University of Tennessee

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The University of Tennessee (officially The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; or UT Knoxville; UTK; or UT) is a public land-grant research university in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. Founded in 1794, two years before Tennessee became the 16th state, it is the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee system, with ten undergraduate colleges and eleven graduate colleges. It hosts more than 30,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".[10]

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University of Tennessee
Former names
Blount College (1794–1807)
East Tennessee College (1807–1840)
East Tennessee University (1840–1879)
MottoVeritatem cognoscetis, et veritas vos liberabit. (Latin)
Motto in English
You will know the truth and the truth shall set you free.
TypePublic land-grant research university
EstablishedSeptember 10, 1794; 228 years ago (1794-09-10)
Parent institution
University of Tennessee system
Academic affiliations
Endowment$1.34 billion (2020)[1]
ChancellorDonde Plowman[2]
ProvostJohn Zomchick[3]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students31,701 (Fall 2021)[5]
Undergraduates25,067 (Fall 2021)[5]
Postgraduates6,634 (Fall 2021)[5]
Location, ,
United States

35°57′6″N 83°55′48″W
CampusUrban, 600 acres (240 ha)[4]
Total, 2,128 acres (861 ha)[6][7][8]
NewspaperThe Daily Beacon
ColorsUT Orange & White[9]
Nickname Volunteers & Lady Volunteers
Sporting affiliations
MascotSmokey X

UT's ties to nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, established under UT President Andrew Holt and continued under the UT–Battelle partnership, allow for considerable research opportunities for faculty and students. Also affiliated with the university are the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, the University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility, and the University of Tennessee Arboretum, which occupies 250 acres (100 ha) of nearby Oak Ridge and features hundreds of species of plants indigenous to the region. The university is a direct partner of the University of Tennessee Medical Center, which is one of two Level I trauma centers in East Tennessee.

The University of Tennessee is the only university in the nation to have three presidential papers editing projects. The university holds collections of the papers of all three U.S. presidents from Tennessee—Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson. Nine of its alumni have been selected as Rhodes Scholars and one alumnus, James M. Buchanan, received the 1986 Nobel Prize in Economics. UT is one of the oldest public universities in the United States and the oldest secular institution west of the Eastern Continental Divide.