're on campus. Especially if you have a meal plan. You can even use the meal plan for Papa John's which is pretty cool.

    Dorm Life

    They are in the process of building more dorms but we have dorm buildings that are already up, just abandoned. A lot of tiring construction is going on with this.

    Academic Rigor

    Every college is going to have it's hard & grumpy professors but we have so many here who enjoy what they do & strive to make sure we are understanding what we are being taught.

    Tips for prospective students

    Having fun is cool but never put a night of partying before your studies.

    In three sentences

    A fun and cool campus for every student to learn. So many majors and concentrations to choose from, the more options the better. There is nothing better at the University of Tennessee than our school spirit!!

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Recently they have started sending out UTAlerts. those are text messages of crime around campus. I didn't get too many throughout the year. but they are helpful. I know where not to go alone. And UT has installed emergency stations all around campus. You can quickly call the police if anything happens.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or team for everything...Except Quittage. We dont have a quittage team yet.

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy going to the free plays and attending all of the events that all of the organizations put on. Also Downtown Knoxville has a few events through out the year.

    Food and Dining

    The food is ok. The mean plans are great, but as far as the quality of the food it can either be really good or very horrid. but UT has added a service in which you can voice your opinion of the food and attempt to request something again.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is really what you make it. My guess is that it is like that anywhere you go.

    Academic Rigor

    UT has made it very difficult to not succeed. There is so much help available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and be proactive. Find out everything that will be going on a head of time so you can plan accordingly.

    In three sentences

    UTK has been working hard in the last few years to be more student friendly. They put one quite a few fun activities during the year. Over all my college experience here has been very memorable.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you can withstand the bear attacks and the evasive black and white mugger, then you may be ok.

    Greek Life

    Did I mention i work three jobs?

    Clubs and Activities

    Couldn't tell you. I have to work three jobs to keep up with the tuition increases.

    Great for these types of students

    Rich. Spoiled.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a yearly tradition of spiking tuition in order to raise the chancellor's salary, and waste the rest on more staff parking.

    Bang for the buck

    Big buck, little bang. Kinda like cheap fire works.

    What to do for fun

    Pay your parking tickets you get from the lack of student parking in pennies.

    Food and Dining

    One place you can eat at on the meal plan that is open on weekends. Even then the food is crap.

    Dorm Life

    Fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your professor. And how well you are able to decipher the Thick accents that would have normal students dropping out.

    Tips for prospective students

    RUN WHILE YOU STILL CAN!

    In three sentences

    If you like throwing your hard owned cash into a pile and burning it, boy you have found the right place. From increased staff parking to remodeling of five year old buildings, this university has it all. They will also gracious spike your tuition to pay for all this.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food options on campus are great and very tasty. If nothing satisfies your fancy, then head downtown or to the strip to get some even better food!

    Dorm Life

    From what I have heard the dorms are a great place to meet new people and make great friends (I am a commuter student).

    Academic Rigor

    The classes provide a challenge, and the professors are very helpful in conveying the material for the classes. Your fellow students are also very helpful if you need the help, form a study group if need be. Just study and keep up with class deadlines.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up on your deadlines! Study, Study, Study. Really, don't be like me and suck your freshman year. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it, and make a relationship with your teacher (preferably professional mind you).

    In three sentences

    It is a great university, and is very diverse. The academics are not too challenging, you just need to study to keep up. In all, if you like a bigger school (~20,000 undergrad students), University of Tennessee-Knoxville is a great school.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus, there's not much bad that happens. Never walk alone anyway. Try to always walk with at least one other person. There's blue lights all around campus that will direct UT's police to you if you feel threatened, just push the button and they'll be to you in less than 15 seconds.

    Greek Life

    I love my frat boys and sorority girls. I'm not personally in anything Greek related, but a lot of people I know are and they love it. There's a frat/sorority for everybody.

    Clubs and Activities

    I was in the film club and we watched a lot of movies that I've never seen or even heard of but they were all fantastic and we had a great discussion after it. I also tried to make my way to the International House every so often to join them for their different country nights. I tried food I've never had before and listened to music I've never heard before.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a giant seal at the end of pedestrian walkway and if you walk on it, tradition says that you won't graduate on time. Don't walk on it!

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like they raise tuition a little too much every year. I am an out of state student and paying a fortune. There are a lot of things that are way to expensive, but I see why they do it even if I'm not ok with it.

    What to do for fun

    There's so many sporting events you can go to. They have a lot of clubs, over 200. You'll find something you like, everything from Harry Potter fans to gaming lovers. They have a lot of school sponsored events such as international parties, movie nights (movies that aren't even on DVD yet!), parent weekend and so much more.

    Food and Dining

    It's not always the best, but there are so many options, you'll find something you like.

    Dorm Life

    I love it. It's not quite what TV makes it out to be but you'll meet some of the best people. It's so easy to make yourself feel at home. I have never not felt safe.

    Academic Rigor

    There are classes that are easy, of course, but there are those really hard classes. Don't fret though, there's always a teacher, assistant or student to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your walking shoes ready. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Venture out, you'll find your best friends here.

    In three sentences

    It's a beautiful campus and will be once the construction is done. No matter the issue there is always a way to get help. The teachers are all very helpful.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus itself is very safe, but the apartments in Fort Sanders (near campus) are pretty sketch. I definitely don't recommend walking over there at night... especially if you're alone. Lots of robberies over there.

    Greek Life

    Whole plethora of fraternities and sororities to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for just about everything you can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    Sports fans

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UT Football has some of the greatest traditions in the country.

    Bang for the buck

    You can't get a better education for the price.

    What to do for fun

    The University Center houses bowling lanes, pool tables, Xbox 360s, etc. for all to enjoy. There's also the TRECS (fitness center) and several swimming pools to hang out in.

    Food and Dining

    Quite a few options all over campus. It would be nice to see a few healthier alternatives, however.

    Dorm Life

    Can't really comment on this, as I have never even been in any of the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on what you want to do and how much you want to challenge yourself, but the challenge is there if you want it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the size of the campus or all of the construction going on either. Buildings are zoned fairly well so that most majors have the majority of their classes in the same few buildings.

    In three sentences

    UT is making leaps and bounds in it's current mission to become a Top 25 public university in the US. Tuition is rising, but the education that can be received here if a student chooses to really apply themselves makes for a phenomenal value. UT provides a challenging curriculum if that's what you desire, and I would recommend attending UT to any one of my friends.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I'll seen a lot of thefts and breakins on cars in my years at the university. I've had two bikes stollen and have two friends of mine whos cars were broken into. One friend had it happen twice in one year!

    Greek Life

    If your willing to spend the money, go for it! It's a good investment. Just don't drink too much or you'll never get anything done!!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many of them and their numbers grow larger every year! Really look into it because you meet lots of people through club activities and they are a lot of fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Never walk on the University seal on pedestrian walkway or you won't graduate! Oh and the stupid yellow statue in the middle of the pedestrian walkway is collectively hated by all UT students for its random, hideousness.

    Bang for the buck

    The University is over priced a bit, but the education along with the football and basketball fans and community on campus makes it totally worth it!

    What to do for fun

    Join a rec team, workout, play racketball you name it, we've got it.

    Food and Dining

    I'm not a picky eatter and this university has it all. So weather your a pizza annd coke or veggies guy, there is bound to be something for you.

    Dorm Life

    It's a @%&#$ to say the least. Do you best to meet someone on you floor or in your building, and, of course, get to know your roommate. You don't have to spend every waking moment together but without getting to know them you will have the worst year of you college career!

    Academic Rigor

    If you want it bad enough, anything is possible. Just keep reminding yourself there are thousands of others who have gone before you and they made it. So can you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with your head screwed on straight because this is the kind of freedom that can make or brake you! Find a balance between partying and studying and you will be just fine.

    In three sentences

    Aestheticly, the campus is lacking. Academicly, the university is excelling. Athleticlly, we are in the proccess of rebuilding.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You hear of a shooting or robbery every other day over the police alert system, I don't know if thats normal for a college campus, but I would be a little scared if I was a girl

    Greek Life

    New sorority houses, and the good old frat houses

    Great for these types of students

    everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone in the city loves volunteer football

    Bang for the buck

    in state: yes out of state: maybe

    What to do for fun

    So much...cant even start a list, if you can imagine it, it'll probably be available nearby

    Food and Dining

    decent food, but everything gets old after a while

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is good...dorms aren't as nice though

    Academic Rigor

    Trying to be top 25

    Tips for prospective students

    Know which majors UT excels at.

    In three sentences

    Pretty good overall experience. Great friends and college feel. Campus is big and concrety.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Just stay away from the Fort. You must never go there-at least at night.

    Greek Life

    Well there is a lot of Greek Life, but if you're not in it, you don't have to worry. There is soo much more to do than Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many. Join as many as you can without overloading yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    Party students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk on the seal near the library. I think it's called the seal. I'm not sure, but just don't walk on it or you won't graduate in four years. That's what they say anyways.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive. That is all.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun, it almost seems like it never ends. Try out sports, clubs, concerts, and anything you see on a flyer. Chances are you'll have more than plenty to do when you get here.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good. I mean when you're short on cash, anything tastes good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is so much fun! Hang out with people in your dorm and you're sure to make great friends. Also, get to know the RA's and they'll help you with whatever you need, and maybe even let you break a few rules while you're there.

    Academic Rigor

    It's as tough as you make it. STUDY STUDY STUDY.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take on too much freshman year. Also, make sure to set a time when you know you have to study. Little things add up and you don't want to be doing all nighters before you tests and finals.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is definitely an interactive school. You get what you want out of the social/academic scene. It is always awake for whatever reason you need it to be.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In general , the campus is safe. There are panic buttons all over campus.

    Greek Life

    No Comment.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a large variety of clubs and activities on campus. Something for everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tennesse Football. What else is there?

    Bang for the buck

    University meal plan is the best deal on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Intramural Sports are awesome. Stay off drugs.

    Food and Dining

    Stay in the dorms and on a food plan until you graduate.

    Dorm Life

    I am a senior, and, if I had to do it over again, I would never live off-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Tennessee has high academic expectations for students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to summer school at least once.

    In three sentences

    Tennessee is dynamic. Tennessee is diverse. Tennessee provides the tools for students to succeed.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    It's not that hard to get into, but it might be hard to stay at.

    In three sentences

    I like the openness of the school and the acceptance.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Phones are set up all around the campus in order to contact campus safety. Each year the campus has improved their safety procedures. They ensure that the university is a safe and reliable area to be at.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and new clubs being added almost monthly.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost is very large to many who choose to go to UTK. Many can access financial aid to help pay for their time at the university. With what each student pays, it allows many opportunities to be accessible.

    What to do for fun

    There are always sporting events happening around campus. The University of Tennessee Knoxville is known for their many club options. The campus is also located to the numerous activities going on in downtown Knoxville.

    Food and Dining

    The food options around campus are amazing. With your Volcard you can access a ton of food options. The university offers many food plans to satisfy each students needs.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a memorable part of the college experience. While the university is always building new living spaces, they also are refurbishing old dorm all the time. The dorms are functional and finding roommates is very accessible.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are a major part of UTK. Students need to find their own study patterns. Its something that is taken seriously at the university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to plan everything ahead of time before your first semester. Use the advising department to find what classes you need. Register for classes sooner than later.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is a campus. There are always going to be crazy people. But do not let that stop you from going out.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is so fun!

    Clubs and Activities

    Join a club and you will find lasting friendships.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club. Go to a party. Walk to the gym with a friend. There are endless amounts of fun that you can have on campus!

    Food and Dining

    Bring some food into your room. You won't always have time to walk to the dining room, but also don't be afraid to go to the dining room. There are always a lot of options to choose from in there. So try everything!

    Dorm Life

    Don't be afraid to talk to people. Not everyone is a serial killer. Most people are just cereal killers because you eat a lot of cereal in college.

    Academic Rigor

    Study during the day. Do not procrastinate and wait until it is midnight.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus! The only true way to know where you want to attend is to visit the campus and find the place where you love most!

    In three sentences

    I would rate my university at a nine out of ten. It is in the city, close to everything. I went to a college before transferring to The University of Tennessee, and it was so far away from civilization that I felt distanced from the world. I absolutely love my new school. It allows me to have more rewarding experiences as well as keeping up with all my homework assignments. This university has an amazing campus as well. I walk out of the dorm and see trees and the beautiful landscapes of the mountains right in front of me. If you just came and visited the campus, you would change your mind too. Yes, there are some sketchy things about the university, but in all honesty, where can you attend a school that is perfectly safe? I have yet to find a place. I believe that this coming fall will be one of the best semesters of my life. I am prepared and extremely ecstatic for this semester to begin! I trust that I have rated my university to perfection. This is what I love about my school and that's all that is important. I'm ready for my semester of college to start because I know I will be at a university where I am completely content. Will you be content where you are?

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Most of the incidents that occur near campus involve non-students. Just like any other campus you should always walk in groups and avoid being out late. I stay out very late during exams and while doing research at the library, but I have also had no issues with calling the UT campus police and getting an escort to my vehicle.

    Clubs and Activities

    The best selection of clubs and organizations than I have seen at other schools.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing students will enjoy the campus and busy lifestyle offered in Knoxville. Kinetic learners will benefit from all the laboratories, museums, and workshops offered at UT.

    Bang for the buck

    The price is competitive with other universities I have looked at, but the advantage of UT is any credits past the full-time 12 can be taken at no extra charge to a students tuition.

    What to do for fun

    UT has a bowling alley underground and a billiard hall. There areso many clubs and organizations for students that there is no time for boredom. Many of the atheletic style clubs compete in competitions with other colleges within the SEC. Ofcourse there is Vol Football. Nothing better than sitting in the student section and cheering on the Orange and White and only paying $10-35 for student tickets for the games is a bonus. All other sporting events are only $1 or free to attend.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent dining on campus. UT has a very wide selection of healthy fast food options and the dining facilities are second to none. UT has vegan and vegetarian friendly menus at the dining facilities.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus so I cannot help with this section.

    Academic Rigor

    Transfer students from a junior college beware. The academic load will overwhelm you if you're not careful. My first semester forced me to really commit more time than I expected, and coming from a junior college myself, I was not prepared for the workload. Although upper division level courses are more interactive with class discussions, essays and research papers are also common place, but you will undoubtedly figure out a routine by your second semester. The important thing is to remember that the first semester is a learning experience so don't get discouraged about a lower GPA than you expected. Stay in contact with your professors and let them help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a few days to really walk around and take in all the history and services the university offers and get familiarized with where you could possibly being staying and the accommodations offered in close proximity, so walking very far to eat or study will not be an issue. Get involved with student organizations. The Rowing and Bass Fishing clubs participate in competitions with other schools in the SEC without being under the pressure of being a student athlete and having to keep up scholarship requirements. Get involved with work study as soon as you qualify! This will help with recommendations and contacts in the future when graduation, graduate school, and employment becomes a reality.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy the ability to get one on one with my professors both in the office and out. The classes in upper level courses are very small, sometimes less than twenty, and extremely interactive during discussions of assigned reading material. Although UT was not my first choice, I can honestly say giving the university a solid chance was the best thing I ever did. I enjoy being a Vol and wouldn't change.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus prides itself on keeping its students safe, there are people to call so that students do not have to walk home by themselves. The university sends alerts to every students, if something happens to keep them prepared. The university is safe, but trouble happens everywhere. Students have to be just as smart as the university regarding their safety.

    Greek Life

    Greek life on campus is everywhere. It is extremely involved on campus, they partake in every event and are always watching for new members. I always see them, walking around and getting involved in different activities as well as hosting their own.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and organizations are the best, everyone should get involved. There are organizations for students who need tutors, for students who want to be tutors, for students who like art, for students who like chocolate. They only way to not find something to do, is to not look.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for every type of student. There is something for everyone, UT is a big place, but it is actually quite small. It is a family that learns and thrives off of each other, every students will find something.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are several UT traditions,such as the seal, located in front of Hodges library, they say if you step on it, you will not graduate in four years. There is also the traditional fight song of UT, Rocky Top. You will hear that numerous times during football season.

    Bang for the buck

    At University of Tennessee, Knoxville, you are getting more than what you are paying for. You get to experience a school that is rich in diversity and history. You get to meet different people and better yourself. It's a university that is a home, not just a school.

    What to do for fun

    You can do so much for fun, there are over 400 clubs and organizations. There is something for everyone, whether it be sports or art. I joined several different organizations, plus, it's UT, so football season is crazy. The campus is live and buzzing with excitement.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, I love the University Center. It has different restaurants in it that serve almost all day. The cafeteria food is pretty salty, so I barely eat there, but it is still wonderful when I do.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is so much fun, but it can be distracting. I had to find a place outside of the dorm to study and work on projects, because there is always something going on. I love the dorms, I feel comfortable and at home.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be tough, depending on the teacher and the class. If you are aiming to be in the Nursing program or any field of medicine, it can especially difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a student at UT, I would tell incoming students to get plenty of sleep, being an umbrella, and walking shoes. I would also say to focus and go to class. Missing a class a disrupt any scholarships you have because it does affect your GPA.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is a wonderful educational establishment. I have grown so much during my time at the campus. It brings out the best of every person that attends the university.

  • 08/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus itself is very safe, however some areas of Knoxville are less than reputable. This is true for any major city, however. UT Police do a good job patrolling on campus. I can hardly go anywhere without seeing at least one police officer, usually more.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge at UT, with very proud traditions. Rush week is a huge event with tons of freshman rushing and plenty of opportunities to join if one wishes.

    Clubs and Activities

    Nearly every club, activity, or sport imaginable is available at UT.

    Great for these types of students

    Most types of students would do well here, but there is an emphasis on engineering, business, and nursing programs.

    Bang for the buck

    Absolutely one of the best values for your money. Top notch professors, extracurricular activities, and a well-respected name for not too much tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Knoxville has a lot of shops, restaurants, theaters, and weekly community events, many of them free. There are also lots of opportunities on campus through clubs and student groups to meet new people and go to events.

    Food and Dining

    There is a good selection in most dining halls, with vegetarian and healthy options. The hours are also pretty reliable. In addition, there are tons of restaurants within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    Many of the dorms are dated, but this is made up for somewhat by location. You are within walking distance of your classes, dining halls, and downtown Knoxville. Size is pretty good, the styling is just outdated somewhat. New dorms are being built, however.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a very serious institution. Classes are hard and professors can be unyielding. However, that's all the sign of a very good school. You have to work hard here, but you will learn a lot at the same time.

    Tips for prospective students

    UT has gotten more selective in their admissions process, so good grades and test scores is pretty important. At the same time, extracurricular activities, your personal statement, and other factors contribute to the admission decision. Be honest and show off your best side and you should be fine.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is an awesome value for what you pay. It has major research opportunities similar to top schools, but you don't pay anywhere near that much tuition. Programs here are very comprehensive and affordable.

  • 08/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you're interested in Greek life this is a great school to be.

    What to do for fun

    The strip is pretty fun you just have to know the right people. Obviously football games are awesome.

    Food and Dining

    There's options but most dining halls are not that good and they aren't open as often as most people would like them to be, especially on weekends.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay. The food isn't that good and most of the dorms are old.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging more because of the size of some classes. As a big university, some classes can only be taught as a 300 person lecture. Because of this, professors don't care about individual students- just making sure the class average is a C. So, the material isn't what is hard, it's getting good professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as soon as you get to campus. Don't wait until your second or third year. Being an in-state student helps because most people come with others from their high school so if you are out-of-state don't hesitate to put yourself out there. You'll be happy if you do and regret it if you don't.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is a great school with a lot to offer if you put the effort in to find opportunities yourself. It is changing aesthetically and academically which will definitely improve its standings in the next few years.

  • 09/13/2012

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    Great for these types of students

    Countryish, party, football lovers, etc. (smart people as well!!)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Rock!!

    What to do for fun

    Football games, painting the rock, going to Turkey Creek, and Cades Cove

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of great places to eat at around UT especially in Turkey Creek (about 20 minutes away)

    Dorm Life

    Two words: Party hardy :)

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't taken any classes, so I don't know, but I know they have a great vet school and I attended the high school summer program for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Worry about ACT score more than anything. If you want scholarships, that's what counts.

    In three sentences

    I previously lived in Knoxville and UTK is an awesome school!!

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They.... try. We are a downtown campus, so we aren't in the safest place in the world anyway, but there are police all over campus, and these blue light things you can press to call for a ride or to call the police. You just have to be smart and avoid Fraternity Row.

