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2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About the University




Ex-Officio Members From Congressional Districts District Service Begins Term Ends
Governor, State of Tennessee William Y. Carroll First 2005 May 31, 2011
Commissioner of Education Douglas A. Home Second 2007 May 31, 2013
Commissioner of Agriculture James E. Hall Third 2006 May 31, 2012
President, The University of Tennessee Don C. Stansberry, Jr. Fourth 2002 May 31, 2014
Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission James L. Murphy III Fifth 2003 May 31, 2009

Andrea J. Loughry



May 31, 2011

  Anne Holt Blackburn Seventh 2006 May 31, 2012
  Betty Ann Tanner Eighth 2008 May 31, 2014
  George E. Cates Ninth 2007 May 31, 2013
  Service Begins Term Ends
From Anderson, Bedford, Coffee, Franklin,
Lincoln, Moore, and Warren Counties
Charles Wharton 2006 May 31, 2012
From Davidson County    
Spruell Driver 2005 May 31, 2011
From Hamilton County    
John N. Foy 2008 May 31, 2014
From Knox County    
Charles Anderson, Jr. 2007 May 31, 2013
Robert S. Talbott 2007 May 31, 2013
From Shelby County    
Karl Schledwitz 2005 May 31, 2014
Monice Moore Hagler 2008 May 31, 2014
From Weakley County    
Crawford Gallimore 2008 May 31, 2014
Student Members    
Brittany McGruder 2007 May 31, 2009
Tyler S. Forest 2008 May 31, 2010
Faculty Members    
John Schommer 2007 June 30, 2009

Verbie L. Prevost


June 30, 2010


Officers of the Board

Governor Phil Bredesen, Chair

James L. Murphy, III, Vice Chair
Jan Simek, Interim President
Katie High, Chief of Staff
Sylvia S. Davis, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Operations
Joseph A. DiPietro, Vice President for Agriculture
Hank Dye, Vice President for Public and Government Relations
Linda Hendricks, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Mary Jinks, Vice President of Public Service
David Millhorn, Executive Vice President and Vice President for Research
Catherine S. Mizell, Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary
Henry Nemcik, Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs
Mark Paganelli, Executive Director, Audit and Consulting Services
Charles M. Peccolo, Jr., Vice President and Treasurer
Scott Studham, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Theotis Robinson, Vice President for Equity and Diversity
Gary W. Rogers, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Lofton Stuart, Executive Director, University of Tennessee National Alumni Association and Special Assistant to the President
Hershel P. Wall, Vice President for Health Affairs and Chancellor, Health Science Center
Bonnie Yegidis, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success
Thomas Zacharia, Vice President for Science and Technology
Jimmy G. Cheek, Chancellor
Jeff Maples, Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
Linda Davidson, Vice Chancellor for Development  and Alumni Affairs
Bradley W. Fenwick, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement
Susan D. Martin, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Margie Nichols, Interim Vice Chancellor for Communications
W. Timothy Rogers, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Caula A. Beyl, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
John M. McRae, Dean, College of Architecture and Design
Bruce E. Bursten, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Jan R. Williams, Dean, College of Business Administration
Michael O. Wirth, Dean, College of Communication and Information
Robert Rider, Dean, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
Wayne Davis, Dean, College of Engineering
Douglas A. Blaze, Dean, College of Law
Joan Creasia, Dean, College of Nursing
Karen Sowers, Dean, College of Social Work
James P. Thompson, Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine
Tim Cross, Dean, UT Extension and University Outreach and Continuing Education
Barbara I. Dewey, Dean of University Libraries
Carolyn R. Hodges, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Maxine Thompson Davis, Dean of Students

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship institution offering comprehensive programs of undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, research, and public service throughout Tennessee.

UT Knoxville ranks in the top tier of public research universities and its student quality increases with each entering class. Meanwhile, new scholarships have made the university more accessible to students throughout the state. The  University offers more than 300 degree programs to its 27,500 students, who come from every county in Tennessee, every U.S. state, and more than 100 nations. A faculty of almost 1,400 provides high-quality educational experiences to students while also performing research and providing public service to the state and nation.

