Points of Pride

From nationally recognized academic programs and a robust research enterprise, to athletic excellence and innovative student success initiatives, UT is experiencing incredible momentum all across the university. There has never been a better time to be a Tennessee Volunteer!

Davy Crockett and Smokey with fans at a football game
Fall 2023


More than 36,000 students (undergraduate and graduate)

More than 6,600 first-year students

First-generation college students make up 15% of incoming students

UT reached a record retention rate of 91%

90% of 2022 graduates are employed or in graduate school

Professor Lee D Han teaching students during an engineering lab

Student Success

17:1 student-to-faculty ratio

UT is the only higher education institution to receive the Gallup Award for helping students understand and leverage their strengths

More than 8,000 incoming students are assigned a Vol Success Team that includes: academic advisor, academic coach, one stop counselor, peer mentor, and faculty


93% of first-year students receive financial aid or scholarships

More than 8,000+ scholarships awarded totaling more than $23 million

More than 95% of in-state first-year applicants are offered a pathway to an education at UT

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Students sitting at tables doing coursework


More than 275,000 alumni

59% in Tennessee, 39% outside Tennessee, and 2% from 100+ countries

42 active alumni chapters and 68 area representatives across the country and globe

A group of alumni pose for a photo during a ceremony
A graduate fist-bumps the air


A record 67,000+ donors contributed $264 million to UT

UT is #1 in the SEC for faculty and staff giving

1 in 3 UT seniors choose to give back to their favorite area of campus


Tennessee finished #5 in the Learfield Director’s Cup standings, which measures an athletic department’s success across all programs

Named All-Sport SEC Champ by USA Today for second straight year

UT student-athletes posted a cumulative 3.40 grade-point average in Fall 2023—the highest ever recorded.

Academic Excellence

UT named a top-producing school for Fulbright Scholars for the third year in a row

Academic programs in metallurgy, polymer science, supply chain, print making, and nuclear engineering all rank among the top ten in the nation

UT has produced three Rhodes scholars since 2014

UT is ranked 3rd among Tennessee’s best large employers by Forbes

#15 in US by Times Higher Education impact ranking