    Greek Life

    I don't do it personally, but from what I have heard, avoid it. Fraternity Row is definitely not the safest place on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for just about everything here. And if you can't find a club that interests you (which really shouldn't be a problem), get about five of your friends and a faculty mentor together and start your own club. Seriously.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Painting the ROCK! And Rocky Top (of course).

    Bang for the buck

    We have over 300 majors here, and probably more classes than I could care to count. And with all of the resources available to you, free of charge (a seven-story library, free Zumba classes, ect.) for tuition of around $7,000, it's a great deal. Especially since there are so many scholarships available to help you out.

    What to do for fun

    ...What is there not to do for fun? Basically, there are unlimited options here. From football (we LOVE our football), to Greek life, to free showings of the latest movies in the UC, you can pretty much just do whatever. We even have a bowling alley on campus.

    Food and Dining

    We have so many options for food here, you never go hungry. Better yet, my food plan was covered in scholarships. Free Starbucks (which there are two of on campus)! Its never as good as your mom makes it, but its WAY better than the Ramen horror stories you'll hear from most schools.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is GREAT here. My dorm floor always has so much fun. We try to get together at least once a week. It also helps that we have suite-style, as opposed to community-style options here (although we have community-style, if that's what you like).

    Academic Rigor

    This isn't an ivy league school, but it is definitely a challenge. I probably spend about 3 hours a night studying/doing homework. If you don't put in that time, you will probably fall behind.

    Tips for prospective students

    TIME MANAGEMENT. That is the number one key for success here, and it is something that you have to learn quickly as a freshman here, There is always something going on, so you have to learn how to balance class time with your other extracurricular activities.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is a great option for a great price here in Knoxville. Classes can get stressful at times, this isn't the easiest college in Tennessee to get into, but the University is really good about helping you get/stay on track. There is also a great social life here - always something to keep you busy!

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Wasn't impressed with campus food but it's urban, so there's other options.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not a bad school. But you don't have to be particularly bright to succeed.

    In three sentences

    I visited and stayed on campus for a few nights, and I wouldn't go back. I'd visited Duke right before, and the UTK campus was so ugly in comparison that I could barely stand anything there. Be positive the city environment is what you want.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus saftey does the best they can, however most criminals get away with their offense because they are unable to idetify them.

    Greek Life

    Sororities and Fraternities both are spread throughout campus. These organizations recieves thousands of pledgers each year

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all kinds of clubs and activities to join on campus. Some include Rugby, Ski and Snowboard Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The streets are named after successful athletes and coaches. There is a torch that never goes out once lit the first week of school. The rock is painted almost everyday.

    Bang for the buck

    For me the University is a little to expensive. In most cases it is cheap but I, myself do not have the funds.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you could play sports with your friends such as volleyball, soccer, swimming, etc. You could also create your own event. Events are created throughout the week all the time. There is also the rock to paint anytime you would like

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining services are great. There are so many cafiterias, with so many choices to eat. There are also fast foods in the University Center.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are typical dorms. Some have more features then others, but the experience you get from living in a dorm is one of a kind. You meet new people everyday, experience the real college life, and get a chance to stay away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are very helpful face-to-face and through email. If you need help with anything, they encourage you to just ask.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused, don't procrastinate, and always be on time. It will help for a great work ethic in the long run

    In three sentences

    UTK has a great business program. It has great resources to help with your studies. Here, you can meet lots of new people and get engaged in lots of different things.

  • 09/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Excellent. Emergency Blue phones everywhere. Campus security is always in site and any issues are emailed to all students to raise safety awareness.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of them

    Great for these types of students

    Those seeking an Mrs. degree, those looking to only worry about football or a fraternity/sorority, or those who want to be excellent vet's, engineers, doctors, or biologists. There seems to be basically two kinds of students here. Those that want a degree and those that just like the campus lifestyle without any of the studying or attending class.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campus is very historical, as is most of Knoxville. Knoxville has a rich history of outlaws, law makers, moonshiners, amazing altruists, civil war sites, and most of this information is posted around the school on plaques. Pretty neat really.

    Bang for the buck

    Not a terrible price for a degree.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty of nightlife on or around campus and in the Knoxville area in general. Knoxville has a nice location for people who love the outdoors like I do. Climbing, camping, hiking, and kayaking are all close by.

    Food and Dining

    No clue. I've heard its good but I pack a lunch every day because I live off campus and I am very very cheap.

    Dorm Life

    Never tried it and for good reason. Notorious for wild dorm life. Loud, dirty, unorganized, and overall, just a large place for a party. Great if that's what you're in college for, not so great if you want to learn.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the degree one is seeking and on the class level. 100-200 level courses can be rigorous but nothing like upper level specialty courses. 400-500 level courses are excellent!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, take a tour, and check out the offices of the bursar, financial aid, and office of disability if applicable. These all work very well with each other.

    In three sentences

    High student to teacher ratio, huge football/basketball fan base, a nice campus with some very excellent professors.

  • 10/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Blue lights are everywhere around campus!!!! Police drive around campus all night to make sure that the students are safe. Not to mention that a police station is right on campus. There are also buses that will pick an individual up from a location if they are afraid to walk to the other destination.

    Greek Life

    GREEK LIFE!!!! Is there anything else that I need to say???? There are parties, sorority and fraternity houses that are really nice!!! If sisterhood or brotherhood is what an individual is looking for, then this is for you. There are really fun trips and activities that one could not do unless apart of Greek Life!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many organizations to join. Clinic Vols, Hunger and Homeless, and clubs for all majors. If one wants to make friends then they would have no problem by joining a club that is right for them. Within those clubs are activities that can help with communication and leadership skills.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition at UTK is not to walk over the seal or that will add an extra year of college on to one's college career. I still have not walked on it, and this is my third year in college!!

    Bang for the buck

    SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!!!! Do not spurge on things that one does not need. One does not want to run out of dinning dollars one month into school or not have money to wash clothes. Keep track on what you spend your money on. Coupons are a good idea, and buying books offline can save a lot of money. Also selling books back!!

    What to do for fun

    THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS TO DO FOR FUN ON CAMPUS!!!! There are sporting events, and organizational programs. There are free plays to go to, and free movies in the park. There are endless possibilities!!!

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat on campus. However, there are way too many subways!!! The cost of food on campus is high. However, if one does not use a meal plan, then that rolls over to dinning dollars that one can use to buy groceries or snacks from the convenience store. One can also use dinning dollars to order pizza from PAPA JOHNS!!

    Dorm Life

    As a freshmen one does not have many options to choose from for campus life. However, the RA's plan many events to help students to not become homesick and to take mental breaks. RA's at UT will plan a dinner or bake cupcakes and color. These things might seem small, but they make a difference.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academic Rigor really depends on one's major. One should not miss class unless one has to because that is money being lost. Take notes in class instead of spending time on Facebook, and never get behind. Try to get ahead if possible. This will be very conducive to one's academic career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should really come to the tours that are provided throughout the school year, because this will help students to get a feel of how big the campus is, and they get a chance to get a little taste of college life. There are many opportunities for prospective students to spend nights up at UTK as well!!!! Go to at least ONE football game to get an experience about the school spirit at UTK!!!!

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee gives many opportunities for students to succeed! They want students to make a difference in the world! UTK wants students to have a BIG IDEA!!!!

  • 10/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a whole lot of things to do for fun here. There's all kinds of fun parties and of course the football games are amazing. If your just wanting to have a good time and chill you can also just chill with your friends then.

    Food and Dining

    There are some really good dining areas on campus. These dining areas offer a wide variety of tasty and healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great it's just like any other college dorm. Make sure you get to know your roommate before the semester starts so you can meet them and become friends with them.

    Academic Rigor

    So far the classes I am taking are both fun and rigorous at the same time which help me grasp certain concepts better.

    Tips for prospective students

    New students definitely need to get involved in an activity of some sort when the come to UT. It will help you make new friends and see what all the school has to offer.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee has been a great experience for me so far. All the classes I am enrolled in are fun as well as challenging. Finally the number of students and the diversity makes for a great experience

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not always many places to park at night time. As a young girl, this scares me when getting off work at close to midnight.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is extremely popular

    Clubs and Activities

    Study abroad! Unite is a good program as well.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is good for students who enjoy having a community of people. There is something specialized for everyone, you just have to be willing to work to find it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Einstein Bagels is so good! There are two on campus!

    Bang for the buck

    Just like with any other place, you will get out what you put in. Getting involved in something will make college much more enjoyable!

    What to do for fun

    Everything is right on campus! So many restaurants and night clubs to enjoy on the weekends. There is something for everyone!

    Food and Dining

    Love the campus dining options! I enjoyed the cafeteria a lot my freshman year!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are somewhat old

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are sometimes larger, which can make it harder if you need more one on one attention.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to not only walk a lot, but to walk a lot uphill! There is a bus that drives around campus all the time, but sometimes you will have to wait about ten to fifteen minutes for one of those buses.

    In three sentences

    The University is awesome because it is so large, so there are many opportunities to get involved within areas of your interest! UT offers so many awesome organizations to form your own circles by meeting people with the same interests! I love the community feeling I have at this school.

  • 10/10/2012

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    Dorm Life

    The dorms are set up to make you feel right at home!

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love the atmosphere of the BIG ORANGE! I like the way the campus is set up and is very easy to get around. Everyone there is so friendly, and helps you in whatever you need, it is defiently the place to go!

  • 10/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The UTPD (university of tennessee police department) patrol the campus. There are phones all over campus in case of an emergency. There is hardly ever an incident on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the Rock. Students can paint anything they want to on the Rock. Its essentially school sponsored graffiti.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places to eat scattered all over campus and the meal plan even works at some national food chains. Some dorms have convenience stores inside where you can use your meal card.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fun and you meet a lot of new people. There is always events going on that different halls will sponsor. There are competitions on the floor and they RAs and hall staff help you ease into college life.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are engaging and they teach you a lot while getting the student involved. There are also many opportunities for students to get help if they need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with something. It doesn't have to be a sorority/fraternity but find something you like and become a part, it makes the experience all the more fun.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee has a lot to offer in terms of clubs and student life. It is a very active campus with something for anyone. It is an all around amazing campus and soon becomes a second home for anyone who attends there; I love it!!

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Make sure to know where the blue lights are, these are poles located on each block of campus that have an emergency phone and button in case your in trouble or if you need a ride to the dorm late at night. The UTPD even though some may be dorky they are so helpful.

    Clubs and Activities

    Intramurals, Unite, Ignite, Hall association, etc there are so many possibilities and there are several hundreds of options to choose from so find out more. Do not go the whole first year without getting involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The torch bearer is really important and you should know rocky top and the alma mater also because we sing them at every event. If orange is not your favorite color you should change that now to where it is your favorite.

    What to do for fun

    Go to games! There are so many different sports on campus that have games on random nights of the week go support the vols and lady vols.

    Food and Dining

    There are several different places to eat on campus but if you have a meal plan then make sure to be disciplined enough to use those wisely and do not spend money that you do not have to.

    Dorm Life

    I love my resident hall!! I am in Humes Hall and it is just fall break and I wish I could live here until senior year. The girls are so nice and all of the RA's are super awesome but you have to be willing to come out of your comfort shell a little bit. Make sure to get involved with your hall government because they always have free food.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at UTK are challenging and I am sure you will here this a million times before starting school but study 2-3 hours for every 1 hour in class. For the first exam do not freak out if you do not do well it is okay just be sure to study harder for #2 and meet with your professor they are a huge help.

    Tips for prospective students

    DO NOT BUY YOUR books from the bookstore rent them, ebay, or something the bookstore is over priced. If you think you want to go here but are not sure definately take an official tour and apply for scholarships early. If you are going to be a freshmen here and get lost do not be scared to ask everyone here is so nice use your resources. That includes tutoring, advisors, library, the buses and much more, be aware of what your tuition is paying for.

    In three sentences

    A large campus with a large amount of community, volunteer spirit, and caring people. The university is competitive in academics, athletics, and has over 75 majors to choose from. The university honestly has something to offer for every type of student.

  • 10/18/2012

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    In three sentences

    I loved the campus when I went. They seemed to have everything a person could ask for!

  • 10/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have blue phones so someone can call the police at almost any given location on campus. We have to swipe a card to get into our residence buildings and to our floors. There is still, though, the occasional robbery on the strip near the university.

    Greek Life

    There are so many sororities and fraternities to be involved in, and they all have tons of fun. I'm not a part of one, but my friends are. They are always up to something silly.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for anyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Athletes, those interested in Greek life, those that are interested in science majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You get to paint a rock and beat up a car before the Alabama game.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive and hard to deal with at times, but my lofty goals here outweigh any frustration I have with finances.

    What to do for fun

    The list is honestly endless. I don't even know where to start. You WILL make friends, and you WILL find something fun to do in Knoxville.

    Food and Dining

    I just wanted healthy options, and I got them.

    Dorm Life

    I love my roommate and my living situation. The bathrooms stay clean. I just wish we could have heat before the middle of November. It's getting cold in here.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what you major in. My electives have all been really easy, but classes related to my biochemistry major are difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    The prestige is worth all of the nickel-and-diming.

    In three sentences

    You are receiving a quality education from professors that are also researchers in the field that you are exploring. If you want to get into undergraduate research, it is only a few emails away. Most of my professors are tough, but they are all very understanding.

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not quite so good. Students receive emails for any suspicious activity, but it is still not somewhere you want to walk alone at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is everything you can imagine. From ball room dancing to football to photography.

    Great for these types of students

    Possible Greeks. A lot of social life is centered around Greek life on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Campus is right next to Knoxville's strip which is just a bunch of restaurants and bars. Downtown Knoxville is a pretty cool place. There are a bunch of theaters and shows to see!

    Food and Dining

    Food is great! There are Chick-Fil-As and Subways galore!

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It is about average right now. I am not in the Honors Program. So, my classes are pretty easy for me right now.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to walk up hill a lot! It's a huge campus, and it's easy to get lost.

    In three sentences

    Pretty good so far. The academics are good.

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The UTK campus has really put time and effort into the safety of its students. There is a system called the blue light system, and it enables students to simply press a button on a blue light post if they need help or transportation. These posts are all over campus, and you can always see another when standing by one. Another safety measure that has been taken is the UTPD text messaging system. Any suspicious activity happening near campus is immediately reported, and a mass text is sent out to all UT students with text messaging services.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life at UTK is really pretty big. I have a lot of friends in fraternities and sororities, but I'm not a member. You don't have to be a member to make friends by any means, but some people seem to think it helps. Either way, everyone can get involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an extensive list of activities for students to join! There are really too many to mention. Whatever your major or interests, there is a club for you.

    Great for these types of students

    UTK is great for just about anyone. I'd say it helps if you're motivated towards your education, and it's nice if you are open to trying different activities and getting to know new people. Most people here are really open and personable.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The seal on Pedestrian Parkway is said to be cursed, and anyone who steps on it is said to take longer than 4 years to graduate. The Hill on campus is historic, and has been around since 1794. It is where a lot of science and math classrooms are located. There is the pass the torch ceremony for incoming freshmen. You sit with your entire freshman class in an auditorium and listen to a presentation by your administration. Once this presentation is over, everyone lights an individual candle. It's a really neat experience.

    Bang for the buck

    UT is a really great, vibrant, and exciting place. It is fun to walk to class every morning and see everyone getting involved along the way. There are always things to do, and there are always people willing to help with academics or with any other aspect of your life. The campus is always buzzing, but if you need to study, there are mandatory quiet places (certain floors in the library) and mandatory quiet hours in the dorms. There are extensive opportunities, such as study abroad programs and internships or job shadowing programs. It really is worth the money and time you'll put in to apply here.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun here! We have a recreation center here for anyone to exercise or play intramural sports. There is the Clarence-Brown Theater for anyone who wants to go see any of the plays that they show regularly. There are a lot of hiking spots nearby, for anyone who likes the outdoors. There are always activities going on around Pedestrian Parkway, people will often set up stands looking for the participation of anyone who passes them. There is also a great nightlife on the weekends for people who like to go out and dance or socialize with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is pretty good, we have a lot of options here. There is fast food of course, but there are also many healthy options to choose from. The only problem I've found is with the payment system. Meal equivalency (where you get three meals a day, or however many you sign up for on the meal plan), is not really meal equivalency here. Rather, it covers $4.50 on each meal you order, and often the meal is worth more than that. The remaining cost is then transferred to dining dollars, which works like money on a debit card. This runs out fairly quickly if you aren't careful.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good at UTK, and it is also very safe. There are both suite style and individual dorms, by individual I mean that two people live in one room without being connected to another room and two more people. The dorms are heated and air conditioned, and if anything malfunctions it is fairly easy to send out a maintenance request, which is usually taken care of within a day or two.

    Academic Rigor

    During your first year, classes can be pretty tough. Most of this, however, is based on your ability to time manage and prioritize your schedule. Since most of us have lived at home for our entire lives prior to entering college, this can be a big transition! Professors are great overall, and they are always open to helping students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Once you have gotten used to your schedule, do not hesitate to get involved. In your classes, most of which are surprisingly small, get together with your classmates for group studying. This can help you meet people and make good friends while being productive. Don't worry about the campus size! It seems intimidating, but it is very easy to navigate once you have gone to a few of your classes, and professors are not harsh in the first couple of weeks when you are trying to find your way around campus.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is very diverse and accepting of different types of students. It has many opportunities for leadership and community service. It is a huge campus with many academic and other types of resources, but a student can easily get the individual help he or she needs.

  • 11/02/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    During the summer, I ate at the main dining hall every day. There is a good variety of food, and all of it is fantastic!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the lay of the land! It is very easy to get lost, so make sure you know where you are going so you make it to class on time.

    In three sentences

    I am a participant in AEUB here at UT, and had the opportunity to spend six weeks on campus. Even though I have lived in Knoxville my whole life, I never really learned to appreciate it until I walked the campus to various buildings for my classes. Simply put, UT has found a way to be nestled in an urban setting while still retaining a beautiful and refreshing campus.

  • 11/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I do not live on campus, so I cannot really answer this question. This is something a student who lives on campus could answer better. I do know that the bottom floor of the University Center has bowling, pool tables, ping pong, and Xbox 360s.

    Food and Dining

    The University Center has two cafeterias - one that has a variety of types of food, while the other is like a food court, with Chick-fil-a, Subway, Petro's, Sbarro, and a Japanese restaurant. Cumberland Ave., also called The Strip, has a variety of restaurants very close to campus. McDonald's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Zaxby's, Cook-Out, Mellow Mushroom, Moe's, Panera Bread, as well as a few other restaurants are all located here.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home so I cannot really comment on this. However, I did spend the night in a dorm during freshman orientation, and it was extremely small. Not really enough space for one person, much less two. I think two dorm rooms shared one bathroom, which would mean four people use the same bathroom, which I would not like. If you live near campus, just save the money and live at home.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can range from easy to challenging. Some classes do not require much work outside of class and are very easy, while some can be very challenging. You just have to study and do all homework assignments. Also, always go to class. If you're paying thousands to attend college, it does not really make sense not to go to class.

    Tips for prospective students

    When registering for classes, always check RateMyProfessors.com to read reviews of the professors you may be taking. I withdrew from one class late in the semester and dropped another early in the semester because of the professors. Also, register early - classes can fill up fast. Try to take classes that really interest you. That may not always be possible because of General Education requirements, but I would recommend at least trying to find classes that seem to be somewhat interesting to you.

    In three sentences

    I really enjoy attending the University of Tennessee. The classes can be challenging but I have really liked most of my classes. Most of the professors and faculty are very helpful and really seem to care.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    pretty good.. UTPD are very friendly and helpful

    Greek Life

    lots of greeks!

    Clubs and Activities

    UNITE, BCM, NSBE

    Great for these types of students

    intelligent, fun, outgoing, sports oriented

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the rock- spray paint graffiti on a certain rock given to the students to express themselves

    Bang for the buck

    take advantage of meal plans and spend the little as possible at the convenience markets.

    What to do for fun

    rock climb, watch movies with friends, play ping pong

    Food and Dining

    great!

    Dorm Life

    fun fun fun

    Academic Rigor

    hard if you don't do the work and go to class.. challenging but manageable

    Tips for prospective students

    study in high school don't room with your best friend make good eating and exercising habits find a routine and stick to it make good choices

    In three sentences

    The campus is BEAUTIFUL. All of the professors I have had so far are extremely helpful. The people (fellow students) are awesome.