UT Knoxville is a major research institution that attracts more than $130 million in research awards annually. Nationally ranked programs include supply chain management/logistics, nuclear engineering, printmaking, accounting, the master of business administration, law, and social work. The library also ranks as one of the nation’s best.

The university is embracing a major new effort to prepare students to compete and succeed in today’s global society. Objectives of “Ready for the World: the International and Intercultural Awareness Initiative” include increasing the number of students who study abroad and internationalizing the curriculum.

UT-Battelle manages nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy. UT teamed with Battelle, a global science and technology company, to win a five-year management contract in 2000. The contract was renewed with the highest possible ratings by DOE. The state of Tennessee supports the UT-Oak Ridge partnership with major investments for facilities and world-class scientists. More than 30 joint appointments solidify the partnership. The university and ORNL share focus areas in neutron science, biological science, computational science, and materials science.

Through outreach and public service, the university extends its resources throughout the state and nation. The university has a major impact on statewide economic development, and its continuing education programs extend educational opportunities to working adults.



Blount College, the University of Tennessee’s forerunner, was established in Knoxville in 1794, two years before Tennessee became a state.

Located near the center of Knoxville’s present business district, Blount College was nonsectarian in character, which was unusual for an institution of higher education in that day. The university has remained nondenominational and is said to be the oldest such institution west of the Appalachian Divide.

From the outset, Blount College was all-male, as were most colleges at the time. The restriction was ended in 1892 when the first women students were admitted. The University of Tennessee thereafter was fully coeducational.

In 1807 the state legislature changed the name to East Tennessee College, and in 1826 the present site at Knoxville, the 40-acre tract known as “The Hill,” was acquired. The college’s name changed again in 1840 to East Tennessee University. The Civil War forced the institution to close, and its buildings were used as a hospital for Confederate troops and later occupied by Union forces.

East Tennessee University reopened after the war, and in 1869 the state legislature selected the university as the state’s federal land-grant institution, under terms of the Morrill Act passed by Congress in 1862. This enabled the university to broaden its offerings by adding agricultural and engineering courses to its curriculum, as well as military science, which the Morrill Act required.

The university has grown almost constantly since then. The medical campus, founded in Nashville and acquired by the university in 1879, moved to Memphis in 1911. The University of Tennessee at Martin, established in 1900 as a private institution, became part of the University of Tennessee in 1927. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga was established in 1969 when the private University of Chattanooga merged with the University of Tennessee. The Space Institute, a graduate research and education center near Tullahoma, opened in 1964.

The Institute of Agriculture, headquartered in Knoxville, traces its beginnings to 1869 when UT became Tennessee’s land-grant institution, and the Institute for Public Service was founded and brought together several government and industrial outreach programs in 1971.

Today, the University of Tennessee has a presence in each of the state’s 95 counties. In addition to the flagship campus at Knoxville, the UT system includes campuses at Chattanooga and Martin, the Health Science Center at Memphis, and the Space Institute at Tullahoma. Statewide institutes of agriculture and public service have installations throughout Tennessee. The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees governs the statewide institution.

The University of Tennessee counts among its faculty and alumni a Nobel laureate, six Rhodes scholars, seven Pulitzer Prize winners, and eleven NASA astronauts. University of Tennessee alumni number more than 300,000.



The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia) for institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees. The Commission on Colleges is charged with carrying out the accreditation process. The address is 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033; phone (404) 679-4501.



Inclement Weather Closing Policy

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will remain open except in the most severe weather conditions.

The chancellor (or appointed representative) may officially close or suspend selected activities of the university because of extreme weather conditions. When a decision to close is reached, campus and local radio and TV stations will be notified and the notice will be posted on the front page

If the university is officially closed, certain essential activities such as dining services, facilities services, police, steam plant, health services, and telephone services will continue to operate. Some facilities such as the Library and University Center will, if possible, continue to function as a service to students and faculty. When the university is officially closed, its policy of “Days of Administrative Closing” will apply for staff exempt and staff nonexempt employees.

