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University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee, located in Knoxville, is the original campus of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee system. The 533-acre campus is an urban area 178 miles east of Nashville, Tennessee. Including residence halls, there are 220 buildings, many of which are historic. It was charted in September 1794, as Blount College, by an act of the legislature of the Southwest Territory meeting in Knoxville. The college occupied a single building in what is now downtown Knoxville, at its inception. It had few students and conferred only one degree for the next 13 years. In the 1800s, the college received a grant of public lands from the state, which resulted in the renaming of the college and the appointment of a new board of trustees. It was known as East Tennessee College in 1807, and then as East Tennessee University, in 1840. In 1869, it became a land-grant institution. The name was again changed to the University of Tennessee in 1879, the title under which it still operates. The university admitted women regularly for the first time, in 1893. At the turn of the 20th century, the state saw the emergence of the modern university with professional schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, social work, and architecture. In 1952, the academy opened its doors to the first African-Americans, by order of a federal district court. Today, the University of Tennessee has more than 300 graduate and undergraduate degree programs. Current enrollment includes more than 19,500 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students with 8,160 staff members. The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university consists of 10 undergraduate schools and 14 graduate schools. Among these are Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Communication and Information, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, Education, and Health and Human Sciences. UTK has an extensive library system and a noteworthy museum of natural history. It also maintains agricultural experiment stations throughout the state. Here, students also enjoy provocative speakers, a technology-rich infrastructure, great local music and recreation, nationally competitive athletic teams, and abundant opportunities for community service. Active fraternities, sororities, and more than 300 clubs and organizations also are on campus. In addition to the Knoxville campus, the University of Tennessee has specialized campuses throughout the state, including UT Health Science Center in Memphis, UT Chattanooga, UT Martin, UT Space Institute in Tullahoma, UT Institute of Agriculture, and UT Institute for Public Service.