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    you see police constantly and the blue light police poles are all over campus

    Clubs and Activities

    they have so many clubs i can't list them. there is something for everyone here

    Great for these types of students

    anyone

    Bang for the buck

    good value with in-state tuition

    What to do for fun

    You're right by downtown Knoxville and just a short drive to the Smoky Mountains. There is always something to do around here.

    Food and Dining

    They serve breakfast till 2:30 on weekends!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for climbing hills, keep an open mind, make new friends, get involved on campus

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and you will definitely get in shape here. There are a lot of classes to pick from and the teachers are great. The people are friendly!

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs to get involved, it is fun to get to know people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out about organizations on campus that may be out of your comfort zone.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is a very diverse school. It encourages you to find what makes you different and embrace it. I would rate this school a 8 on a 1-10 scale; 1 being poor and 10 being excellent.

  • 12/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe. There has not been a time I felt like I was in danger.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty big here. It is not required to be in a sorority or fraternity in order to have a social life though.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundred of club on campus that vary in interest. There is seriously a club for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    University of Tennessee is great for students looking to further their education, while still having fun and not getting too stressed out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football games are huge traditions here. Game days include tailgating, the band playing Rocky Top while walking to the stadium, and the Vol Walk.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student the expenses are pretty high. I love it here, but it would be nice if I could get a scholarship or some financial aid. In state tuition is pretty reasonable.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities to take part of on campus. There are hundreds of clubs that interest many different kind of students. Greek life is also pretty bug here.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options to chose from on campus. PCB is basic cafeteria food, and can get old pretty quickly. I would suggest Southern Kitchen for a nice home cooked meal.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty nice compare to most college dorms. They really do not have too many problems (such as appliances not working) and they have convenient stores in, or very close to, all of them. If you are looking for a more social atmosphere, I would suggest living in presidential court.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not too hard as long as you actually go. If you do not procrastinate, it will be easy to maintain a good GPA. Professors understand that their students have more than one class and try not to assign unnecessary work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to an academic adviser about your major. They are very helpful and will help you plan out your first year, so you will know what to expect.

    In three sentences

    The university is on a beautiful campus, and really makes students feel comfortable. The professors are very helpful and willing to work with you for the most part. Overall UTK is a great school.

  • 12/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are minor incidents weekly, but the campus police do a great job notifying the students and keeping the campus safe. There are blue lights that students can use within sight from every spot on campus, and the bus system is always running. Try to grab a buddy to walk with you at night, regardless, especially in the Fort area behind campus (there is lots of housing here).

    Greek Life

    I have heard it is amazing. The people I know in sororities and fraternities seem like very friendly people and are always smiling, so something must be good! They are building brand new houses in Sorority Village right now which look VERY nice. The frat houses are a bit older and some are spread randomly throughout campus. I think that's a project for the school to fix soon, anyway.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally THOUSANDS. And they are the most random clubs too! There is one for every activity imaginable, and if you want to start your own, you are welcome to do that too. It is easy to get involved, there are signs for them all over campus and emails regularly get sent out. Also there is a part of the website dedicated to clubs and activities. You will never be bored!

    Great for these types of students

    Every type, really. But make sure you like big schools, because on a campus of almost 40,000, you can feel insignificant sometimes. The best way to fix that is to get involved in an organization, club, or other group.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have massive tailgates on Wednesdays before football games, and these football games are something in which almost the whole campus participates. Also, don't step on the seal in the ground at the pedestrian walkway beside the library because there is a superstition that if you do, you will not graduate in four years. Speaking of the library, it is one of the coolest places to hang out and study! There are thousands of little nooks you can tuck yourself into, and it is definitely the place to be for finals.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, UT is relatively cheap for everything it provides, and especially compared to other schools. There are hundreds of special services, you just have to go use them. While tuition may seem high, just remember that you are getting first class professors that really know what they are doing and teach you life lessons, not just academic material.

    What to do for fun

    There are places on the strip to visit and of course there is downtown. There are tons of little shops and fun attractions here, and there is always a festival going on in market square. In the winter they have a skating rink in market square. There are movie theaters, malls, and parks all within a 10 minute drive. The mountains are nearby as well, which make for an exciting and relaxing weekend escape. In Sevierville, there is shopping, go karts, zip lining, wonderworks, puttputt and tons more! Dollywood is also very close!

    Food and Dining

    The dining options are all pretty good! Plus, if you're not in the mood for a food court meal, you can always head down to the strip and eat at one of the many restaurants there! A good thing about UT is that there are food options everywhere. In the UC. There are two different areas downstairs that include Chikfila and one upstairs that only serves healthy wraps and salads, for those of you who are health conscious.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small, unfortunately, but the environment is a very friendly place. Most dorms are suite-style with a bathroom shared among four people, which is nice! There are some apartment style dorms, but they too are small. Many people just rent an apartment just off campus with their friends, and you get much more bang for your buck.

    Academic Rigor

    This really depends on which classes you choose. It can be as easy or as hard as you want it to be. I am taking honors classes, so naturally the amount expected from you is much higher than in high school. Overall, the classes here push you, but in a good way. They help you actually learn instead of the in one ear, out the other thing. Make sure you pay attention to your grades, there aren't many opportunities to redeem them if you start slacking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you use ratemyprofessor.com before picking out your classes. This way, you can get all of the good teachers as I did. There are some that are hard to understand or that should just no be teachers, but I have never had a problem! Also, plan to bring a bike or a couple pairs of good walking shoes to campus. There are lots of hills to climb!

    In three sentences

    Good school with lots of opportunities, especially for research and community involvement. If you are looking for a school that feels united, this is the place to go! The teachers are all excellent as well!

  • 12/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I'm pretty pleased with campus security. We always get UT Alerts. There are about a million blue light phones on campus, and you always see police cars rolling around campus. There are some areas that could be better lit, like the way from Presidential Court to Hodges, it's really dark on Melrose. Don't go near the strip at night though, bad news bears man.

    Greek Life

    I'm starting to think that Greek Life is one of the only things to do here.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities page isn't really helpful, because they have some on there that people don't even run anymore. It's really misleading and should be kept up a lot better than it is now.

    Great for these types of students

    Not to sound completely stereotypical, but the campus is completely full of guys in fraternities and girls in sororities. And they all look the way you think they would.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Strong Hall is haunted apparently.

    Bang for the buck

    Eh. It's pricey for out of stater's. And you might be able to find something better at home for cheaper, trust me.

    What to do for fun

    Football games, obviously. But only if we're doing good otherwise it's no fun to go. Sometimes Presidential Court will have events, movies are shown. The UC almost always has SOMETHING on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Some of it is good. You're going to want more dining dollars though, when you're pulling all nighters at Hodges (and trust me you will be) you're going to want Starbucks, and a lot of it. They run low really quickly.

    Dorm Life

    The walls are PAPER thin. Nothing sticks to the walls, either. You'll need lots of tape, and duct tape doesn't stick. You're going to have tensions with your roommates towards the end of the semester, so make sure that you guys aren't around each other a lot.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes could be a lot harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have everything figured out beforehand. If you're thinking of another school already and have any hesitation, seriously think about it. I've only been here for a semester and I'm leaving.

    In three sentences

    It's a nice school. But the new academic policies are absolutely ridiculous. Also, it's hard to work with financial aid, the bursar's, or anyone.

  • 12/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is very important to the cops on campus. They installed safety lights all over campus that have buttons wired to call the Knoxville bus, the Knoxville police department, and 911 in the case of an extreme emergency. Each pole has a blue safety light, a camera, and a list of these numbers. UTPD also has an alert system set up for text messages and e-mails to inform students in big emergencies such as robberies, shootings, etc.

    Greek Life

    Despite what you may have heard, Greek life is a great thing to be involved in. There are many sororities and fraternities so there is always one that you could fit into. All are involved in some sort of philanthropy, so helping the community is one of their top priorities. I would highly recommend at least participating in rush because this is where you can meet many new people.

    Great for these types of students

    UT is great if you come from a smaller town and are looking to make many new friends. It has been a great experience for me so far!

    What to do for fun

    Football season is always fun! (whether we can win or not) On the weekends, the strip, where all of the bars are, is usually packed. If the bars aren't really your scene, there are many groups who take weekend trips to the mountains. There is also market square where there is multiple restaurants, shops, and a movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    All freshmen have to be on a meal plan. The cafeteria food is not all that great. I started out with a 7 day $100 dining dollar meal plan. After Christmas I am switching to the 10 meal/week $300 dining dollar meal plan simply because I use more dining dollars rather than go to the cafeteria to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I found my roommate at a greek weekend called Panhellenic preview. We are currently in the same sorority and best friends! My suitemates are my best friend from high school and she found her roommate on Roomsurf.com. We all get along great and we lived in South Carrick this year! We didn't have any problems until a couple of weeks before Christmas break. There was one day where the water was messed up and we did not have water for most of the day. Other than that I actually don't mind living in the dorm!

    Academic Rigor

    Again, look at the professor before you take a class!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you check out your teachers before you take a class. Professors can really effect how hard a class will be! Don't overload yourself the first year. I only took 14 hours my first semester and it was the perfect amount for me to adapt to all the new things in my life!

    In three sentences

    UT is academically challenging, but the professors are always willing to help. There are many things to get involved in, so do not worry about not making friends. Everyone thinks the campus is too big for them, but in actuality everything is within walking distance.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun at UT. The strip is always a fun time if you are with the right people. You could also go spend time at the TRECS if you are into working out.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UT is phenomenal. From the University Center to Presidential Court, it is not difficult to find a decent meal.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice. Resident Assistants at the University are very cool for the most part. Try and follow the rules as much as possible for a college freshman.

    Academic Rigor

    The only thing that is difficult to me is chemistry. The chemistry department is very difficult at this institution. Chose your instructor wisely, or it it will come back to haunt you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on attending UT, the first thing you should know is that you should go to class. Study hard in addition to going to class, but remember to take brakes as well during the school week. Lastly, have fun while you are there you only get this opportunity once.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is a wonderful place to attend college. The environment in Knoxville is fantastic and provides an exciting life out of the classroom. The education is very good as well.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have rarely felt unsafe on campus. Even in those instances there is always a blue light nearby. The blue lights on campus signal police and/or the T-Link bus that runs at night to carry you back to your dorm if you don't feel safe walking back. Plus, if something suspicious (i.e. Robbery) happens anywhere near campus you will receive a UT alert notifying you of it. UT is patrolled by THREE different police districts: UTPD, Knoxville PD, and Knoxville Sheriff's Department.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs and activities around campus. Walking down Pedestrian walkway you see 10-20 of them trying to get people to join. Plus, if you don't see one that you like, you can start one easily.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of many traditions at UT is painting the Rock. UT has had every kind of message on it, ranging from athletic to even marriage proposals.

    Bang for the buck

    UT is an awesome school, but the constant tuition increase sucks. Overall, you still get a great education for a much cheaper price than some other schools. UT is ranked in many programs. For example, UT's law program is #19 in the US.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on at UT; whether it's College Gameday coming to campus, The Today Show broadcasting from the Hill, or just everyday activities around campus. UT is located near downtown Knoxville, with a residence hall and the Hill located on the strip (Cumberland Avenue) and World's Fair Park. UT is just a short 45 min to an hour drive from the Smoky Mountains, and a 2 hour drive from Asheville, NC.

    Food and Dining

    Presidential court (PCB) is where most of the students eat on campus. The restaurants in PCB include Subway, full-service Chick-fil-a, and an all-you-can-eat buffet style restaurant at the top. Southern Kitchen, the University Center, and Cumberland Avenue are all options as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at UT are small with most of them having 200 square feet or less. Yet, the dorms are thriving most of the time with people hanging out or studying. For example, the basement in Clement Hall always has something going on, even at 2 A.M.

    Academic Rigor

    UT is striving to become a top 25 research university, so the academic challenges have increased. Yet, the professors have also increased in the amount of time they are willing to spend to help the students. Professors post their office hours and are even willing to schedule appointments to give extra help for their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to actively read, professors at UT assign A LOT of reading; GO TO CLASS!!! I can't stress that one enough, missing just one day can seriously hurt your understanding of a subject. General education classes (i.e. Chemistry) are large classes with roughly 200 or more students in them and professors can't go back and review everything for everyone. Make friends in and outside of class so that you have someone to talk to in case you don't understand something and/or get away from work if you need to.

    In three sentences

    Tennessee is a great university to come to if you are looking for challenges, new perspectives on life, and making new connections. Tennessee is HUGE on diversity, and walking around campus you will definitely see that. The university offers many opportunities for growth, from the classroom to the Saturday night party.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe place to live. There is something called VOL-ALERT, which is an email notification for when any suspicious activity occurs around the school area.

    Greek Life

    Lots of fraternities and sororities. Greek life is really appreciated.

    Clubs and Activities

    Varies from sports, music, religion, to academics.

    Great for these types of students

    All kinds of students from various age, background, character, or race are in this school. It is very diverse. There is a community for everyone, and one can choose to be uniform with anyone. They are very nice people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The presidential court is a multi-building complex where only freshman live. Football rituals is the Volwalk, where the fans and football players have a parade before the gsme.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive, but very worth it. It offers what college experience is all about.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of people to hang out with, once you've found your community. It is a great sports environment, and also has diversity in music, and all kinds of entertainment. Although it can be fun, it is actually a peaceful place. Things never get caotic or out of control.

    Food and Dining

    There are specific times for when you have reduced amount for your food. I suggest you also bring some food from home, because you will used to the food pretty easily.

    Dorm Life

    People are friendly in the dorms. It is like a community. However, it is not a great place to study. You have go to the library a lot.

    Academic Rigor

    There are diversity in majors, and professors and advisors are always available for help.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advise is to not take time for granted. The harder you work at the start, the better it gets for you as time goes on. College is only as difficult as you make it.

    In three sentences

    A large school with lots of diversity. There are plenty of activities and organizations to choose from. A great learning environment.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    positives: UTPD, UT alerts whenever there's an incident, cameras on all the dorms, key entry to dorms, blue lights everywhere, fairly crowded campus so you usually aren't alone. negatives: you can't be dumb with so many people living together in one place. don't leave your stuff unattended, especially like in the library, and lock your door when you leave. don't walk alone at night. always walk in a group especially to parties or the club. there are incidents, but you can avoid any problems by being smart.

    Greek Life

    Sororities are pretty big on campus. You definitely can have a social life without one, but it can be really nice to be in one. Greek life helps make a large campus smaller--all of the sororities are around 160-170 girls, so you will have a much larger social circle to start with than what you would have otherwise as a freshman. That can be nice when you're walking around campus and you don't see anyone you know but then run into girls in your sorority--or another sorority for that matter. The Panhellenic community is fairly tightknit, and it's easy to become friends with girls in other chapters because of it. Fraternities aren't as big as sororities, and the IFC community is not as cohesive. The administration is cracking down pretty hard on fraternities because they see the partying and hazing as obstacles to the university moving into the top 25. That being said, there are several strong frats on campus with 100+ members. The chapters are smaller than the sorority chapters, and there are more chapters total. Because of all this the fraternities are more differentiated in personalities. You can probably find one that fits what you're looking for, because they're all pretty different. Greek life at UT can be a really good thing if you make it so. You can learn a lot of good skills--leadership of your peers, how to act in business casual settings, community service. There are a lot of benefits. You will become close to whatever chapter you're associated with, and there is ALWAYS something to do on campus if you're Greek. It's good if you're interested in giving back too--all chapters have a philanthropy, and most do some local work too. Last year UT Greeks raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for causes like Make a Wish, St. Jude, The East TN Children's Hospital, YWCA, and the Jason Foundation, to name a few.

    Clubs and Activities

    tonnnnnssssss of clubs for anything you want. International House, Black Cultural Center, Middle Eastern Students Association, sororities and fraternities, anything. http://go.utk.edu/

    Great for these types of students

    engineering, anthropology, business, pre-law, political science, anybody looking for a good undergrad degree who wants to save their money for grad school, party scene, we're about to get a new music building so music soon, Greek

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the whole campus is a tradition--Big Orange Country, Rocky Top. UT is one of the oldest colleges in the country, founded in 1794. everybody knows Rocky Top, and you'll sing it a lot in the fall.

    Bang for the buck

    Tons of resources open to you if you seek them out: internships, research opportunities, study abroad, job placement, independent study with professors. Really close to cool places as far as academics: Oak Ridge National Lab (any kind of engineering, chemistry, or physics), Great Smoky Mountains National Park (biology or anthropology), the Body Farm (forensic anthropology). always use ratemyprofessor.com when signing up for classes, because some professors are really good and some are not. basically, you get as much bang for your buck as you want.

    What to do for fun

    There's always a lot going on at UT--movie screenings, plays, small concerts. The party scene is, of course, great. There are several decent clubs near campus if that's what you like. There's a lot of other great stuff too, though. Campus is close to both Market Square and the Old City. There you'll find a more artsy scene with concerts from both local artists (Dirty Guvnahs) and big artists (Ingrid Michaelson and more), as well as lots of great restaurants and just a cool hangout scene. Knoxville itself is a pretty cool little city. I really like to just explore it. The Knoxville Museum of Art is supposed to be pretty good, too. Game days are fun--all of campus turns into tailgating and almost everyone goes to the games (even when we have as bad of a season as we did this year). The environment on campus is just fun in general most of the time. Campus is also really close to a lot of great outdoors places. the Smokies are an hour away, and there are a lot of hiking places closer too. UT has the Vol Wall, which is a great facility for climbing and especially bouldering. TRECS is also a pretty good gym.

    Food and Dining

    PCB and Morrill are the two main freshman dining halls. They're both alright, kind of standard cafeteria food. The UC has some pretty good stuff, and Ray's Place is good. Southern Kitchen is really good too. If you're trying to eat healthy or vegetarian you may have trouble on campus, though. The Strip (Cumberland Avenue, runs right by campus) has a lot more options, so as a freshman you might be better off getting a small meal plan and eating there more. There's a 24-hour Jimmy John's right by campus.

    Dorm Life

    All freshmen have to live on campus. The freshman dorms are not great facilities. Some things are nice--there is a dining hall in Morrill and one in Presidential Court, both of which are close to most freshmen. If you are a freshman recruited athlete, girls are often in Morrill and boys are in Gibbs. Most of the freshmen live in or near Presidential Court, which becomes a cool community. Hess, Massey, and Clement are not near Pres Court. Clement is pretty far away, and I've heard mixed reviews of it. Most people in the dorms are friendly, although there will be way more people in your dorm than you will actually get to know. The room are small but not too shabby, and the cleaning staff is pretty nice. Each dorm has its own personality--Carrick and Humes have a lot of sorority girls, for example, and Reese has a lot of frat guys. Morrill is mostly Honors but also houses the Ag, Leadership, Design, Engineering, and Public Policy communities. There is a new dorm being built that will open in a few years. The sorority houses are opening right now too, and they're all really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    This school really is what you make of it. Not all of your classes will be hard if you're in a less challenging major and you choose easy electives. However, if you're here not just for a degree but also to develop your critical thinking skills and the like, you can definitely find classes that will challenge you. Those classes usually will be less full, too, in my experience around 15-20 students. The same is true for Honors classes--they're harder, but if you want to be challenged they're the way to go because they're also smaller. That being said, Tennessee is also very strong in some programs. Our engineering, business, and architecture programs are all very strong. In the past we've been top 10 in the country for nuclear engineering, mostly due to the partnership with Oak Ridge. The Howard Baker, Jr. Center is for political science and public policy. We also have one of the best forensic anthropology programs in the country because of the Body Farm. There are a lot of fantastic resources for any major if you search them out. In the same way, your classes can be as hard as you want them to be. Don't come to UT expecting a cake walk, however. It has a reputation as a party school, but this is a big university with real classes, and you will have to work while you're here. If you go to class, take good notes, learn to study, and make friends in your classes to study with, you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships. Turn in your application early enough for the Chancellor's Honors deadline, and apply for the Haslam Scholarship too. UT's admissions site is a little dense, so take the time to navigate it. Take the essays seriously, too. This is especially true if you want to get into Honors, because the Honors program is more competitive than you might expect. In fact, Tennessee is more competitive than you might expect in general. Don't count it out, even if you're applying to Ivy Leagues or schools like Vandy or Rice. Many of the best and brightest in the state go here because it's so affordable. Don't count it out if you're out of state, either, because there are plenty of students from across the country. Take a tour and stay the night if you know someone here, and come sometime besides Game Day if you want a feel for what campus is really like.