In the event of inclement weather when the university remains open, all faculty, administrators, and staff will be expected to make every reasonable effort to maintain their regular work schedules, but are advised to avoid undue risks in traveling. Employees who anticipate arriving late or not arriving at work at all should notify their immediate supervisor. Employees have the option of charging their time off to annual leave or leave without pay; or, with approval, they may make up their lost work hours.

In the event of a delayed opening, the chancellor (or appointed representative) will determine a specific time of opening and that information will be distributed to the campus community through the local media and via the front page of

All faculty and staff are expected to report to their specific work location by the set opening time. Students are expected to report to their regularly scheduled class only if there are 30 or more minutes remaining in the session. For example, if a delayed opening is set for 10 a.m., students who have classes from 9:40 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. should report to that class at 10 a.m. Students who have classes from 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. should not report to class.

In a delayed opening, all classes scheduled prior to the set time of opening and those that have less than 30 minutes remaining after the set opening time are canceled for the day.

Students will be responsible for any academic work they miss due to absences caused by severe weather conditions. It is the individual student’s responsibility to take the initiative to make up any missed class work, and it is the instructors’ responsibility to provide a reasonable opportunity for students to complete assignments or examinations missed due to such absences.

Faculty members have discretion in determining whether an additional session will be added for the class or if additional work is assigned due to the closure or delayed opening.

EEO/AA/Title IX/Section 504 Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.  

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. 

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Policy on a Drug-Free Campus and Workplace

In support of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-690) and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, the University of Tennessee is notifying all students, faculty, and staff of the following university policy approved by the UT Board of Trustees on 21 June 1990.

It is the policy of the University of Tennessee to maintain a safe and healthful environment for its students and employees. Therefore, university policy prohibits the unlawful use, manufacture, possession, distribution, or dispensing of drugs (“controlled substances” as defined in the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S. C. 812) and alcohol on university property or during university activities.

Violation of this policy is grounds for disciplinary action – up to and including immediate discharge for an employee and permanent dismissal for a student. Federal and state laws provide additional penalties for such unlawful activities, including fines and imprisonment (21 U.S. C. 841 et seq.; T.C.A. 39-17-401 et. seq.) Local ordinances also provide various penalties for drug and alcohol-related offenses. The university is bound to take all appropriate actions against violators, which may include referral for legal prosecution or requiring the individual to participate satisfactorily in an approved drug use/alcohol abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.

Aside from any university policy considerations, the use of illicit drugs and/or the abuse of alcohol may be harmful to your health. Some of the health risks associated with such use/abuse are

Alcohol Abuse Health Risks

  • Liver damage – cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis.
  • Heart disease – enlarged heart, congestive heart failure.
  • Ulcers and gastritis.
  • Malnutrition.
  • Cancer – of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, liver.
  • Brain damage – memory loss, hallucinations, psychosis.
  • Damage to fetus if pregnant mother drinks.
  • Death – 50% of fatal auto accidents involve alcohol; 31% of suicides are alcoholics.

Drug Use Health Risks

  • Overdosing – psychosis, convulsions, coma, death.
  • Long-term use – organ damage, mental illness, malnutrition, death.
  • Casual use – heart attack, stroke, brain damage, death.
  • Needles – infections, hepatitis, AIDS, death.
  • If a pregnant mother uses drugs, her baby can be born addicted or dead.

Individuals who are paid by the University of Tennessee from federal grants or contracts must notify the university of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace within five days after such conviction. The university is, in turn, required to inform the granting or contracting agency of such violation within ten days of the university’s receipt of notification.

Employees and their families needing treatment information should call their local Human Resources, Employee Assistance Program, or the State of Tennessee Employee Assistance Program (800-308-4934). Students needing treatment information should contact their campus Student Affairs Office, Student Health Center, or Counseling Center.

Security Information

In accordance with the Tennessee College and University Security Information Act of 1989 and the Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act (1999 Clery Act), the University of Tennessee has prepared a report containing campus security policies and procedures, data on campus crimes and other related information. The UT Security Brochure for the Knoxville campus is available on the Office of the Dean of Students webpage at, where you may print the entire document for your use. In addition, a free printed copy of this report may be obtained by any student, employee, or applicant for admission or employment from the Office of the Dean of Students, 413 Student Services Building or at the UT Police Department, 1101 Cumberland Avenue.



For the most current listing of tuition and fees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, see

University fees and other charges are determined by the Board of Trustees and are subject to change without notice. All student fees are due in advance.

All charges and refunds will be made to the nearest even dollar. All charges are subject to subsequent audit and verification. The University reserves the right to correct any error by appropriate additional charges or refunds.

All students must confirm their attendance by (1) making the minimum payment; (2) signing a Confirmation of Attendance form; or (3) setting their Confirmation of Attendance on the web at if no fees are due.

If the student does not owe fees due to a waiver (staff, GA, GTA, GRA, etc.), financial aid including scholarships, or if fees are paid by another source; a signed Confirmation of Attendance Form must be received by the Bursar’s Office or the student must set his/her confirmation on the web at on or before the due date published on the Bursar’s Office website each semester. The schedule will be canceled if one of the above is not accomplished each term on or before the published due date. This includes graduate assistants, teaching assistants, teaching associates, research assistants, staff and others whose fees may be billed, prepaid, or waived. Late registration fees are applicable to students who register during late registration.

The university is authorized by statute to withhold diplomas, grades, transcripts, and registration privileges from any students until their debts and obligations owed to the university are satisfied.

Part-time students may elect to pay fees computed by semester hour credit (or audit) at the rates shown on the above website, with the total charge not to exceed the regular maintenance fee for in-state students or the maintenance fee plus tuition for out-of-state students.

All students both in- and out-of-state are required to pay the established maintenance fee. In addition, tuition is required of all students who are classified as non-residents for fee assessment purposes.


VOLXpress is the centralized accounting system of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Students may pay their fees via the mail, in person, or on the web at Through VOLXpress, students receive an e-mail at their University of Tennessee e-mail address indicating their e-VOLXpress statement is available for viewing. The statement includes class schedules, current tuition and fees, fee waiver information, fines and past-due amounts, pending financial aid that can be credited toward fees, any excess funds from scholarships and/or loans and how to receive them.

VOLXpress is a convenient method for students to take care of business from home. Students who register and pay early will receive the greatest benefit if the payment deadlines are observed.

Failure to view a statement does not relieve the student of his/her obligation to pay on or before the due date.

University Program and Services Fee

The purpose of the University Programs and Services Fee (UPSF) is to provide non-instructional facilities and programs of an educational, cultural, social, recreational, and service nature for UT Knoxville students. The fee has three components which include program, health, and capital. The health portion of the fee is included only with the payment of the full UPSF (contact Student Health Service for additional information). Payment of the full UPSF is required to be eligible to purchase student athletic tickets.

Students enrolled in 9 or more hours are assessed the full-time University Programs and Services Fee. Students enrolled for fewer than 9 hours are assessed a prorated fee based on the highest number of hours for which the student is enrolled at any time during the semester. The fee is non-refundable.

Graduate teaching, research assistants, teaching associates, and fellowship students must pay the University Programs and Services Fee, even if they have a waiver of fees (tuition and/or maintenance).

Any part-time student (minimum of 3 hours) may elect to pay the health portion of the UPSF in addition to the standard prorated assessment. Part-time students enrolled in 6 or more hours may elect to pay the full-time UPSF instead of the standard prorated assessment.

Technology Fee

The purpose of the Technology Fee is to provide all students with improved access to the technological infrastructure, resources, and services at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Graduate teaching, research assistants, teaching associates, and fellowship students, who may have a waiver of fees (tuition and/or maintenance), must pay the appropriate Technology Fee.

The Technology Fee is mandatory and may be refunded on the same percentage scale as maintenance and tuition charges.

Special Course Fee

Academic areas, such as art, biology, chemistry, engineering, music, and physical education, charge fees for certain courses. Refunds on these fees are determined by the department or on the same percentage as maintenance and tuition.