    In three sentences

    Tennessee is a big school with a lot to offer, and to succeed you have to jump in and make the most of it. You have to find your place both in organizations and in your major. It's a wonderful place, and unique in that you will find here the possibilities for great academics and one of the best party scenes in the nation.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are Blue Lights posted all around campus. If at any time you feel unsafe, blue light stands come equipped with an alarm and phone. UT has it's own police force and community service officers on campus. Knoxville Police Department is right down the road as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    SGA, UT Amateur Radio Club, Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville (SPEAK), marching band

    Great for these types of students

    LGBT, conservative, liberal, environmentally conscious, amateur / HAM radio enthusiasts, sports fans, music lovers, drama enthusiasts

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Rock is across the road from the student health center. Students paint the rock to celebrate birthdays, events, sports, and generally express themselves.

    Bang for the buck

    Especially good value for in-state students.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Knoxville is as close as a free trolley ride, short bike ride, or even a quick walk. Down the road from UT is The Strip, that has great night life and restaurants. The campus is like a city of its own. There's plenty to do right outside the dorm, from sports events to concerts.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good and meal plans are adequate.

    Dorm Life

    The perfect balance of quiet and fun. Living in the dorm wasn't so loud that it was like a zoo, and it wasn't too quiet either. Clean and comfortable amenities too.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but not impossible to succeed in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take full advantage of all of the resources available to you. If you meet with financial aid, the student success center, the writing help center, the math help center, etc. you will succeed at UT. Get involved with student groups like SGA, SPEAK, and other clubs you may be interested in. If you get sick, the Student Health Center is a top notch medical treatment facility. Doctor's visits are free.

    In three sentences

    UT is large enough to have some privacy, but small enough where you don't feel lost in the crowd. There's great opportunities to collaborate, and the faculty are super supportive of students. I've had help every step of the way.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The campus is filled with activities for students and has various fraternities and sororities to make life long friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research about your major and make sure that it is what you want to do. If you focus solely on your degree, you will be able to succeed without distractions.

    In three sentences

    The art department at the University of Tennessee has really pushed me to expand my way of thinking. With the recently loss of my father to cancer, I have used my creativity to raise awareness within my art department and plan to later expand to my community. The professors have really helped through this tough time.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UT Police Department isn't far by and they are there in a heartbeat when needed. They also have blue lights placed around campus for emergencies. You just press the button and they come as fast as possible. They also provide other services, such as unlocking your truck when you have locked your keys in it (I take advantage of this a lot).

    Greek Life

    Seems to be a big deal... people love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a multitude of them. I couldn't even name ten percent of them. Plus, if there is something you want to be a club but isn't, you can start it.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are not completely sure what they want to study, people with a lot of school pride

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Running through the T for freshmen. All the freshmen get together during orientation and run through The T on the football field.

    Bang for the buck

    Knoxville isn't for everyone. It isn't my favorite city. There is very little rural area for miles and there are constantly sirens. Some people love it, some don't.

    What to do for fun

    I'm on the equestrian team, so I spend a lot of time at the barn. There are always parties going on, you just have to get invited to them. Several bars and good places to eat on the strip, which is right next to campus. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are not far from Knoxville, so that would make a fun weekend trip to stay in a cabin and shop or go play mini golf and stuff there.

    Food and Dining

    I don't have a meal plan personally, but most people seem to have a huge problem with the meal plans. Several dorms require them, but it is a waste of money. It is ridiculous to think you will actually be able to eat there for all, or even 90%, of your meals. The food is mediocre, often the same... The halls close at eight and there is one day on the weekends, I think it is Saturday, that they are all closed by two. Just a total waste of money.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life in general is bad... regardless of school. You have to follow rules that you moved out of your parent's house to avoid, share a tiny space with someone and rarely get any privacy, share a bathroom, and you don't have a kitchen or living room. It's just a necessary evil.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the type of class. UTK is renowned for its advanced science classes, so those tend to be difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Hess Hall is the best dorm to stay in because it is centrally located to many buildings and you will have a shorter walk to most of your classes. It has community bathrooms, but that is actually better than sharing one bathroom with four people. Always go to football games. Even if you do not think you will be that interested, you feel very left out on game day if you are not attending. You will have fun. It is a great atmosphere to be in and the VOLS may eventually even put on a good show for us.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee offers a variety of different colleges and many different majors within those colleges, providing students with a broad range of options if they are undecided or decide that they no longer want to do what they originally thought. One of the most well-known aspects of UTK is the football program, which generates an enormous amount of school pride and gives the students a sense of unity on game day. The majority of teachers and advisers I have interacted with have been both helpful and pleasant.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I would never recommend walking alone at night, but should it occur, the campus is pretty well lit. There are also plenty of blue emergency lights should anyone need help. There have been a couple incidents of attempted robbery, but each time the suspects were apprehended. Also police officers are assigned just to UT and are on campus. Students have the option to subscribe to text messages about incidents that occur on campus so that they are aware. Emails are also sent out when a crime is committed.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is quite popular on campus, including the national panhalenic fraternities and sororities. There's always something going on :)

    Clubs and Activities

    There are extracurricular activities for any and everybody. And if there's one that UT doesn't offer that one would like to see on campus, it's easy to start one up! You just need a faculty/staff member and members.

    Great for these types of students

    UT is a great school for any race. Being a minority has not affected me. There are clubs and organizations specifically pertaining to minorities, and it even breaks down into specific minorities, Asian, African American, Hispanic and Latino.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ray's Place is a great place to get food. It is on the Hill ( it is called the hill because of the steep hill you walk up to get to it.) It is owned by a blind man who knows exactly how much money you give him and gives correct change back. The food is great!

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student, I was worried about meeting new people. I was surprised at how easy it was. The class sizes are also not as big as I would've thought. My largest class had 260 students, but we met in smaller groups of 35 each week to go over information from the lecture.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do for fun. There are weekend parties at frat houses (national panhallenic included). There is also a club right on the strip next to campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is normally pretty descent. There are multiple cafeterias as well as retail dining such as Chikfila. My only complaint is that hot dogs tend to be on the menu often and I'm not a big fan of hot dogs. The breakfast has never disappointed me!

    Dorm Life

    The dormitories offer different activities for the residence to be able to interact with each other. Visitation is from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday thru Thursday and 24 hours Friday and Saturday. There is no curfew to be back in the dorm, however after midnight a student ID will need to be swiped to enter the building.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared to work. Classes require to put forth the effort. So far the classes have not been difficult, but studying is definitely required.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan to go to the football games! They are a lot of fun, even when we lose. Get involved! There are tons of activities to get involved in and get to know others. At a big university it can sometimes be overwhelming, joining clubs eases the stress.

    In three sentences

    There is a strong sense of community and pride throughout the school. Students and faculty members are very polite and helpful. There is a strong sense of home.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. I don't have to worry about getting around on campus at any time of the day, whether it's my 8 am class or my 6:45 pm class that ends at 8:35 pm. There are Emergency Call points all throughout campus as well that can be used by anyone, student or not, to instantly call for help or assistance if needed.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an enormous amount of clubs ran by students within our campus. The campus website even lists several activities (along with the clubs) scheduled each semester. Students can also form their own activity or club groups.

    Great for these types of students

    It is a great campus for students who enjoy being outdoors or love to take part within their communities. However, it can really be great for any kind of student, outgoing or not, nature-loving or computer-loving. Our library is stocked with 2 floors of computers as well as several study floors for students looking for a way to pass time or just a quiet place to study.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a University Center loaded not only with an electronics shop, Starbucks, several eating options, gift shop, book store, post office, cellphone store, and a few auditoriums for meetings and areas for art viewing, but it also includes a bonus area downstairs for students to relax and have fun with television, games, pool tables, as well as bowling.

    Bang for the buck

    As a college student, I get very frustrated with college prices. This includes the high tuition (and its average of $200 increase each year) as well as the textbook costs. I cannot by any means say its cheap, but if you can find a few scholarships to aid your tuition or living costs, then you'll be on your way in no time.

    What to do for fun

    Aside from clubs, sports, plays, speeches, free movie showings, and even parties, students can always find something fun to do around campus! Our University Center even has a base floor containing pool tables, games and cable television (and wireless internet of course - all around campus), as well as bowling!! Even a nice bike or stroll around the campus or downtown is sure to loosen up a stressed student.

    Food and Dining

    There are several dining cafeteria's and restaurants on campus that are supported by meal plans, purchasable by attending students. However, even if none of these restaurants match your taste (which is unlikely!) or you are simply craving something different, there is an entire street (called The Strip) loaded with various kinds of eateries right within walking distance of the entire campus!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life within this university may be a bit restricted in spacial terms (as most dorms are) but the ability to become one with the student body community is a very strong advantage. Our campus is very secure and safe for those within its boundaries, filled with several Emergency Call points for any situation in need of instance. Living in a dorm is a great way to become involved within the university's community and to truly experience the life of a college student.

    Academic Rigor

    In comparison to the top notch colleges such as Harvard or Vanderbilt, many might assume that the academic requirements within The University of Tennessee (Knoxville) may not be as rigorous as others. However, it's no walk in the park! Varying from one professor to another, the world load assigned does require a significant amount of effort and consideration in order to complete effectively.

    Tips for prospective students

    For students looking to study in the fields of Agriculture, Business, the Sciences, or even Music, The University of Tennessee (Knoxville) is a great college with many helpful and encouraging professors and advisors. The campus is well designed and large. Located right next to Downtown Knoxville, there are many opportunities for students to explore and interact with the outside community - not to mention the immense variety of local restaurants! The university supports numerous extracurricular activities including clubs, sports, free speeches and shows. :)

    In three sentences

    This university has a large campus and many helpful opportunities for any student falling behind or needing additional help in his or her studies. However, the university seems to be under constant construction which is a major hinderance to students when it comes to walking far distances between classes in short periods of time. I would give my current university a 7/10 on a scale from 1 (horrible) to 10 (excellent).

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has multiple blue lights around campus that you can press if you feel unsafe or if you're walking around alone and need a bus to come pick you up. We also have the Late Night bus that starts at 6 p.m. that will make it to where you won't have to walk around campus at night by yourself.

    Greek Life

    I hear the Greek life is a lot of fun and super helpful when it comes to having people to look up to and network with.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs and activities that you could get involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to have a great college experience and get an awesome education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Painting the rock is a huge tradition here at the University of Tennessee. There are so many other ones as well, like attending sporting events and joining different clubs.

    What to do for fun

    Since the university is so close to downtown Knoxville and the strip there are so many things for students to do. You'll always never be bored with the country club and the dance club on the strip and the movie theater and other places downtown.

    Food and Dining

    The food the university supplies is really good and super convenient.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really nice and make it easy to make a lot of new friends. The residential assistants plan multiple activities for your floor to participate in and really help make a little community out of the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics here at the University of Tennessee are both tough and fun at the same time. Teachers are usually really nice and helpful and will allow the students to have lots of extra credit opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are prepared for big hills and a lot of awesome people.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee in Knoxville is a great school. The teachers really help their students and make it easy to learn the subject matter. The school is really good about supplying students with tutors and other helpful learning abilities.

  • 03/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UTPD has campus blue lights strategically located all over campus. They also are quick to respond and constantly patrolling.

    Clubs and Activities

    get inVOLved.

    Great for these types of students

    if you love being busy, meeting new and diverse people, reaching your goals, and having the time of your life, UTK is the place for you

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rays place on the hill is really good.

    Bang for the buck

    expensive. the big orange screw will get you.

    What to do for fun

    paint the rock, go rock climbing, join an intramural team, become a socialite via greek life, volunteer, go to class, study, get a job on campus, go to free movies in the UC, bowl with friends at the UC down under, run, run, run, play tennis, go shopping, watch movies, and etc.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of cafeterias. There are 4 all you can eat buffets, and large chain fast food restaurants available for you to eat at with your meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are smaller than other universities in Tennessee. Very expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    UTk prides itself on being a great university with so many different majors for you to choose from.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get used to walking... UT's campus is very spread out. They have property downtown near gay street, dorms in the fort, the law library and panhellinic across cumberland avenue. Jessie harris is right beside worlds fair park, they have buildings all the way down near the river all the way to sutherland avenue.

    In three sentences

    UTK has so much to offer from social activities to academics. You will have so much to keep you busy!

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Stay away from the Fort and you'll be fine.

    Greek Life

    Very predominant on campus

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking to experience a good mix of academics, high level sports, Greek life, and fun at a large school in the South.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Volunteer football The Torchbearer The painted rock Boom's Day

    Bang for the buck

    Tuitition continues to rise in recent years.

    What to do for fun

    Going to campus sports is free for students and a lot of fun. There is also a local minor league baseball and hockey team in Knoxville. The strip on Cumberland Avenue and the area known as the Old City have plenty of bars and clubs and Elm Street has a theater, restaurants, and opportunities to hear live music.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're not from the area, be prepared for a culture shock as you enter the rustic hills and mountains of East Tennessee. The campus stretches over a pretty long distance and the hills can be hard to climb. Consider getting a bike or utilizing the bus system. Also, be prepared to enjoy UT sports, epecially football games since they are a valued tradition. Oh, and learn all the words to Rocky Top before football season starts.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is set on a beautiful campus in the rolling hills of East Tennessee. Enjoy a broad range of academic majors and Southeastern Conference sports on good ole Rocky Top. The people are friendly, the sports are fun to watch, and the town of Knoxville is just the right size.

  • 03/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is much safer than the neighborhood around it, Fort Sanders.

    Greek Life

    Very large Greek community.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything you could want.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing and traditional

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Singing Rocky Top in the student section while all of Neyland is in orange.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students UT can be fairly cheap if you get the HOPE grant, which can make college much less expensive than it could be.

    What to do for fun

    The Smoky mountains are only about 30 minutes away so camping and hiking are big attractions here.

    Food and Dining

    There are a ton of food locations around campus, but actual campus dining is limited.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't great, but the resident assistants are.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to prepare for your classes, quizzes, homework, and tests to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn as much as you can in high school so that you are prepared for college.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is absolutely wonderful. There are great professors and staff, endless opportunities for involvement, and a perfect campus life experience.

  • 03/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police don't always tell you everything you need to know. Just think before you do something, and you should be fine.

    Greek Life

    Greek life can be a big part of campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Again, there are more than enough people for you to find a club or group and do something cool with some people you enjoy.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that like to party OR students that are driven in their field of study.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campus is a pretty normal place. There are not a lot of super cool traditions or anything.

    Bang for the buck

    You can get an excellent education here, and you only have to pay public university prices. But tuition rates are increasing.

    What to do for fun

    Knoxville is a small city; there are lots of bars and things around, as well as the old city which has a lot of cool and unique shops. Also, there are enough people around that you will be able to get a group together to do just about whatever you like.

    Food and Dining

    Dining is not that great on campus. You may want to cook for yourself.

    Dorm Life

    Poor internet connections and a lot of lower end dorms makes dorms here a livable but not preferable situation.

    Academic Rigor

    It is as rigorous as you want to make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you figure out a plan for your course schedule. It is a bit of an investment in time, but it yields excellent results.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is a very large university. There are lots of opportunities for students, but you have to be willing to put in the work and look for them. Any dedicated student can do very well here, but it is a state university.

  • 04/02/2013

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    In three sentences

    UT is like one big family. It's geared for students who want to succeed and make their mark on the world.

  • 04/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I don't walk by myself at night but other than that it's great.

    Greek Life

    Not a member, but it doesn't seem as big as some other campuses. Sorority village just opened recently with nice new houses. Greek row is kind of off to the side of campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    I love the clubs I am in, but I don't do too much on campus. I have done some fun things with Society of Women Engineers such as travel and meet interesting people.

    Great for these types of students

    All students I think!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Rock! Students can paint the rock to share messages!

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition for in state is great for a school that seems to be actively trying to improve itself. We have a big push for a top 25 rating in the near future!

    What to do for fun

    Depends on what you like but in Knoxville you can normally find a good time!

    Food and Dining

    Always love having chickfila on campus! We now have two!

    Dorm Life

    I never lived on campus but the dorms I have seen seem nice!

    Academic Rigor

    As an engineering student, all my classes are hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always look into the classes involved in a major before picking a major! Also, don't live in the Fort Sanders area, it is super sketchy.

    In three sentences

    Overall, UT is a great school for many types or people ranging from studious to not so studious. It is easy to have a good time and get an education. I only know about Engineering classes, but I have enjoyed most of mine!!

  • 04/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always on call, and there are blue light stations everywhere incase of an emergency. If you don't feel comfortable walking somewhere, UTPD will literally pick you up and take you where you need to go. Any time something happens as well, the entire campus is notified within minutes via text, as well as email.

    Greek Life

    A large percent of student go Greek. It really helps you meet people and get involved when you come to a large campus like this. Fraternity row is very nice and we are almost done with all of our Sorority village and all of the houses look amazing! Most of the houses already have girls living in them and by the fall every house will be filled! There are endless social events, as well as philanthropic within the Greek community. I definitely encourage students to go Greek!

    Clubs and Activities

    I mentioned previously how there are intramural sports, trecs, pools, tennis courts/clubs, climbing, there is literally a club for everything! There are also several religious organizations and small groups that really helped me meet my closest friends when I got here. Theatre/drama, tumbling clubs, seriously EVERYTHING.

    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for student of every kind to be quite honest. There are so many students here, you will find the group you fit into, even though everyone talks to and gets along with everyone. This school would be great for people who love football, love the Volunteers and our traditions.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On game days girls dress up and wear dresses, cow boy boots, etc. Guys dress nice as well. Also, don't step on the seal at the end of pedestrian walkway or you won't graduate in four years. (But who would want to ever leave college anyway?)

    Bang for the buck

    You will never meet kinder, welcoming people like you will at this University. The people here will remind you what Southern Hospitality is all about. So much school spirit and history on this campus.

    What to do for fun

    Football/Basketball/Soccer games, Tailgating, Student Government, Greek Life, Rumorz on Friday nights, Fraternity Row, The Hill on Thursday nights, etc. Also, there are endless clubs and groups to join, and Knoxville is in a great location and Gatlinburg is a short drive away. There's a rock climbing facility, the TRECS, and you can get involved in intramural sports as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are endless options for food and in presidential court they are dining halls, as well as many other across campus. The Strip is also really close/convenient and an easy walk for those days you want food from off campus. On campus and even in the UC there are subways and Chick-Fil-A, even options for sushi and Japanese.

    Dorm Life

    Presidential court (North and South Carrick and Reese) is the best place to live as an incoming freshman. You are surrounded by many other freshman and you will meet so many people. Massey is also nice and had a good location so you're close to everything.

    Academic Rigor

    College requires a lot of work and is difficult no matter where you go. Classes all depend on your major, and just like any university, they get more difficult as you get deeper into the courses for your major. If you can manage your time and allow yourself enough time to study, you will be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to study and don't slack off first semester, it will catch up to you. Be open to meeting new people, especially in classes because it will be the different in being completely lost and having someone there to explain things to you.

    In three sentences

    SEC, football, tailgating, beautiful people as well as surroundings, big campus, and helpful professors. Endless ways to get involved and meet people whether you're Greek or not. All around the best college campus with the best people you will ever meet.

  • 04/29/2013

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    In three sentences

    What would the transition from a military boarding school to this school be like?

  • 04/29/2013

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    What to do for fun

    Sports

    Food and Dining

    Great food.

    Dorm Life

    From what I hear.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I hear.

    Tips for prospective students

    Behave!!!

    In three sentences

    I am from Tennessee. I have grown up loving Tennessee my entire life. I live orange and white everyday.

  • 05/04/2013

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    Campus Safety

    It's still a city... so just be smart

    Greek Life

    Think typical southern greek society

    Clubs and Activities

    THERE ARE SO MAY OPTIONS.

    Great for these types of students

    The school is great for involved kids of all types.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone wears this atrocious orange color.

    Bang for the buck

    It really is what you make of it. Work hard.

    What to do for fun

    Well there are many clubs and East Tennessee is thriving whether you're on the lake, on the trail in the national park, or at the club it's a great place.

    Food and Dining

    great plans!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are hard..

    Academic Rigor

    Be ready to work!

    Tips for prospective students

    All I really know about is the incoming freshman things, so just be on time with your housing information and all.

    In three sentences

    It's a huge school with opportunities around every corner! Be ready to be bombarded with the Volunteer culture. The staff wants you to succeed!