Facilities Fee

The Facilities Fee is used to provide students with upgraded classroom facilities, expand information technology into the classroom, and assist in funding a backlog of campus and classroom projects that will enhance the university’s facilities.

Transportation Fee

The Transportation Fee is a mandatory fee assessed to all students enrolled in credit and audit courses. The fee is used to provide students with a convenient method of movement around campus. The fee will subsidize the costs associated with the new comprehensive campus transit system.

Fees for Courses Not Taken for Credit

Fees for courses audited are the same as for courses taken for credit. For fee purposes, courses listed for 0 credit hours are considered as one-hour courses.

Study Abroad Scholarship Fee

A per student, per semester fee to go towards Study Abroad approved through UT Knoxville. Undergraduate students can apply to receive the Center for International Education (CIE) Scholarship through the Programs Abroad Office (PAO) for approved credit bearing study abroad and International Internship programs.

Late Registration Fee

A late registration fee will be assessed to students who register during Late Registration (including those who were canceled during Priority Registration). Payment of fees or a Confirmation of Attendance form must be turned in to the Bursar’s Office by the Late Registration payment due date. This due date is published on the Bursar’s Office website. The Late Registration Fee is non-refundable.

See the Bursar’s Office website for the dates and fees to be assessed during Late Registration.

Late Fee

VolXpress (fee) accounts which have a balance one month prior to the end of a term will be assessed a late fee. The account balance must be paid in order to access registration services, receive a transcript, grades, or a diploma.

Returned Check Service Fee

All checks are deposited the day they are received. A $30 service charge will be assessed when checks fail to clear the bank on which they are drawn. Returned checks will not be redeposited. Cash or certified funds are required for payment of the returned check and service charges.

Any student who does not respond within 2 weeks from the date of the first notice may be assessed an additional $10 Service Charge.

Failure to clear returned checks will result in the forfeiture of all university services, including the receipt of grades, transcripts, schedule of classes, and check writing. Failure to pay may also result in additional late fees, collection costs, and reasonable attorney fees.

Deferred Payment Plan

Students in good financial standing will be offered a deferment of up to 50% of the total charges on their VolXpress statement. All financial aid must be applied toward fees before a deferment will be considered. A deferred payment service fee is assessed when any portion of tuition, fees, and other charges are deferred with the approval of the Bursar’s Office. An additional late payment fee will be assessed on each installment not paid on or before the due date. Failure to receive a statement does not relieve students of their obligation to pay on or before the due date. An additional late fee will be assessed if fees are not paid by one month prior to the end of the term.


Refunds are defined as the portion of maintenance and/or tuition and University housing/meal charges due as a rebate when a student withdraws or drops a portion of class hours. Refunds are also processed as a rebate on some fines/penalties paid such as parking fines, library fines, etc. Once a refund is determined to be appropriate, all amounts will be applied toward other outstanding fees/fines owed to the University at the time the refund is issued, including outstanding fees due on the Deferred Payment Plan. Any remaining refund balance will be refunded to the credit card charged or mailed to the student’s billing address.

Refund/Charge of Fees for Withdrawal


After payment of fees and/or a Confirmation of Attendance Form has been submitted by the student, withdrawal for the semester must be by official notification to the Office of the University Registrar, 209 Student Services Building. Failure to attend class does not automatically withdraw or drop a student from college or class.

The effective date of the withdrawal is the date the withdrawal office is notified by completion of the official withdrawal request form. The appropriate percentage of fees (maintenance and tuition, facility, transportation, and technology fees only) will be charged unless this action is completed by the close of the day before the first official day of classes for the semester. Failure to notify the withdrawal office promptly when withdrawing could result in a larger fee assessment. Withdrawal does not cancel fees and charges already incurred. All charges and refunds will be made to the nearest even dollar.

The drop/add procedure cannot be used to withdraw from school for the semester. See the Bursar’s Office website for the dates and percentage charges for the semester in question.

Financial Aid Withdrawals


Repayments are defined as the portion of aid, received by a student after university direct charges have been paid by that aid, which must be repaid when a student withdraws or is dismissed. The amount of repayment is determined by the Refund/Charge percentages stated previously.