  • 05/06/2013

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    Clubs and Activities

    Bowling Club is fun. I love bowling.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you step on the seal on the ground, you would not graduate with your bachelor's about five years later.

    What to do for fun

    I would go to the football games and basketball games. I would go to sorority parties and I would go play basketball for fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Freshmen should be confident. They should attend all of their freshmen classes. They should participate in events including sports and different clubs.

    In three sentences

    The school is absolutely amazing. It has a great athletes and academic people. The campus's landscape is just perfect.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very well lit and emergency poles everywhere

    Greek Life

    Tons of Greek life to choose from

    Clubs and Activities

    There are various types of groups for the diversity of the campus

    Great for these types of students

    Football lovers and wearing orange

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Volwalk on game day!

    Bang for the buck

    It is a bit pricey and we could have more offered to us. UT can be sticklers for parking tickets and other various charges.

    What to do for fun

    Sports events and going out to the strip can be fun and a great stress reliever.

    Food and Dining

    Things can be quite pricey if you don't have a meal plan. Take advantage of the meal plan and dining dollars.

    Dorm Life

    I enjoyed staying in Clement and Laurel. Those dorms are not as cramped as others can be and they are fairly clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be quite tough, especially with the more rigorous degrees. Make sure you stay on top of your work!

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring rain boots! It always tends to rain on Mondays a lot. Be prepared for the bipolar weather and have plenty of orange for game days! Take advantage of the free tutoring services as well.

    In three sentences

    It is a great campus and full of student life and support. There are plenty of hills, so you'll get a workout going to class. Everyone is friendly!

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Tennessee has a special alert system set up for cell phones that alerts students when something is happening on campus. I have never felt unsafe on campus, and often times, I am walking alone back to my dorm well after 10:30 p.m. All walkways are always well lit, and campus blue lights are set up everywhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for anything and anybody!

    What to do for fun

    The University of Tennessee always has something to do; no, I am not just talking about partying. I know that the party scene is not for everyone. Besides the usual sporting events, there is always some kind of activity happening. Just check out Pedestrian Walkway to see what is happening that week. There is also usually a free movie screening in the Student Center at least once a week.

    Food and Dining

    Food was great for about the first month. Options vary from buffet style dining hall food & fast food. Unfortunately, when I started attending, they decided to get rid of the 24-hour iHop, and I recently learned that next semester they will also be getting rid of the only homestyle cooking eatery on campus. I do not recommend getting a meal plan. If you want to eat on campus, it is easier to just pay with your own money. Convenience stores are available on campus, but they are overpriced by 2-3 times the amount of regular store prices.

    Dorm Life

    After living in a dorm my first year, it is safe to say that I will be doing it again in the Fall. Generally, dorm life is something that is frowned upon, but it was a wonderful experience having a close knit community to turn to. A lot of new relationships were made. It is highly recommended to live in a community style dorm. It sounds bad at first because you do not get your own bathroom, but it really is not that big of a deal. In giving the bathroom up, your dorm room is larger, and you do not have to deal with waiting on other people to finish up in the bathroom so you can get ready.

    Academic Rigor

    After my first year studying here, I have realized that college as a whole is based on improvisation. Class is as difficult as you make it out to be. If you do not try, you will fail. It is simple logic.

    Tips for prospective students

    Compared to other universities having a freshman 15, the University of Tennessee has a freshman -8, which translates to you being able to eat whatever you basically want and still be able to wear it off with everyday cardio of simply walking to class. This being said, always remember that Knoxville weather is prone to change, so try your best to dress accordingly.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is more than a party school. It is a home away from home with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere that never dissipates. Whether you are a social butterfly or a wallflower, your presence does not go unnoticed here.

  • 05/25/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Most of the incidents occurred in the neighborhood next to the campus. I would consider it safer if people weren't so stupid, like walking alone when they shouldn't be. Lots of blue light phones around campus to call the police and there are lots of methods put in place to get people from one place to another safely.

    Greek Life

    I rushed but halfway through the process I realized I didn't like who I was when I was around all of the other girls. That being said, it wasn't for me, but I know people who absolutely loved it.

    Clubs and Activities

    I never got involved, which I regret, so I can't say much.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love football and don't mind throwing their money away.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some beautiful historic buildings on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Average education, but the trouble UTK puts students through for everything just isn't worth the continually rising cost.

    What to do for fun

    Mountains!

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life has lots of opportunities to meet people and become informed about goings on. They don't pressure you or make you feel obligated to attend functions, though. I loved living on campus because you could go back to your room and take a nap in between classes, or only carry a couple of books with you rather than needing everything for every class. It's also extremely convenient if you need to run over to the library at night.

    Academic Rigor

    Probably the exact same as every other school. The difficulty depends on the particular class and teacher.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you meet with your advisor regularly. Check DARS regularly. Get involved with student activities and do lots of volunteer work to pad your resume. Make note of graduate school requirements as a freshman and sophomore and if you plan on applying to one start thinking about that now. Try not to embarrass UTK anymore than people have already done.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee in Knoxville only cares about money. The University of Tennessee in Knoxville's left hand never knows what its right hand is doing. The University of Tennessee has no respect for students or historical properties.

  • 06/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge at UT!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tailgating before football games, Vol Walk before football games, painting 'The Rock', and there are always booths on Pedestrian walkway!

    What to do for fun

    Going out with friends at night to 'The Strip', Market Square and downtown Knoxville is close by, Worlds Fair Park, athletic events, West Town Mall is down the road on Kingston Pike, UT Gardens, etc!

    Food and Dining

    There is PCB dining, University Center dining, Starbucks, and 'The Strip' which is Cumberland Avenue are all close by and offer a huge selection to choose from. The UC has Subway, AFC/sushi, Chick Fil A, Sbarro, and Petro's. There are Starbucks strewn all over campus, and the library has a Starbucks open 24/7. Cumberland Avenue has endless fast food, restaurants, and bars.

    Dorm Life

    They are always improving upon dorms and in the process of building brand new dorms!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're on the border whether or not you should go on a college visit to UT, you should! I couldn't have chosen a more fitting university!

    In three sentences

    I am absolutely in love with UT! I was hesitant at first since I never went on a college tour, but I ended up where I needed to be. UT has outstanding professors, pride in athletics, engaging campus life, and a huge range of academics!

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never really feel unsafe walking around on campus except for when I take the back roads from UT to Walgreens or taking the Public buses, but that's just me. I am not a city girl. There are always campus police patrolling, and there are many of those emergency blue lights around. There are also so many people that walk around campus from 9pm to 4am that it's almost impossible to be alone or not be seen. There are a few homeless or sketchy people that like to hang around and ask for money or ride the bus, but they leave you alone. Other than that, I love to take walks around campus a lot.

    Greek Life

    Amazing array of Greek Life groups, and their houses are ginormous. They are always involved on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are definitely a wide array of clubs. And if you somehow don't see something on the list for you, you can always create it. There are also an infinite number of Greek life groups, and they have their own houses. Haven't had much time to join a club yet, but I am definitely looking forward to it.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for students that want to get away and go somewhere big. It is also good for those who are use to big towns, unlike myself. If you love the beauty of TN, this is one place where you will find gorgeous landscaping and modern cuisine and shops. This university is also great for those who really want a good education whether it is in Education, Engineering, Music, etc. As far as I know, they have great programs in almost everything and they keep building more housing and buildings.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The coolest thing we have on campus is the giant rock. It is across from the Health Services building where you can go for quick doctor appointments and etc. This rock is always painted with something on it whether it is a promotion for something going on on-campus or just the utk students welcoming the freshman. You can paint whatever you want on it whenever you want. It's kind of neat. Also, every game we sing Rocky Top, so if you aren't from TN then you need to learn the song. Everyone pretty much wears orange/white all the time around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I would say you get the best education here for what you are paying; however, everything else falls short. If they weren't the only school that had my fantastic program, then I probably wouldn't go here.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things to do for fun. The gym is open late and they have the pool during hot days. There are always games going on and you can even go watch the intramural games. Parties are constant whether they are random small parties or greek life parties. There are plays and movies, as well as the bowling center. There is stuff around town and just random stuff UT likes to have. There is never nothing to do unless you are picky or lazy and don't want to go out.

    Food and Dining

    Campus has a lot of good places to eat and they are open at very reasonable times. The cafeteria like places offer so-so food that you would find in middle school but there are a couple of places that you can get restaurant type food. There are of course a couple of subways, quiznos, starbucks, pizza huts, and chick-fil-a's around as well as convenience stores. However, there aren't a lot of healthy options, and since you are so close to downtown, it is better to walk downtown and get food there. The food on campus is crazy expensive. An example is in the convenience store, you can buy a normal box of cereal and it costs $6.00 where at the store (or the walgreens you can walk to from campus) it would be $3.50.

    Dorm Life

    There are only a couple of dorms that are really nice, but they are for upperclassman and they fill up ridiculously quick. They just raised their prices this year (2013-2014), so it is now even more expensive to live on campus (about $700 a month). While living on campus is a lot easier and allows you to walk to classes, living off campus is cheaper and has more amenities. Also, commuter parking passes cost less than non-commuter ones, and you can always take the campus busses from your parking area to your classes.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes here are a lot harder than most places. Also, the grading scale is based on minues and pluses rather than just straight A's and B's, making it harder to achieve a high GPA. A lot of the classes are based on point scales where you get a certain number of points for each activity, homework assignment, or test and then you add all of the points up and divide by max possible points and that's your grade. Can't slack here!

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip would be to live off campus since it is considerably cheaper. Also, learn where everything is on campus before you start classes, since there is a lot of ground to cover at UT. Ultimately enjoy yourself and have fun!

    In three sentences

    This college has some of the best programs here. They also have a long list of activities, clubs, and fraternities/sororities. Campus is also right in the heart of Knoxville, so there is a lot to do on a Friday night.

  • 06/14/2013

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    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early for merit scholarship opptions

    In three sentences

    UTK has everything that any student would expect for a school to have and more. Easy to get around.

  • 06/20/2013

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    Campus Safety

    There are 6 to 7 police officers on duty at all times and many ways to get help immediately if needed!

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything! They offer so many opportunities to get involved.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of yummy food options and wonderful meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice and the people are supportive so you get with the best roommate suited for you.

    Academic Rigor

    UT has many majors available and plenty of classes to choose from so every student has the opportunity to get in to a class.

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED! Many people are scared to not fit in however instead we should stand out!

    In three sentences

    UT has many majors offered along with many clubs to get involved in! They have great VOL spirit and have great support systems: vols help vols. Their classes are a decent size and there are many students to meet and become good friends with!

  • 07/07/2013

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    What to do for fun

    Get involved in the millions of activities that the campus has to offer. No one who attends this school should be stuck having nothing to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good here, but i would suggest going to the strip to eat. I love the food out there.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is exciting because there is always something going on around the campus. You should never be bored here.

    Academic Rigor

    One of the best academic schools in the country and the best by far in state. This school takes their academics very seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep you'r grades up because it is really competitive here. You have to stay focused because there are a lot of distractions, but that's the same for any college. It is nice here and it never gets boring because there is always something going on.

    In three sentences

    I'm a vol for life!! This school is unlike any other one in the country. I love it and I can't imagine going to anywhere else. The campus and the diversity is great and the experience here is unmatched by anyone.

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i dk

    Greek Life

    i dk

    Clubs and Activities

    i dk

    Great for these types of students

    i dk

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i dk

    Bang for the buck

    I am currently 26 and want to pursue Vet school so bad, but I am finding it hard to find money to go to school. Please help!

    What to do for fun

    The city is an amazing place to live in and there is tons of stuff to do here. Gay street is an amazing street and market street, streets filled with all typs of stores and little neat things to do.

    Food and Dining

    Never ate on campus so I could not tell you.

    Dorm Life

    I have never stayed in a dorm so I could not tell you.

    Academic Rigor

    If any school can push you beyond your comfort level and also be very competitive, The Univrsity of Tennesse is definatly the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you go to orientation and all your finacial aid is done way before hand.

    In three sentences

    I think the University of Tennessee is a well rounded, great school for students to attend. The University is one of 28 Vet school in America, and has an amazing Vet program. Any student would want to go here; however, tuition and finding money to go to school is a hard possibility for someone like me.

  • 07/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    University of Tennessee is a public institution that was founded in 1794. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 21,214, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 560 acres. USNEWS Report ranks University of Tennessee no. 101 best university in the nation. The school is located in Knoxville, one of the stateâ??s largest cities, and is the flagship campus for the state school. Close to 40 percent of students join a fraternity or sorority. The UT sports teams are known as the Vols and the Lady Vols, short for Volunteers. The teams compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference, and football season is a particularly big draw at the school.

  • 07/23/2013

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities that the Division of student life provides. For example, VOL Night Long RAVE, Spash Jam, Movies in the Prk, Comedy Shows, Concerts, Hiking, Intermural sports clubs, football and basketball games( GO VOLS!). Work-out facality, International festival, I love UT week, plays, Musicals, Magic shows.

    Food and Dining

    It is an understatement if you say UT students are starving. UT food and dining is probably one of the best in the nation. UT has so many dining options where students can go grab a bite to eat. Also almost ever residance dorm has a mini grocery store to satisfy late night cravings.

    Dorm Life

    Th dormlife at UT is AMAZING. The Divison of Student Life makes sure students never becomes bored or homesick at UT. They have so many programs that one can not resisit but to go. They dorms are student friendly, spacious, and very modern.

    Academic Rigor

    The University provides many free tutoring services for students who are struggling in the classroom. The campus is huge with almost 50,000 students, and I think that is a big advantage because where ever you go, live, study. You will always see someone who take the same course as you. Moreover the library is open 24hours 7days a week with a Starbucks which is a big A+ expecially when you have an exam.

    Tips for prospective students

    I will recommend prospective student to take advantage of all of the resources that the University of Tennessee has to offer.

    In three sentences

    I love UT. The atmosphere is incredible, and I will highly recommended any hig school student to consider the University of Tennessee. The University is located in the heart of Knoxville, TN and it is 30 mintues away from the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains.

  • 07/29/2013

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    What to do for fun

    There are many different student clubs, campus ministries, intramural, and other activities available to students on campus.

    Food and Dining

    You can't get better college food than at the University of Tennessee!

    Dorm Life

    Some freshman dorms are better than others, but the upperclassman dorms are the best.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are great, but challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is much harder than high school, but it is the best four years of your life!

  • 08/06/2013

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    Clubs and Activities

    UNITE, Circle-K

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Big Orange Country- GO VOLS Rocky Top

    What to do for fun

    TRECS, The Strip, Tailgating, Football games,

    Tips for prospective students

    Search for scholarships early on. Try to make your decision as quickly as possible.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is a great opportunity to grow not only academically but socially and spiritually. There are many outreach programs that cater to the LGBT communities as well as many others. I would definitely recommend UTK, GO VOLS!

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The blue lights are everywhere on campus. You can always see one no matter where you are. So if you get nervous at night time or afraid, go hit the blue light or call and the T or campus police will come and pick you up and take you where you need to go.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Volnation is literally like nothing you've ever experienced. Best fans in the US.

    Bang for the buck

    It's getting more expensive every year. Wish there were more scholarships available.

    What to do for fun

    Super close to downtown and Market Square. Walk over and shop at some of the little shops around there, get you some awesome dinner at one of the amazing restaurants, and go to a movie at the Riviera.

    Food and Dining

    Check out Einstein's, it's amazing!

    Academic Rigor

    Gen Ed classes are not too bad as long as you get a good professor/teacher.

    Tips for prospective students

    Wear comfy shoes because you're going to be doing a great deal of walking. Also, use the library every chance you get; there's lots of little places you can go to get away from people to study.

    In three sentences

    I've had great professors at UT but I've also had a lot of TAs, and I hate that I'm paying so much for tuition and not getting actual professors. There's a lot of construction going on which makes it more difficult to get around campus. Also, they raised tuition 6% again this year, which means they've raised it 26% since I started at UT in 2010.

  • 08/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Blue Lights - everywhere. There are also services for night students that you can call campus security and tell them when you are leaving class and they will meet you and walk you to your car or dorm. This is all on top of the police presence that is on campus all the time anyway, so you feel super safe.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in Greek Life here at UT. However; I have made some friends who say it was the best thing that they have done and that they have met some wonderful people being a part of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you have any questions just check out the campus activities page... or should I say pages! There is literally a club for everything, and if by chance you can't find it there is a sign up for you to make your own and how you can go about it.

    Great for these types of students

    There is not a single type of student that I have not seen and even more importantly, there is not a single type that hasn't had a group of friends around them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Simply - The Rock and Volunteer Football.

    Bang for the buck

    Try clubs, activities, events that you have always wanted to. UT has various opportunities for their students and makes them little to usually no cost with your VolCard. (Yep, I told you those things are like a celebrities BlackCard, haha)

    What to do for fun

    Being here in the summer it has been kind of mundane, so I loveee to walk around campus and check out all the buildings. Many of the fall sports teams are already practicing so it's fun to go watch. My favorite thing has been The McClung Museum - that we have on campus!!! How cool is that? They have different exhibits come in and out from time to time and admission is free! Now i'm sure come fall my new favorite activity will be to join in on the football madness that is about to happen, and I could not be more excited for it. :) This campus has so many things to do, that every individual can easily make their own fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are a ton of places on, off, and close to campus that students can easily get to. Many academic buildings have a little shop inside for those days that you don't have much time between classes and you need to grab a quick bite to eat. The Cumberland strip has a lot of yummy food choices as well if you aren't feeling campus food, and the best thing is your VolCard is pretty much like a celebrities BlackCard - they take it anywhere.

    Academic Rigor

    I have had some core classes as well as some GenEds requirements to fill, but either way no teacher looks at them any differently. We are a prideful University, so if your trying to skate through some of your lower level required courses, maybe Big Orange isn't for you because every class is treated just as important as another. Which for me is refreshing, because it shows that UT wants their students to be well rounded individuals, it doesn't want us just to get by. But once again, if you feel like your in a bind ASK FOR HELP! I'm telling you, it's the best thing you can do around here because everyone WANTS to honestly help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not ever be scared to take your teachers up on their office hours, study sessions, or even simply to pull them aside after class. All of my professors so far have been more than willing to help in any way that they can and will go above and beyond their call of duty to help any number of their students. I know it's hard to think about moving someplace new, or starting a new school, but here fellow students, teachers, and administrators really strive to make you feel comfortable. We are all one Big Orange family here, so don't be afraid to ask for help. In no time, you'll be helping out the next wave of Volunteers. :)

    In three sentences

    From the eyes of a new transfer student who has only taken a full summer semester, this University is a 10/10! The teachers whom I have had the pleasure of working with are top notch, and really know what they are teaching and honestly want their student to succeed as well. The campus is stunning, (even with all of the construction) the people are extremely friendly - from the workers at the bookstore to the administration - everyone is very kind, and even though I have moved 9 hours from my home in Pennsylvania - UT quickly because comfortable to me and I have no problem calling this place my new home. :) Go Vols!

  • 08/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is the only thing that is bad about UT. The campus is not the safest place to be alone at night. While they have their own police force and hundreds of emergency phones on campus, UT has some places that are dark and hidden, which is usually where you have to go through to get to your destination. People know this, so they use it to there advantage. You will find where these places are when you explore campus. If you are a girl, don't travel alone at night. Campus is also right next to The Fort, which is a haven for college drug activity. Sometimes there are shootings and robberies are common. Never walk alone at night through here without a way to defend yourself. To UT's credit though, their police force patrols constantly. So you probably won't have anything to worry about. Just stay on main streets as much as possible.

    Greek Life

    HUGE. About half of the population on campus. The sororities are very easy to spot out being as they all wear the same clothes. Nike shorts with long shirts that have their Greek letters on them. In the winter time, yoga pants, boots, and long sweatshirts, again with huge letters on everything. The fraternities are also easy to spot as they usually wear backward hats, sunglasses, sperry's, and button up shirts. Pledges wear suits and ties when they are freshman. The houses of the sororities are very nice and are brand new, million dollar houses. They are beautiful. They even have their own little village neighborhood. The rules are pretty strict there though. The fraternity houses and also nice, but Frat Row is way older than the Sorority Village. They are always having something going on so you'll never be bored. The biggest event all year is boxing night, which usually takes place in a rented out venue with a celebrity musician. It is legendary.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm not really too involved with the clubs, but at UT there is probably one for anything you could think of. Like I said earlier, the activities usually revolve around music and festivals.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that like a challenge. Students that like to party. Students that are interested in Greek life. Students that want to be an alumni of a college with incredible school spirit. Students that are athletically gifted.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -First things first, don't call it UTK, it's UT. Texas can just deal with it. Not our problem. -Never show any kind of support for any sports team other than UT while you are at UT. Trust me, it's a bad idea to be a Florida or Alabama fan while on campus. Game days or not. -There's a University of Tennessee seal implanted on the ground by the entrance to the library. If you step on it, you'll supposedly be in college another year. It's very fun because it's easy to see who is a freshman because they're the only ones who actually still care. -There is a huge rock right outside of the new music building across from the Health Center that students have been using as a personal art canvas for many years. There is usually heartwarming boyfriend/girlfriend things, and around football season it's usually got a noose around the mascot of whatever team we are playing. Have fun with it.