Refunds and repayment to the Title IV programs are determined according to the formula published in the current Federal Student Financial Aid Handbook. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is responsible for calculating the amount of the refund and/or repayment and distributing the correct amount back to the financial aid program(s) according to the Refund/Repayment Allocation Policy.

Refund/Charge of Fees for Dropped Courses


Students who drop courses and continue with a reduced load are eligible for a refund only if the sum of charges computed at the semester-hour rate for the hours continued, plus the percentage assessed for the hours dropped, results in an amount less than that paid. A course on a student’s schedule is officially dropped, and the drop becomes effective, on the date the change of registration form is processed or the date the drop was entered on CPO. Any refund due for dropped courses will be made after the drop deadline. See the Bursar’s Office website for the drop charge/percentage refund for the semester in question.

Waiver of Fees

Graduate assistants, teaching assistants and associates, research assistants, staff, and others whose fees are billed, prepaid, waived, or partially waived must confirm their attendance by making payment, signing a Confirmation of Attendance Form, or setting their confirmation of attendance on the web at by the due date as published on the Bursar’s Office website or their schedule will be canceled. If an appointment terminates during the term, the student owes the appropriate fees from the termination date until the end of the term.

Graduate students are not eligible for University of Tennessee employee spouse/dependent discounts.


The VolCard is issued to a new student after admission at the appropriate university level or anytime during the year to all students. The VolCard is used in nearly all aspects of campus life to obtain services. Many students have established Allstar accounts, meal plans, or Dining Dollar accounts which are accessed through use of the VolCard ID.

These cards are non-transferable and may not be duplicated. The VolCard must be carried at all times for purposes of identification. Students are responsible for the safekeeping of this card and must immediately report it lost or stolen if the card is not in their possession. Failure to notify the VolCard office will make the student liable for any unauthorized charges to the Allstar accounts, meal plans, or Dining Dollar accounts the student may have.

To obtain a new VolCard or replace a lost or stolen card, report to the VolCard Office, Room 472, South Stadium Hall (between gates 12 and 13 at Neyland Stadium) on Phillip Fulmer Way or on the web at There is a minimum charge of $30.00 for replacement of a VolCard.



The University of Tennessee offers a comprehensive program of financial aid to students who would not otherwise be able to afford to attend. Through these federal, state, and university programs, an eligible student may receive one or more types of assistance. For additional information on any financial aid or scholarship program, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships or view information online at

Families applying for financial assistance based upon financial need (grants, scholarships, loans and employment) must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually. Families desiring only a UT scholarship based on academics and/or merit are not required to complete federal financial aid applications.

To receive aid from federal student aid programs, a student must have financial need, with the exception of some of the loan programs. Students must also be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens, have a valid social security number, have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate, be admitted in a degree program, make satisfactory academic progress, sign a statement of educational purpose and a certification statement on overpayment and default, and register with the Selective Service. Students may not receive aid for correspondence, distance education or telecommunications courses unless they are part of an approved associate, bachelor’s or graduate degree program.

When applying for financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed. This information is used in a formula, established by the U.S. Congress, that calculates the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), an amount the student and his/her family are expected to contribute towards the student’s educational costs. Financial need is defined as the difference between the cost of attendance and a family’s EFC.

The University of Tennessee offers three general types of financial aid – scholarships and grants, loans, and part-time employment. These may be awarded individually or in a combination according to the needs of the family and student. Priority in awarding financial aid will be reserved for processed application data received on/before the priority application deadline of March 1. The University of Tennessee is unable to meet full financial need for all applicants; therefore, requests for financial aid are processed on both a date priority and financial need basis.

All students receiving financial aid are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress standards to remain eligible to receive financial aid. Information on these standards is available from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

For additional information on application procedures, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, 115 Student Services Building.

Scholarships and Grants


The University of Tennessee scholarship program is made possible through the generosity of funds provided to the university from individuals, alumni, outside foundations, private businesses, and civic organizations. The majority of the scholarship programs are coordinated by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and are awarded based on demonstrated strong academic achievement and financial need. Individual colleges administer some undergraduate scholarships for currently enrolled students. Departments may require a separate application.