    Bang for the buck

    It all depends on your definition. If you're going for fun, then yes you won't be disappointed as there is always something to do or get into at UT. If you like to party, you're in heaven. The city is pretty small for it's population, but downtown has stuff to do and there is lots of parks and caves to explore. The city is fun for what it is. Football games are tons of fun too. If you're going for academics, then you won't be disappointed either. The classes are pretty hard, but if you study and do well on your tests, that degree from the University of Tennessee will be quite impressive on your resume. Be prepared for lots of work though.

    What to do for fun

    -There are always awesome concerts going on in Knoxville. Usually twice a month, my friends and I will go to various clubs or venues in Knoxville and see different musicians. Lots of electronic shows and rap. There always are people from UT at these. -Most of the frats and sororities, if they aren't throwing a party, go to clubs on the strip. Mostly Rumors, but there are a couple other clubs available. -Probably about 90% of student activities that aren't school related involve alcohol. It's everywhere and everyone does it. It's relatively safe unless you drink too much at a frat party or stumble into The Fort drunk. Bad idea. If you're a girl you should always have at least two friends that can take care of you or get you home safe. There are lots and lots of scumbags involved with Greek life and Knoxville in general. Be careful. Mace would be a good thing to have. -Marijuana is also pretty prevalent at UT. More than most colleges I would say. But if you do it, it's pretty easy to get away with it. Just don't be dumb. -There are also some harder drugs at UT but you have to go looking for them to find them. Mostly just LSD, MDMA, pills, cocaine. The use is very limited and usually you won't see too many people doing it. Not something you'll have to worry about accidentally finding.

    Food and Dining

    Knoxville has the most restaurants per capita than any other city in the USA. Literally any kind of food you want can be found somewhere in Knoxville. Some just do it better than others. You really just have to try things to know for yourself. One of the local students/drunks/stoners favorite places is Cook Out, a burger joint that has any kind of food or milkshake that you could think of. Most of the enormous portions can be bought for $5. There is also Taco Bell, Wendy's, Krystal, Moe's, and Penn Station all on the strip. And even nicer places like Mellow Mushroom and Jason's Deli and the legendary Copper Cellar (my favorite). If you like food, then live in Clement Hall. It's right on the strip. There is also of course numerous places on campus that take your meal plan and/or dining dollars. They are not too bad actually, but you will get sick of them. Nonetheless, tons and tons and tons of food.

    Dorm Life

    I put dorm life as three stars, but it really isn't that bad. My reason for doing so was because of how unpredictable it is to know how your roommate will be. If you have a good roommate, your dorm experience will be fine. The dorms have tons of shops and cool places to hang out and meet people (my personal favorite place is behind Hess Hall). If your roommate sucks, your dorm experience will also. So if that happens, try to have lots of friends' places you can go to.

    Academic Rigor

    UT has some pretty challenging classes. However, there are tons of places to go to find tutors. Just ask your professor. Most of them are pretty friendly. Some suck. The classes at UT come down to YOU having to do everything for yourself. People can only just show you what to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, study. If you don't, you will not do well at UT. Plain and simple. Greek life has a tendency to really be involved in some people's lives. Sometimes that is not always for the best. You'll see what I mean.

    In three sentences

    Your experience will depend on your attitude (and patience) towards life on campus. It's academically challenging, but not impossible. Degrees are respected that are from UT. Don't get too involved with Greek life, if you know what I mean.

  • 08/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always some form of activity going on from caving and hiking to movie night and group trips to Target.

    Food and Dining

    Their are multiple chooses of cuisine to choose from like hamburgers at Presidential Court or Italian food from the Morill Hall.

    Dorm Life

    Their are multiple dorms to choose from as incoming freshmen.

    Academic Rigor

    The level of work or difficulty depends upon the course and professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    The University of Tennessee is a dry campus so alcohol is not allowed. Their are more car than there is parking so be aware if you bring a car you will be fighting for a spot. Get involved there is always something to do.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is a great school. The student body are friendly and are always willing to help out a fellow Volunteer. Football game days and parking can get a little hectic, but other than that this is a great school!

  • 09/10/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Where are some places to eat? I was wondering, can my parent get a teacher discount? If so, what does the discount apply to?

    Dorm Life

    Which dorms would be the best to live in for a freshman?

    Academic Rigor

    How hard are the classes?

  • 09/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    Knoxville may not be high end school like Yale but it sure does have great academics. I know I made a 25 on my ACT and I'm still going for a 31 so I can obtain scholarships.

    In three sentences

    I have not been on campus but I have been to Knoxville and have seen the school. I love the scenery of Knoxville and the passion of the people when it comes to football.

  • 10/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's pretty safe on campus Make sure to be someone if it's night, because sometimes there are muggings. I'm not too sure off campus because you tend to see some shady guys here and there.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to join. You just have to look for yourself. The T-RECS is a gym where there's also a lot of sports clubs. You can go there anytime, I think.

    Food and Dining

    There are a heck of a lot of options on and off campus. The meal plan can be a bit tricky if you don't know what you're doing. You can use dining dollars pretty much any restaurant on campus, but they only accept meals at certain times of the day. I'd recommend going online to see where the campus accepts meals. If you choose ask a place to accept a meal when it's not their time to accept them, they'll just tell you to go to the Presidential Courtyard, which accepts meal pretty much all day. It may be a bit difficult to eat healthy here. The salad bars close pretty early and it's hard to resist the temptation of fast food everywhere.

    Dorm Life

    It's definitely interesting. For your first year, you are required to live in a dorm if you're not a commuter. My roommate withdrew, so I don't know what it's like to live with one. Try to meet with all of your dorm mates on your floor at mandatory floor meetings. Even if you're shy, you should know at least some of the people. Try to be more tolerant of messes if you're not already. Community bathrooms can get a bit disgusting sometimes, and it may not be clean until the next week. I don't know much about the apartment-style bathrooms, but the community bathrooms are cleaned every week and the housekeepers check to make sure toilet paper is refilled every day.

    Academic Rigor

    I've only been here for a semester and I've taking classes mainly consisting of freshmen. It's been pretty easy so far. However, some professors can be nitpicky with their tests, so you should thoroughly read your textbooks and take good notes. There's a lot of tutoring if you have a failing grade or even if you have a B and you want to make it into an A. How hard your classes are depends on your learning style and the professor you have.

    Tips for prospective students

    The people at the financial aid office may seem a bit grumpy but don't let that deter you from coming here. Definitely look into summer classes to fulfill general education requirements, in case you change your major and have to add others.

    In three sentences

    An awesome college overall, I'd definitely recommend it. There's definitely a heck of a lot of school spirit if you're looking for that. It's been really fun here so far.

  • 11/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is never an issue here as long as you are on campus. The only place that has a bad reputation is the fort, and rightfully so. The fort can be a very dangerous place and no one should ever walk alone at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life here is definitely lacking, and it does not help that it is a dry campus. The feeling that most Greek Life has towards the university is that they hate Greek Life. However, there are rumors that changes are about to occur but until they do everyone is skeptical, myself included.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an abundance of clubs and activities to do around campus, including intramural sports and academic clubs. There is also a pool that is available during warm weather that is fun to hang out out.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love sports and especially sports traditions should strongly consider going here because of how loyal our fan base is to the football team as well as all of the other programs. Also, students interested in engineering should consider here as well because Tennessee offers a very strong engineering program.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One unusual tradition is that students avoid walking over the seal in front of the library because it is rumored that if you do you will not graduate on time. Also, our football program has tons of history and tradition, and anyone would be lucky to be a part of it.

    Bang for the buck

    In state students are offered countless scholarships that are easy to obtain that makes going to here cheap and affordable. However, if you are an out of state student looking to go to this university and you state is not in the Academic Common Market, paying for this university can be difficult and it does not help that UT does not offer much help to out of state students (no matter their love of the place).

    What to do for fun

    When you live in Knoxville there is never a shortage of things to do. You can always go watch sporting events, and I will always recommend going to as many football games as you can, home or away. Also, if you like the night life scene there are almost always parties going on, or you can even roam the strip and pick clubs to go dance in or hookah bars to enjoy some flavored tobacco if you are into it. Downtown offers a theater that gives students discount prices, and there are always free showings of movies at the University Center on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls here are the best. Other colleges that I have visited, or even stayed at with friends, offer dining service that is much better than this one. The halls close at 8 pm on weekdays, 2 pm on Saturday, and do not open at all on Sunday. Even though a decent diversity of food is available, the selections could be a lot better (and even better cooked at times). Growing up my dad always told me about how awesome college food was... I guess I missed out on that experience.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are nice, especially Morrill because it is the honors and it is where I stayed last year. It is nice to have a maid clean up your bathroom on a weekly basis also. I would recommend coming out of your shell when you live in the dorms and get to know people on your hall because you will never know who you will meet at college.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics here are as challenging as you would expect college level classes to be. It is important to talk to your teachers, especially in the huge lecture classes that have 100+ students in them (sometimes 200+) because it is easy to get confused at times. Also it is very, very important to go to class all the time because it is hard to stay on track if you are constantly missing classes.The accounting majors and the engineering majors are two of the best available in this part of the United States.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips that I would give to incoming freshman would be to learn how to manage your time wisely and know how to study, but also know how to have a good time because this is supposed to be the best four years of your life. I would highly recommend going to as many sporting events as you can because the fan base here is amazing, and personally it was one of the reasons that I came here. I would also tell them to be open minded and accepting of others because you will meet so many different people on this campus that you will have your own beliefs challenged at times. However, the most important advice that I could give to incoming freshman would be to go talk to your professors if you are having trouble with anything because they are there to help you out, not make you fail. Also, it is easy to feel insignificant at times because you are surrounded by 20,000 people and of that you may know 50 or 60 people, but it is important to stay positive and remember that you are just as important as anyone else on this campus.

    In three sentences

    This is a great college to attend, especially if you want to major in accounting or engineering. The atmosphere is amazing, and football games are the some of the most fun that you will ever; the students on this campus love their Vol's with an unrivaled passion. I would recommend this college to anyone who enjoys their studies as much as they enjoy their sports teams.

  • 11/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's Knoxville. You can always find something fun to do! The first few weeks, there are many assimilating activities, although later these seem to draw away, most likely because students will be/ should be studying for their classes. On the weekends, there are always parties. Just a little drive into the Old City can show you so many other good, clean options of fun. Recently friends and I had fun at a cereal bar and watched a live Swing band at a community house.

    Food and Dining

    The dining experience could be better. I enjoy the campus food for the most part; there are delicious eating places if you go and search for them. At the beginning of my first semester, I truly had no idea how diverse my food experiences could be during my weeks. There is good food; the only setback is the meal plan. The meal plan is not worth your money unless you eat very very much,

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is definitely an experience I feel most people should attempt to participate in. Even if you find that your roommate or hallmates do not mesh well personality-wise, it is a learning experience. You find how to deal with people. The residence halls in the University of Tennessee are great. They have the necessities and even more.

    Academic Rigor

    As a freshman, my class can be difficult at times, but there are so many resources on campus to help you get through those difficulties. You simply need to use them. During Welcome Week, each student is given more than sufficient information on how to succeed and where to find these resources. Most professors are very willing to facilitate your learning. Simply, do what your homework and attend classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend class. Do your homework. Study for each exam. =Pass your classes

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee in Knoxville is fabulous. I'm loving every moment, and so can you if you make it count. You can make this place your home like I have if that's what you truly wish.

  • 12/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UT Police is always around and the T-Link Buses make safety a number one priority.

    Greek Life

    VERY diverse and a great asset to a college experience.

    Great for these types of students

    Fun, outgoing, unique students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's always a great time at Dippers in Hess.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student, it is a pretty penny, but worth every bit!

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things on and around campus to involve yourself in. The Outdoors Program here is very convenient and cheap if you want to kayak or even rent hiking/camping equipment. TRECS has tons of things to do- swim/workout/instructional classes. Also, there are always fun events or sports events/teams on campus to participate in.

    Food and Dining

    Dining Hall food (specifically PCB and Morrill... Southern Kitchen is GREAT) is mediocre, but certainly eat-able. All of the restaurant type places on campus are great and there is a big enough majority that it doesn't get boring.

    Dorm Life

    My specific dorm, Humes, is not the greatest, however, other dorms that I spend a majority of my time in are very fun. They are great at making the dorm feel like a community and decorating it like a home should feel on campus. The management of housing seems to run impressively smooth.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor of the Architecture program is that of some of the finest programs in the country. Classes and courses outside of the College of Architecture and Design are challenging as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy lots and lots of orange before you get here- because there is never too much orange.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee allows me as a student to be involved in anything I want while also encouraging and supporting me in my academics. Because I am involved in a very time conducive major and involved with greek life on campus, I am able to participate in so many different things while also being challenged within every aspect that college could bring.

  • 12/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never go anywhere alone, ESPECIALLY at night. Campus is patrolled very regularly my Campus PD, however Knoxville is a city with crime. Be careful going off campus at night. Look both ways before crossing the road. Be smart.

    Greek Life

    Expensive.

    Clubs and Activities

    Fun and a GREAT way to meet new people. There's over 27,000 students and clubs give you a way to meet many people is small, manageable amounts.

    Great for these types of students

    If you LOVE the color Orange, because if not, you'll get sick of seeing it every day!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Freshman almost get a royal treatment during Welcome Week. The Strip, which is directly beside campus, has anything you could possibly want to eat. There's also bars and clubs for the 18/21 and over crowd.

    Bang for the buck

    There's a big difference between In-State and Out-of-State Tuition prices. I suggest Out-of-State students strongly seek scholarships and aid if they plan to attend so your not hung up with debt if it doesn't work out. UTK is a wonderful school but any student doesn't see the need to pay $$$$$$$$$ for MORE schooling.

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events, intramurals, sports clubs, there's always something going on somewhere on campus.

    Food and Dining

    If you visit UTK, I strongly suggest a trip to The Southern Kitchen. There's many places to eat on and around campus. There's also POD's, which are mini-marts. Food is not scarce in Tennessee.

    Dorm Life

    Very fun and involved. We have movie nights, Bacon Day, ping-pong tournaments, video game tournaments and parties. There's also study groups for various course like chemistry and Spanish. RA's are everywhere and always around.

    Academic Rigor

    Everything from Yoga classes and Intermediate Walking to Honors in every course, Bio-medical and Chemical Engineering. It's advised, for every hour spent in class, 2 to 3 hours are needed studying outside of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be your full and entire self. UTK wants original creativity and personalities. Bring your own flare to the Big Orange Campus.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is a vast and involved campus. It has a wide range of students, professors, faculty and staff that are here to encourage and help you achieve your goals. UTK has great people, classes and events that'll make your blood boil orange.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UTK has an awesome system called the blue light system where there are calling stations throughout campus which allows you to call campus police whenever needed from anywhere on campus just by pressing a button.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many great clubs and activities at UTK. My favorite is Unite which allows students to get T-shirt for every home football game and free food at a tailgate before the game.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The University of Tennessee is known for its many traditions. From the torchbearer to the Volwalk to singing Rocky Top in Neyland, Tennessee offers many traditions that will make you feel like a Volunteer from the day you first step on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Recently UTK has upped their prices but all the improvement on campus is a tribute to this change in tuition. In just a few years the campus will be a top one in the Southeast. UTK offers many free programs that help students such as the student success center, so it is not hard to see that your money is going to something useful and beneficial for you.

    What to do for fun

    There is an endless list of activities to do at UTK. If you want to stay on campus there are many sporting events to attend and football may be the most exciting but something as simple as a soccer game can be a fun night. If you're looking for more of a night life scene, the Strip is located right beside campus and is always filled with college kids taking a break from studying. If you want a day trip take a drive to the Smoky Mountains National Park for beautiful views and refreshing hikes.

    Food and Dining

    The campus dining halls are up and down on their meals but there are many options such as Southern Kitchen and McCalisters that are covered by your meal equivalency that are very tasty and basically free!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at UTK is fantastic. Whether you live in Presidential Court of Hess Hall there is always something going on around the dorms. UTK is also beginning the process of updating all the dorms so look forward to this improvement.

    Academic Rigor

    If you challenge yourself to taker upper level classes the coursework will be difficult but very passable. If you take advantage of your professors office hours you will do well in any course you take.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you come to school here take advantage of the many student reward programs as well as participating in sporting events. Also the best way to stay in good standing is spending time at the library, it will become your second home.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee offers a little bit of everything for the diverse student body. The University will soon be a top-rated campus with he new infrastructure being built. This school has given me nothing but happiness and the teachers and the student body are incredible people.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    GREEK LIFE. If you join a fraternity or sorority, you will never be bored. There is always something going on. Intramural sports are also a great way to get involved, along with the many clubs around campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food gives a lot of options, but none of them are really five star cuisine. I would rate it at 3 stars only because the quality isn't the greatest.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are set up in a quad, and there is always something going on for the freshman students. There was never a day that I didn't have someone to hang out with in Presidential Courtyard.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, UT can be a very difficult school. However, biochemistry is typically a difficult major at most schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not slack off early, it makes it so much more difficult to do well later on in your undergraduate career.

    In three sentences

    UT is a great school with many different things to offer. From academics to athletics, they never fall short. The University of Tennessee is a fantastic place to pursue a bachelor's degree.

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on around campus from radio promotions, club activities, Greek life, etc. The best thing students can do for themselves is to get involved on campus. There are 409 clubs that you can join ranging from sports to academics. There is truly something for everyone. If you are not in a club, take the time to walk around campus and see what's going on that day. You never know what you will find.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options currently on campus and more coming each semester. Some of the dorms have dining on the main level, and if not, there are dining options on campus that are within walking distance of your building.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are small, but the experience is worth it. You will make life-long friends in the building, but not necessarily in your own room. Dorm rooms can make the best of friendships or show you who your real friends are. It teaches you how to live with someone else if you never have before and is an experience that everyone should have.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are reasonable and will assist the students that make the effort to come and ask for help or a better understanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class as much as possible and do not fall into the typical trap of new college students that avoid going to class because the professor doesn't take role. If you are struggling in a class, ask to meet with your professor to see if there are any studying tips they can give you. When the professor sees your face and knows that you are trying, you are more likely to get the help you need. UTK offers so many free tutoring opportunities for everyone that may need it, you just have to find the time to go.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee has a lot of tradition and excitement around campus. There are beautiful, new buildings going up to better serve the student body. Professors are friendly and always willing to help.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    About 30 percent of the UT student body is part of Greek Life on campus. UT offers 13 National Panhellenic Council sororities and 25 International Fraternity Council fraternities. Greek life is a great way to get involved on campus and to get involved socially.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of Tennessee's oldest traditions is painting the rock. This rock is a place on campus where students can spray paint the rock to support our team on game day, to raise awareness, or just wish someone happy birthday. Funny fact: 2 men have proposed to their girlfriends at the rock...both girls said no.

    What to do for fun

    There are several things to do on and off campus during leisure time. The TREC athletic center has exercise equipment, raquetball courts, swimming pools, basketball courts, and more. They also offer free rentals on equipment such as volleyballs, basketballs, bikes, and even other outdoor equipment. There are several places to shop in knoxville and lots of hiking trails in and around Knoxville.

    Food and Dining

    Dining plans at UT are reasonable and beneficial. The main dining halls offer a wide variety of foods in a buffet style room. There are also several chain vendors around campus that offer a wide variety of foods and snacks.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life offers a community of students that are facing the exact same issues as yourself. I have made some of my best friends based on my living situation in the dorm. Most of the dorms are suite style so, chances are, you wont end up with community bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    I have been challenged by several classes that I have taken at UT, but I have never faced a class that I felt completely helpless in. My professors have always been there to offer guidance and extra material when needed. I feel prepared to pursue my major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make several visits to Knoxville before you have to make a commitment. Ask questions; ask a lot of questions. Live on campus if you can; this is not only easier for you to get to class, but it makes you part of a community.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is big enough to get a college experience without getting lost in the crowd. There are so many majors and extracurriculars that students can get involved in. As part of the SEC, school spirit is a huge aspect of student life.

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While there have been a number of robberies occur close to campus, UT has an alert system which alerts students of any robberies, assaults, etc. on or near campus through e-mails and text messages so that students are aware of these occurrences and can take the proper precautions. There is also an emergency blue light system on campus. Blue lights are placed in different areas around campus and these lights mark the locations of emergency phones that can be used to contact UTPD or other authorities should anything occur.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a large number of clubs and activities for students to engage in on campus, especially since UT has a large and diverse student body. Students will probably have no trouble finding something that suits them. However, if UT doesn't have what a particular student is looking for with clubs and activities, they can always create their own club!

    What to do for fun

    There are many student organizations at UT that bring awesome events to campus or very close to campus. The best part? These events are free (or of little cost) to students! Student organizations provide a variety of events for students to attend such as guest speakers, beginning-of-the-semester shopping events, concerts, dance performances, plays, etc. We also have McClung Museum in Circle Park and the Ewing Art Gallery in the Art and Architecture building to check out. Also, donâ??t forget about First Friday! The first Friday of every month calls for some fun things to do in the downtown area next to campus. Art galleries are open for viewings (some even have free food!) and you can see live music performances. Of course, for all the sports fans out there, UT has a wide array of sporting events for you to attend. And another thing students can do to have fun is get involved! There is a wide variety of organizations on campus and you can find one that suits your interests and passions to get involved with so that you can have fun doing what you enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    UT has a fair number of dining options. First, you have the buffet-style dining halls. These dining halls provide a wide variety of foods to choose from and have seen a major improvement in their quest to provide more options for vegetarian students and students with other dietary restrictions. Depending on the day, the dining halls can be a hit-or-miss taste-wise. However, they arenâ??t your only option for food on campus. UT campus has a number of chain restaurant type locations such as Subway, Chik-fil-a, Petroâ??s, etc. Also, you have some dining locations which are unique to campus such as Mabelâ??s (located on the Ag campus), Smokeyâ??s (in the University Center) and the hot dog stand on Pedestrian Walkway.

    Dorm Life

    Although rent can be a bit more expensive on campus, living in the dorms has its advantages. Being in the dorms allows you to be within walking distance of all your classes and also makes it easier to gain social connections since you live close together with like-minded students (hello, new friendships and study groups). Aside from these advantages, UT has residence hall associations which may be a great opportunity for students to get involved while helping to improve and implement different programs and resources found within the dorms. All dorms receive a certain amount of funding each semester which can be used to fund activities and other things in the dorms and residence hall authorities (like your RAs and hall directors) are always open to what things students would like to see in their residence halls whether it be an ice cream social or a greater selection of movies available at the front desk. Another good thing to know is that many of the dorms have resources available for checkout at the front desks such as Frisbees, vacuum cleaners (forget about lugging that huge vacuum from home), movies, cookware, and other things.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say that the academics at UT are fairly good, especially as the school pushes toward its dream of becoming a Top 25 school. From the courses I have taken, I've had the experience of dealing with professors who challenge me academically and can always make suggestions for students to realize their full potential and be the best they can be. Also, many courses not only present interesting things to be learned, but allow students to be challenged academically. Also, if you find a class with a subject you would like to further explore, UT gives students the option to do honors-by-contract courses. This allows students to meet and form greater connections with their professors while coming to agreements on extra coursework for students to undertake so that they can further explore their subjects of interest.

  • 01/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Well apparently you can see a UTPD pole from every spot on campus. While I don't necessarily think that is true, very rarely is there any case of delinquency.

    Greek Life

    I'm in a professional fraternity, so I don't know first hand. From what I hear, Greek life at UT is really neat, if you're into it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are awesome, it's the start of my first semester on the hockey team and I'm close to most of the guys already. Intramural sports are cool, and the school itself always has something planned. Also, trying a fraternity out might not be as bad as it sounds. I'm in a professional fraternity. I don't at all consider myself a fraternity person, but I've met some great guys and I'm actually starting a business up with a couple of them this summer.

    Great for these types of students

    All. Seriously, all. I'm shy with an introverted personality and I found friends on my own (through Facebook, utilize it) and met some new ones once I got a little more involved. Now I'm apart of a fraternity and I play for the hockey team, and everything's going great. It is possible for a shy introvert to make it here, and obviously you extroverts will have no trouble coping with the thousands of people you will see every day.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Power T and Rocky Top are the only ones I'm actually allowed to tell you.

    Bang for the buck

    I love the school overall. The food is expensive, but luckily tuition is cheap so once you're out of the dorms it doesn't really matter. The education is very good, I'm in business and the turn around in that market is incredible since we have a top business school. With everything that there is to do here, and with all 30,000 of your closest friends to do it all with (seriously it's a family here), there is never a boring day on Rocky Top. Go Vols!

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of parties every night. Seriously, plenty of people party literally every single night. There are also plenty of clubs, and the facilities are incredible. I'm pretty big into exercise and working out, and TRECS (the gym) is awesome. Intramural sports are really good here too, and there are a ton of them. You can always find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    I don't like it at all. My friend loves the pizza though, so some people are cool with it. It's expensive, with crappy dining times (like 7-8:30 weekdays/Sunday and 8-2 on Saturday...) and the food is barely ample. I am a bit pickier though.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Hess. It was great until I got a roommate. It's just too small for my liking. North/South Carrick is where I would recommend, I've got friends in both of them and they like it. Hess has a great location if that's all you want though.

    Academic Rigor

    Four stars, but it's a good four. The rigor needs to be high, else the degree won't be worth the money.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early enough to get scholarships, that was my mistake. The school is awesome, it really suits all types; if you're quiet, there's a lot of ways to easily branch out. If you're not, there are a ton of other people exactly like you. I'm personally more on the quiet side but now I'm in a frat and playing hockey here, so there are a lot of opportunities to have fun and it's a great school.

    In three sentences

    Education's great. School's greater. Go Vols.

  • 01/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is actually incredibly safe! I have never been afraid to walk around by myself at night. There are campus police everywhere and all around campus are special poles that have a button you can press to alert the police if something is wrong - which is rare.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is great at UT! Almost all the fraternities and sororities have houses, and they are incredibly involved on campus!

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can think of it, there is probably some type of club for it, but if in the rare case there is not one, students are encouraged to start clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    UT is unique because it is great for any type of student! No matter what you are interested in, there is something here for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    GO VOLS!

    Bang for the buck

    UT is quite expensive, but the atmosphere and diversity make it completely worth it!

    What to do for fun

    Different clubs put on events all the time for all students. Also, each residence hall does mixers that everyone, even those who do not live there, are invited to. There are also quite a few places within walking distance of campus to go eat or dance!

    Food and Dining

    There are so many different choices, and there are food options pretty close to the dorms and other buildings all throughout campus!

    Dorm Life

    I love living in the dorms. It is a great way to meet new people. Each residence hall has their own events so you can meet people from your floor and other floors in the building.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be difficult, but as long as you go to class it is easy to keep up. If you cannot keep up, though, teachers, other faculty and peers are always willing to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get inVOLved! Do not be afraid to meet new people and try new things!

    In three sentences

    The environment is great! There are many different types of people here, but everyone gets along. There is always something to do on campus no matter what you are interested in.

  • 01/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    There are a lot of free activities and services provided on campus and the teachers can give you a lot of help.

    What to do for fun

    There are numerous sports event every week that you can attend for free. There are clubs, UTOP, the Trecs has a lot of fitness classes you can take, and there are bowling lanes, pool tables, and ping pong tables in the bottom of the UC.

    Food and Dining

    PCB has its good days and bad days. Most of the time it is not very good though. However, it is open all day until 8 pm so it allows you to eat if you are hungry. Southern Kitchen has the best food on campus but it is far away and they do not provide you with a large amount of food if you are really hungry.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms provide you everything you need. There are some things they can improve on, as a lot of the stuff is fairly old. The water heater and heater have not been working very well after the Winter Break.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging but the teachers will do what they need to make sure you learn the material as long as you put forth the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. This will allow you to make a lot of new friends as well as allows you to build your resume.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee Knoxville is a great school if you enjoy free sports events, helpful teachers, and great people. As long as you ask them, the teachers will provide you with one-on-one help and do what they can to make sure you comprehend the material. UTK provides a fun environment with a lot of friendly students and allows you to go to every sports game, except football, for free.

  • 02/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There a blue lights all around campus that are connected to the UT police department. All you do is click the button and you are immediately connected. Police frequently drive around and are available to escort any student back to the dorm late at night if they fear their safety. There are still the occasional mugging but they aren't frequent.

    Greek Life

    There are a decent number of sororities and fraternities here. Greek life is prominent but not necessary for a social life. Recently there have been some bad behavior by fraternities resulting in more than a couple being shut down.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many clubs to count that frequently have booths and opportunities to join while walking down pedestrian walkway.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who like a large campus with a large number of people. Great for greek and non-greek interested students as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The rock is a tradition at UT and is frequently painted for sporting events, by clubs, or anyone. Only place where spray painting a piece of campus is fine.

    Bang for the buck

    In state tuition is decent and a decent amount of scholarships are offered. Sadly tuition is still rising every year.

    What to do for fun

    The university is extremely close to downtown so there is never really nothing to do. University offers the UC downunder. Under the university center there is a bowling alley, pool tables, and video games.

    Food and Dining

    Food is expensive and cafeteria food is sometimes gross. Many dining options such as Chick-fil-a, Petro's, Sbarro are available and count towards your meal plan during certain hours. Better cafeterias such as Souther Kitchen are available in nicer dorm non freshman dorms.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms are older but awful. The nicer dorms are reserved for mostly athletes but also honors students. A downside is the dorms with the best dining options are also the farthest away.

    Academic Rigor

    University isn't extremely difficult but some intended tracks are. The nursing program here for example is difficult and hard to get into. General education classes are mostly easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you like big universities because UT is one. There are a fair balance of smaller classes (25-30) and large lectures (200+ people)

    In three sentences

    A fun university that is a little outdated. Badly laid out with a large campus in the middle of downtown. It is challenging but not extremely difficult.

  • 02/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on either on campus or in the local area around campus. Knoxville is definitely a great city to be in. You have Worlld's Fair Park within walking distance of campus. Downtown is only a five minute drive. There are many places to eat and hang out all along the strip. I definitely think that Knoxville is just a great atmosphere.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat on campus. They have a few different places that are a buffet style. They also have the option of going to places like Chick-fil-a and Subway.

    Dorm Life

    I definitely think that living in a dorm on campus is a key part in any college experience. It gives you a small community inside of a large university setting. The dorms may not be massive, and you will have rules and regulations. However, I feel that living in a dorm setting for your first year is a good thing to help you keep your life balanced out.

    Academic Rigor

    As with most colleges, the general education courses are going to be fairly light. This gives you time to make the transition from being a high school student to a college student. However, once you get into your upper-level, major-specific courses, the difficulty level significantly increases. This is a key reason as to why a degree from this university is so valuable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as many scholarships as you can! Extra money will always help. Get involved early on and follow through with whatever you choose to do. Stay on top of your school work, but, at the same time, make sure to enjoy yourself!

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee has a fantastic atmosphere. The education that a student receives at this institution is extremely valuable. I would recommend this school to any and every student.

  • 02/05/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    ....

    In three sentences

    I plan to attend UT in aug. 2014 I have been to the campus on a site visit and I am so looking forward to my future here. Now I am hoping to find some scholarship monies.

  • 02/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Notification system for contacting students when problems arise. Blue phones around campus for security, secure rides when feel unsafe. Good programs

    Greek Life

    Unknown

    Clubs and Activities

    Intramurals, all types of clubs - hiking to golf, to baseball and almost all sports. Many, many other clubs

    Great for these types of students

    All types . Programs to benefit any type of student

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Rock, Neyland Stadium, T-Rex

    Bang for the buck

    About average for state schools.

    What to do for fun

    Intramural s, clubs, student activities center, T-Rex

    Food and Dining

    Easy access and fair number of choices.

    Dorm Life

    Good rooms but old.

    Academic Rigor

    Engineering is dificult

    Tips for prospective students

    Ge tinvolved with campus life

    In three sentences

    Good school with lots of extracurricular activities. Good support programs.

  • 02/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Recently the area around campus has gotten a bad reputation for safety, but I promise that there are never any problems ON campus. I've never had any problems walking around campus during the day or even in the middle of the night. Never walk alone though.... And not because of the buddy system but because why in the world would you want to walk around this amazing campus by yourself?!

    Greek Life

    I may not have rushed or pledged these past two semesters, but Greek life here on campus is very important. They take pride in their sororities and fraternities. I've heard many good things as well as bad things about a few of them. If you really want to rush, you just have to sort through the ones you like and dislike.

    Great for these types of students

    UT is great for any student, from any walk of life no matter who you are. End of story.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tennessee is full of tradition... I mean, come on... It's in our name. Exploring campus was one of my favorite things to do when I first came here because you really learn where things are. I would have to say one of my favorite places to eat lunch last year was Southern Kitchen right in front of Vol Hall. I must say, they have some amazing food, plus they accept meal equivalency there and that is HUGE!

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to several universities in East Tennessee, UT has a bad reputation for being a little pricey for those who aren't eligible for much financial aid. My advice to anyone that is struggling with rounding up scholarship money for college, get out there and apply, apply, apply, because that's the only way you are going to get what you want. As far as the bang for the buck, you get out of it what you put in. As I have said before, UT is full of potential opportunities and you're going to get your money's worth... You just have to figure out what is right for you.

    What to do for fun

    Going to class all day can become redundant, but that's okay here at UT! There's not a day that goes by here on campus that there isn't some event going on. One of the greatest spectacles here at UT is going to watch a football game in Neyland Stadium to cheer on the Big Orange! If you're not into football well that's fine too; there's plenty of other sports to go watch. Being a big Division I college, there is never a dead period here on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The University of Tennessee has several amazing campus dining areas. With cafeterias in Morrill Hall, the University Center, and right in Presidential Court you can never have too many options. The UC also offers various fast food restaurants ranging from Chik-Fil-A to Sbarro to even a Subway. And on top of that, if you ever get bored you can always hike on down to the strip and choose from its wide variety of options!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is absolutely amazing here. I recommend anyone applying to apply for on campus housing. It is an experience that you will never forget, plus you get the opportunity to meet so many new and different people. The Presidential Court allows most who live in the dorms to become a pretty tight knit community.

    Academic Rigor

    The class difficulty here will range depending on your major and your professors, but of course UT expects big things out of special students like those here. Before you choose any class always check websites like Ratemyprofessor.com or ask around with former students. Regardless of who you get, all of the professors here are excellent at their jobs. There are no lies to tell when I say that you better come to UT prepared to learn!

    Tips for prospective students

    The saying may become redundant, but if you want to really make the most of you're experience here you need to get inVOLved. Join UNITE, play intramural sports, became an RA or orientation leader, but the last thing you need to be doing is sitting around in your dorm or apartment. Don't be frightened to come out of your shell. Get out there and become a Vol For Life!

    In three sentences

    Believe me when I tell you, THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE. Whether you want to be the next aerospace engineer or a microbiologist, the University of Tennessee is going to take you places. This University is filled with endless opportunities in whatever interests you and all you have to do is reach out and go for it!

  • 02/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Tennessee keeps you updated on everything in order to keep you safe! There is a buss service offered at night that will take you anywhere for free so you do not have to walk alone!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything and everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    - Vol Walk - Checkerboard - Power T - Unite

    What to do for fun

    - party - boxing weekend - volapoolza - sporting events - football Saturdays (tailgating) - international house events - dorm events ( pie your RA, yoga on the roof, potlucks ) - free movie showings at the University Center

    Food and Dining

    Meal plans at the University of Tennessee are a waste of money! It would be cheaper and more convenient to you as a student if you had money set aside just for food rather than buying a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is really not that bad! I am currently living in the dorms for my second year and love it! Living in a dorm gives you the ability to always be meeting new people, and gives you a sense of community. At the University of Tennessee Hess Hall is the best dorm and has the nicest Resident Assistants!

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Tennessee is a research institute. The teaching, learning, and assessment that promotes student growth is excellent! Use rate my professor to get the best teacher in order to get the best knowledge. Being a research institute means to me that there is less discipline and that it falls more on the students shoulders to teach themselves. After graduating from the University of Tennessee I believe I will have full ability to analyze, synthesize, and critically evaluate content in an form and for any topic.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for prospective students would be: - go to class - do not buy a meal plan - clean up after yourself - have a plan - be organized - try to get along with your roommate - take advantage of all the free stuff offered to you - go to sporting events

    In three sentences

    First, the University of Tennessee is a beautiful campus going through lots of construction in order to make it even better! Second, the University of Tennessee is a hard school, but will do anything it takes to help you reach your goals! Third, the University of Tennessee has awesome football games!

  • 03/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Gamma Sigma Sigma Rocks!

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should keep in mind that the university is not as big as it looks.

    In three sentences

    The university of Tennessee is extremely over rated. It is an overpriced mess. They suck your money away from you.

  • 03/26/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a UT police department with about 50 officers. There safety buzzer alarm things everywhere that look like giant sonic screwdrivers sticking out the ground. There is a text message emergency alert system. Campus is really open and a part of Knoxville, so as with any city, there is the occasional mugging. Don't walk alone at night.

    Greek Life

    It's fairly active. There's a whole little community off campus made up of really big, expensive looking sorrority and fraternity houses built in just the last few years.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every club you could possibly imagine, and then some. There's a really long list, which includes the Bass Club. I'm not sure if that refers to the musical term, or the fish...

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone, especially artsy or STEM students. Have an independent streak and be able to take care of yourself because it's such a large student body.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Volunteer Spirit is a strange phenomenon. It is egrarious and infectious. It hates the gators and all things university of florida. It consumes all of East Tennessee, the way that Tennessee Orange will soon consume your closet.

    Bang for the buck

    It's on the higher side for out of state students, but for me, UT is definitely the best option. It's not cheap, but not as expensive as a private school while presenting so many academic and career opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    1982 World Fair Park, Market Square and Krutch Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, West Town Mall, Holy Land Market on Sutherland Ave., McClung Museum (my favorite place on campus; I've attended free lectures for the public from really intersting people like photojournalist Chris Rainier and egyptologist Salima Ikram), the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, country stars in concert on campus, the Dogwood Arts Festival in the Spring, tailgate parties during football season, SEC games, clubbing on the Strip... Cute little towns like Downtown Dandridge are in close driving distance. Visit the TVA dams if you want to go to the lake. Go fishing. Drive to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg if you want to do something touristy. Go to Dollywood or Ripley's Aquarium, or go skiing ir ride the sky lift or the really big ferris wheel in Pigeon Forge. And Atlanta, Nashville, and Chattanooga are all a few hours away.

    Food and Dining

    Most dorms have cafeterias, but everybody normally eats at Presidential Court, where there are all kinds of restaurants and cafeteria foods. The Strip (Cumberland Avenue) has a ton of places to eat that accept Vols Bucks from your meal plan. There's a Starbucks there, and also one one inside Hodges Library, so you can mainline overpriced caffeine anytime. The only drawback about having so many options is if you don't stick to cafeteria food, you can run out of money on your meal plan very quickly.

    Dorm Life

    Meh. They're mostly unexceptional college dorms. Merrill, a suite-style dorm close to Presidential Court, is home to the Living and Learning Communities, of which there are several. I personally think Hess, even though it's the oldest and has hall-style bathrooms, is the most convenient because it's smack-dab in the middle of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Your experience will be what you make it. Take advantage of on campus research, paid internships at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ever heard of the Manhattan project?), honors tracks in just about every major. You can even design your own major. Arguably the best forensic anthropology program anywhere, thanks to Dr. Bass, arguably the best forensic anthropologist ever, and his body farm here. The geology department's faculty rocks, and includes many NASA planetary scientists. Those are just examples of things I'm interested in.

    Tips for prospective students

    NETWORK. Making connections before you get here will give you a significant advantage over other students and help you feel more comfortable about coming to UT. Contact faculty in the deparment your interested in studying in. Introduce yourself, and make up some questions to ask if you have to to show your interest. Just get your foot in the door. I interviewed a professor I'll be working with in the future about his career as both a professor and a prominent NASA researcher. He gave me career advice and evenhelped me choose first-year classes. If you're local, try taking a non-credit class on campus. Even if you don't you to UT, do this with any school you're interested in.

    In three sentences

    Contrary to popular belief, MUCH more than sports. Huge student body, but the community is friendly and homey. Anything you want to do with your life, any study, any career, any hobby, you can do it here-- successfully.

  • 03/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At UT safety is very important. There are always UT police officers patrolling campus. Also at every corner on campus there is what we call blue lights, so if anything shall happen you run to the nearest blue light press a button and an officer is immediately dispatched. In addition to this UT officers are always willing to give you a ride on walk you back to your dorm if you fell uncomfortable walking alone. Car break down in the garage? No problem! Call UTPD and they will send someone to help you with your car and get you home safely. In addition to this UT has Text alerts so when they're are robberies or bad weather you get it sent straight to your phone and they let you know what areas to avoid..

    Clubs and Activities

    If you never participated in clubs in high school get ready fro all that to change. There is a club at UT for every subject or hobby you can imagine and if you come here and don't find one that fits your fancy no problem, you can create it and join with others who propose to the same interest. Activities? We aren't called the Volunteers for nothing. UT always has activities going on where you can serve others or help out in the local communities.

    Great for these types of students

    Tennessee is a great place for students who want to meet new people. It's a great place for students who want to get away from home but are scared about being alone. Once you get to Tennessee you find people whom you will cal friends Forever.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tradition is one of the most important things here at Tennessee. From Vol Walks during football season to Lighting the Torch. Once you become a student at Tennessee you are apart of the Tradition. You will learn not to step on the University Seal located on Pedestrian Walkway because if you do you do there is a little superstition saying that you won't graduate on time. You'll learn that the Torch never burns out and Smokey always howls. Here at Tennessee tradition is all we know.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Tennessee is an expensive University to attend I have to say that it's worth your money. With the amount of free events,goodies and food that the University presents to you on a daily basis you shouldn't have to pay for much. It's a common saying that if you pay for food your first two weeks at Tennessee you're doing it wrong because free stuff is thrown at you. Also you get a great education and become apart of a great support system while attending the University.

    What to do for fun

    Bored on the weekend with nothing to do? No problem there is always something to do when you attend the University of Tennessee. Join a group led by the school and go hiking, stargazing, and white water rafting. If you want to grab a group of friends and go alone, no problem! Surrounding areas offer discounted rates to student groups four outdoor activities. Want to meet a celebrity? There is always a performance going on in Tennessee. Whether it's in Thompson Bowling Arena or the BIjou Theatre, there are performances that range from Country to R&B to punk rock.Want to catch a ride? Grab a few friends and head down to Sevierville and try out DollyWood Amusement Park. If you are like most college students and have empty pockets you can attend sport events which are free to students.Don't like sports make your way to Vol Night Long which is put on once a month and is a party with free food and goodies for students.Go see a movie screened for free in the University Center. At Tennessee you are limitless with what you can do for fun. Just come on down and we'll show you how the Volunteers do it.

    Food and Dining

    Campus dining will never be as good as home cooked meals from mom but Tennessee comes pretty close. Tennessee has several cafeteria style dining located on campus. Each dining facility offers options for vegans and food consumers who have allergies. In addition to these facilities Tennessee has several restaurants located on campus where your meal plan can be used including a Subway, Panda Express, McAllisters, Chic Fil A, Pizza Hut and much more. If none of these ;places seem to interest you. The campus is located right next to UT's strip and walking distance from downtown. So if you're looking for a girls night out. Get dressed up and head downtown to Lattitude's or Cafe 54. Want to go watch some football? head to the strip and grab a seat at Tin Roof or Copper Cellar which gives you the best meal for your buck. Trust me you will never go hungry at UT.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life allows you to meet new people and should be apart of every college students experience. Tennessee offers a wide arrange of dorms from apartment style, to community style and suite style. In addition to this Tennessee is currently renovating most of it's dorms and also building new facilities for incoming freshman. The dorms hold parties, luncheons, and barbecues to get the student body moving around and to allow individuals to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    Tennessee's academic programs can be tough, but they greatly prepare you for either the work force or graduate schools. With great professors that provide you with opportunities for internships, jobs, or just more experience. It you want an academic program that will challenge your knowledge and get you thinking outside the box Tennessee is the place to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students who are debating to attend the University of Tennessee should definitely make Tennessee their decision. The opportunities offered here are limitless. The networking is great and you get to do tons of things you never thought you might participate in. Upon arrival to Tennessee students should definitey take advantage of all the programs it has to offer

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is a awesome school where you can further your knowledge and meet tons of diverse people while having an amazing time, There's welcoming people, awesome professors, and football. What more could you ask for?

  • 03/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food is average. It does get repetitive. However, there are many places to eat nearby. Great Food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is easy, however it is quite nasty at times.

    Academic Rigor

    Nothing, nowhere is easy so be prepared to work your butt off. There is always going to seem like you are always busy or have no free time, because you actually don't. However, if you give your full effort, then you should be fine

    Tips for prospective students

    Encourage others to be versatile. DO NOT limit yourself to the immediate people around you, there is lots to learn from others that are much different than you. Be prepared to actually GROW up! There is no more relying on teachers to guide you through the course, then is your money spent, this is your grade you have to earn it.

    In three sentences

    Diversity is the key attribute of describing this school. Tennessee, no matter what the circumstances may be, push for excellence. Honor and education is everything.

  • 04/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun at UT you can head to the strip on the weekends, there is always something going on! You can also throw a party, go to a party, join a fraternity or sorority (always doing something there) or you can just invite some friends over to your dorm and play video games if you're into that, watch movies, go to a sports game, they seem to be year round...needles to say, there is always something you can do! You just need to find it!

    Food and Dining

    The food here is not bad at all! I recommend Southern Kitchen! They serve great food and use meal equivalency! Also, PCB is like a buffet! You walk in and swipe our card and you have a huge variety of foods you can get. Anywhere from pizza to spaghetti, salads to dessert, hamburgers, cheesy hash-browns etc.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm isn't absolutely amazing, but you will make friends that way and also might get the chance to learn new cultures. However, it is pretty expensive to live in a dorm. Freshmen are recommended to live in dorms but as soon as i got the opportunity, I would find some friends and move to an apartment! It will be so much cheaper on you!

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are willing to help you if you ask! We also have SI sessions which are led by students that advanced (or did very well) in any given class. These are helpful when you are seeking help on homework issues. We also have many tutors on campus that want you to understand what you are learning in classes and will help you out sooooo much!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be intimidated by the size of the university! Yes it is huge, but after a week here you will know the campus pretty well. Also, make sure you do scholarships!!! This is a pretty expensive University and every bit of money helps tremendously! When it comes to buying your books for class, do not go to the UT bookstore!! Go somewhere off campus, or buy them online! It is so much cheaper and believe me, you want to save as much money as possible! If you're coming here completely alone (meaning you don't know anyone else coming to UT) don't worry, you and your roommate will get along just fine and you WILL make friends in all your classes. This is a wonderful University and it will start to feel like home to you very quickly!

    In three sentences

    This University is extremely diverse in ethnicity, beliefs, and backgrounds! Each and every student goes by the saying Vols help Vols, this meaning, when we see a fellow student in need in any way, we help! The staff at UT is here to help, we have One Stop that will help you with pretty much any problem you have, and they are all very nice and understanding!

  • 04/07/2014

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    In three sentences

    I am really looking forward to going to this school, the campus is beautiful, there is a lot to do in Knoxville, and make sure you eat at Cookout and Rita's!!!

  • 04/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only 45 minutes away (depending what area of the park you go to). Also market square downtown offers live music every night and a wide variety of restaurants and festivals in the warm months. There is also a great music scene with the Tennessee theatre, the Bijou theatre, and NV nightclub for the more underground crowd.

    Food and Dining

    UTK partners with Aramark. Although dining on campus can be a little more expensive than off campus, it is very convenient between classes and there are several options available in the University Center and throughout campus. I would recommend a meal plan for anyone.

    Dorm Life

    There are several different dorm buildings, but I had a good experience. The resident advisers are very nice and helpful to new students getting settled in. Also, the dorms are really close to the workout and pool facilities. There are also many activities through the year in the dorms such as pizza parties or study groups.

    Academic Rigor

    Students here certainly have to put in several late nights and a lot of sweat in order to earn their degrees. UT is one of the top research institutions in the country, and the professors really know how to develop our critical thinking and show us that we can accomplish more in one semester than we ever thought possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in presidential courtyard or in the new dorm being built now (today is April 10, 2014, I'm not sure when it will be ready.) Come into school as undecided unless you're really sure what you want to study. I didn't declare a major until Junior year, and I'm still graduating on time. Get involved with extracurricular activities early. You will make great connections and a lot of new friends.

    In three sentences

    Of the schools in Tennessee, there are no others I would rather attend. UTK has a very diverse student body along with programs for anyone. The staff is also very helpful, and Knoxville is a great city to live in.

  • 04/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a multitude of precautions being taken for campus safety on the UTK campus. From the campus and city policeman patrolling at all hours of the day and night. Also there are the booths set up around the entire campus encase there is an emergency all you have to do is press the button and an alarm is set off notifying not only the policemen but also anyone in your surroundings. There are the buses that take students anywhere on campus if out late at night, all you have to do is call.

    Greek Life

    There is a great deal of Greek support at UTK. We love our Greeks and they show a lot of support to their school bringing in tons of good credit to this institution and showing everyone a good time at their philanthropy events.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and activities to join in at UTK. Even if there isn't one of your specific liking you could always create a club and have it certified.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is great for any type of students. I have literally been all around the campus meeting tons of people and there really isn't a type of student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition for me would be painting the Rock. It is simply a giant boulder that anyone could spray paint anything on. Also there is torchnight which basically inducts the freshman class into the institution it is a little weird, but very worth while.

    Bang for the buck

    There is a lot of things to do at this school, and you will never be bored. The tuition basically pays itself off in the many ways you take advantage of opportunities and have fun.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do for fun such as going to sporting events which is a proud tradition for UT students, especially football. Also there are recreational centers with rock climbing and so much more. There is also a ton of fun things to do in Knoxville alone such as the Rocky Mountains are not far, and we are not far from other great tourist attractions like Nashville and Atlanta.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing. There are a lot of different options when it comes to what you would like to eat. There are things from Asian cuisines to Chik - Fil - A. With meal plan food is always either free or tremendously cheap.

    Dorm Life

    All of the dorms are amazing. They are always coming together to have fun and simply do activities. There are also chances to just have fun inside the dorm without outsiders. There is always something going on like a movie night, or a game night.

    Academic Rigor

    This institution is very strict when it comes to grades and earning them. You must stay at a certain level in order to stay in this institution and there are no second chances when you don't take advantage of the helpful academic opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    A couple tips for prospective students are to be ready to not have grades handed to you, if there is a grade you want you have to work hard for it. Also, you should be ready to go out and put yourself out there because there are hundreds of opportunities and they aren't even being taken advantage of which leaves them open for future students.

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee is an amazing institution. There is no other place that I would rather attend. With a great learning environment, great atmosphere, and in a great city it all combines to an amazing school.

  • 04/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The T is a bus service that runs throughout the day and on weekends. It makes sure student get places safely, and the blue light beacons give you direct access to help in case of an emergency.

    Greek Life

    Greeks life makes up about twenty percent of undergraduate students. It certainly has a presence on campus, but if you choose to not go greek it's not a big deal. There are lots of other things to do.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs and activities for everyone. Everything from underwater basket-weaving to long boarding club.

    Great for these types of students

    Nerds. Jocks. Balanced students, especially. Artists, and musicians.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Rock is something anyone can decorate, and always has great message for game days.

    Bang for the buck

    The bang for the buck at this school is incredible. The educational experience is constantly becoming more revered in the state, and around the country. The tuition spent here will not break your bank, and secure a job after college. It's the win-win situation all collge students desire.

    What to do for fun

    For fun there are intramurals, greek life, and sporting events. Not to mention a club or organization for almost any interest or hobby.

    Food and Dining

    The food is average. It's typical cafeteria food that you can eat on a daily basis, but is definitely not gourmet.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are noting special, but that doesn't make them bad. Residence Assistants live on each floor, and they always know about things going on around campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I am an engineering student, and UT's programs have lived up to their reputation as fully testing one's abilities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind, and keep going no matter how difficult things become.

    In three sentences

    A complete University with something for everyone. Anyone can find a balance between academics, athletics, and extra-curricular activities. I'd recommend this University to someone who is set one one specific area of study and to someone who hasn't the slightest idea what career path they'd like to pursue.

  • 04/24/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Great food around campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms seem nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Hopefully it is manageable.

    In three sentences

    I honestly love the location of this campus. They also have a physicians assistant program .

  • 05/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are SO many things going on in Knoxville. The university does a great job of creating opportunities to wind down. Not to mention the amazingness that is market square!

    Food and Dining

    I really enjoyed the cafeteria compared to other schools. Just don't eat there at lunch as well as dinner every day, you'll get sick of it faster.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small, but they can easily feel like home. It creates a real sense of unity among the freshmen.

    Academic Rigor

    All majors are difficult once you reach your junior year. That being said, your academic success prior to those years depends on your work ethics and also greatly on the professor you choose for your genEds.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships it is always worth it. When you are choosing your classes base it off of professor ratings on ratemyprofessor (so worth it) it will determine your success here. And the first exam is always the hardest, learning the proper way to study is a process.

    In three sentences

    UTK is the epitome of the college experience. There are enough people in the college town of Knoxville to discover yourselves and open yourself up to new possibilities. Though is can feel daunting at times, there is an abundance of opportunities.

  • 05/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Greek life, but also the school is really good about providing stuff like Vol-Night-Long and Volapalooza. And being downtown we are really close to Market Square and a whole bunch of other night life.

    Food and Dining

    Pres Court is pretty average but Rocky Top in the UC is pretty good. And Smokey's is the bomb.com but it's only open till 4 pm. Southern Kitchen is very hit or miss but when it's good, its GOOD. Also they are putting in two new dining options on the strip next fall, and I can already tell you I'm gonna be hitting up that Panda Express everyday.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Clement my freshman year, it's being remodeled so it won't be open until fall 2015 but I highly recommend it. However, if you're a freshman I would definitely say living in Pres Court will help you meet people and it's a lot closer to the dining hall. UT is in the process of upgrading the on-campus housing in the next few years and from what they've shown us it's gonna be awesome.

    Tips for prospective students

    UT is a great school, I am so happy to be here. It is pretty big though and if you don't get involved in some sort of activity on campus it can sometimes be easy to get lost in the crowd. We have a thriving Greek life on campus but that is definitely not your only option for social interaction. There's constantly stuff happening on campus and it's really easy to get involved! The only other thing I can tell you is DO NOT SKIP CLASS. Trust me, it can make the difference between earning an A or a C in a class.

  • 05/14/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    I have only heard good things about UT and a lot of people say they love it.

    In three sentences

    This school seems very fun and is definitely my first choice. I feel like I will learn a lot and meet a bunch of new people there. I also love the location of the school and it looks really pretty.

  • 06/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UTPD=GREAT

    Greek Life

    EXCELLENT! I am a Greek member as well as a member of Junior PanHellenic, so many opportunities to lead!

    Clubs and Activities

    so much variety!

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, intelligent students who want to learn about the world around them and be a part of the community!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Field of Greens is hidden in the UC on the second floor. Join UNITE, its the traditions and school spirit club and you can earn medals for graduation by completing traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    IT IS SO WORTH IT!

    What to do for fun

    Go to sports events, go downtown to market square or World's Fair Park, go hiking, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria (PCB and the UC) are good and cheap so try to eat there more often then blow through your dining dollars.

    Dorm Life

    LOVE the dorms! That's where you will meet your best friends! No lie.

    Academic Rigor

    As a past freshman, the classes were somewhat challenging, however it was mostly gen-eds you wanted to get out of the way before major-specific classes so it will get harder over the years.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs! That is the best way to get involved on campus and begin to meet many of your best friends! Go to school events such as football games because that is where you get the experiences you will cherish!

    In three sentences

    The University of Tennessee has been an absolute blessing for me! It is definitely different from high school but the college atmosphere such as the school spirit, proud traditions and challenging athletics make you want to be a student at UT for many years! It is the best decision I have ever made!

  • 07/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. The campus police are extremely friendly and are more than willing to answer any questions you have. We have Blue Light Phones all around campus and just pressing a button on any of those lights will bring assistance. It is said that you can see a light from any point on campus. The University will send someone to walk with you if you ever feel threatened on campus.

    Greek Life

    I have not participated in Greek life, but I have seen them working all around campus. They work hard in the community and also seem to have a whole lot of fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more clubs and activities than you could ever hope to participate in. There are honor programs, sports clubs, dance groups, art clubs, movie creators, and anything else you could think of. Whatever your interest is, you will be able to find a club for you!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking for a school full of diversity. The University of Tennessee is all about accepting all walks of life and learning to become a working community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You can paint The Rock to show your school spirit, sing Rocky Top at the top of your lungs at sports events, observe diverse events at the International week or boat with the Vol Navy on Saturdays!

    Bang for the buck

    Anyone who has ever attended a Tennessee football game has felt the rumble of a full stadium on football Saturday. With over 100,000 seats, we have one of the largest stadiums in the nation. This, combined with our passion and school spirit, contributes to some of the most exciting weekends of any school around. During the week, there are people always looking to help you succeed in your academic goals. Whether you are looking for exceptional academics or exceptional fun, you will find it at this University.

    What to do for fun

    There is bowling, pool and video games at the University Center. You can attend sports events of all kinds throughout the year and you can participate in your own choice of athletic events at the state of the art T-Rec center. There are even clubs that do mountain biking, swimming and hiking in the Smokey Mountains!

    Food and Dining

    There are so many places to get good food here! We even have southern style home cooked meals in some dining halls. If you just want a quick snack, there are small markets all around campus. You can also get dining dollars to eat at many of the restaurants within walking distance of the campus.

    Dorm Life

    I have not personally stayed in the dorms, but I have a lot of friends who do. From what they have told me, the dorms are good places to live. They are close to classes and they are constantly being improved. New dorms are currently being built and they have even more space and amenities than any of the other living spaces. The University is already great, but they also are constantly improving.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are difficult, but not impossible. They require dedication. If you are wiling to put in the effort to seek out help from the tutoring provided, to talk to your professors and to study hard, you will be able to excel in your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really take time to explore your options and get involved with on-campus groups. The people at this school are interested in helping you accomplish your goals, but you have to put in the effort. Meet people, work hard and make memories!

    In three sentences

    This is a great school for exploring your interests and pursuing your dreams! There is a wide selection of majors with new, innovative research in every department. In addition, there are so many extracurricular activities that provide opportunities to make new connections and pursue your passions.

  • 09/22/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    Brand new sorority village with huge houses.

    Bang for the buck

    Good price for a great school.

    What to do for fun

    Knoxville is full of fun things to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are restaurants all over the campus and the cafeterias are wonderful as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are the perfect size and located all over campus.

    Academic Rigor

    There are lots of classes to choose from and it's easy and encouraged to challenge yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a great ACT score, take challenging classes in high school, be involved in high school extracurriculars, and maintain at least a 3.7 GPA.

    In three sentences

    UT is one of the best schools in the southeastern region of the US. The campus is located in the heart of Knoxville with a wide variety of attractions.

  • 09/26/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Hike. Run. Bike. Swim. There's so much.

    Food and Dining

    Unlimited pass!

    Dorm Life

    Great depending on the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Flexible and rigorous according to your major and scheduling.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved in things outside of school. Look into volunteering and extracurriculars.

    In three sentences

    It looks great. I have friends there that say the atmosphere is amazing with the football season and all the fun activities.

  • 10/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are different choices to eat all over campus. Plus, each dining hall has several different foods to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    You meet many friends there and there are always activities to participate in. It is one of the best ways to get used to college.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors and classes will always differ from each other. The classes are generally challenging, but you can do very well in all of them if you work at it. They will not be a walk in the park, you will have to work.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is difficult for most freshman to adjust to college life. The good thing is that it does get easier. The biggest tip you should learn is how to organize your time well. It may seem silly but it will really help you in the long run.

    In three sentences

    It is a great college for anyone who is serious about learning. There are people here (professors, TAs, tutors, etc.) that honestly want to help you do well. There are also many activities and clubs/organizations that everyone can enjoy.