All scholarships are highly competitive and there are not sufficient funds to assist all qualified students. Most scholarships are awarded for one year, with the recipients competing for scholarships each year of enrollment.

Federal Pell Grant

Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. A Federal Pell Grant does not have to be repaid. All undergraduates applying for need-based financial assistance from the university must apply for a Federal Pell Grant using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are for undergraduate students with exceptional need. Priority is given to students who receive a Federal Pell Grant. Students who are full or part-time may apply. Federal SEOG funds are limited, and do not require repayment.

The Tennessee Student Assistance Award

The award is designed to further the educational opportunities to residents of the state who display financial need. Awards cover approximately one-half of the maintenance fees for fall and spring terms. More information may be obtained by writing to the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, 404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1950, Parkway Towers, Nashville, Tennessee 37243, or on-line at

The Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship

The award is for Tennessee residents attending a college or university within the State of Tennessee. Recipients must meet minimum academic and state residency requirements as established by the Tennessee State Legislature. Award amounts vary by category and range from $2,000 to $5,500 per academic year. More information may be obtained by writing to the Student Assistance Corporation, 404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1510, Parkway Towers, Nashville, Tennessee 37243, or on-line at

Student Loans

Federal Perkins Loan

This is a low-interest loan (currently 5 percent) for students with exceptional financial need as determined by the school. For undergraduate students, priority is given to Federal Pell Grant eligible students. The loan will be issued through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, disbursed and repaid to the Student Loan Department in the University of Tennessee Bursar’s Office. Repayment begins following graduation, withdrawal, or when the student ceases to carry at least half-time enrollment.

Eligibility for the Federal Perkins Loan is determined when the student applies for federal aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The above regulations and provisions of the Federal Perkins Loan Program are correct as of this printing and are subject to change by federal legislation or regulation.

The University of Tennessee Student Loan

Student loans from university sources are available to currently enrolled students with a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average. A loan of an annual maximum of one and one-half times the amount of in-state fees paid per term can be extended up to $4,000. One surety or cosigner who meets specific credit requirements is required for each promissory note and a new promissory note must be completed each year a loan is received. The interest rate is 6 percent per year payable on July 1 of each year.

Federal Stafford Loan Program

This is a low-interest loan made by a lender of the student’s choice, such as a bank, credit union, or savings and loan association. These loans are insured by a Guaranty agency in each state and reinsured by the Federal Government.

To receive a Federal Stafford Loan, a student must apply for federal aid with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The student must be in good standing with the university and must be enrolled or admitted in at least a half-time degree program. Federal Stafford loans are available to students on need-based eligibility and non-need based circumstances. Students determined eligible for the subsidized (need-based) Stafford Loan program will have interest subsidies paid by the federal government to the lending institution while the borrower is in school. Unsubsidized (non-need based) Stafford loans are available to students regardless of need. Interest will accrue while the borrower of an unsubsidized Stafford loan is in school. The student has the option to pay this interest on a monthly or quarterly basis or allow it to accrue and capitalize.

Two disbursements of the loan will be made to the borrower; one at the time of enrollment and one in the middle of the loan period. Some first-year undergraduate students who are first time Stafford Loan borrowers will not receive the first loan disbursement until 30 days after the day the program of study begins.

Some first-time borrowers must receive Entrance Interview Loan Counseling at the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships before receiving the first disbursement of loan funds. Charges of up to 3 percent can be deducted from the loan disbursements for federal government and bank loan costs. Repayment will begin no earlier than six months after graduation, withdrawal, or less than half-time enrollment. Certain circumstances may allow a borrower to defer payment or cancel a portion of a loan if requested by the borrower through the lending institution. The above regulations and provisions of the Stafford Loan Program are correct as of this printing and are subject to change by federal legislation or regulation.

PLUS Program

Federal PLUS loans are available to parents of dependent students enrolled at least half time in a degree seeking program. This low-interest loan program is available to students in good standing at the University. A PLUS disbursed on or after July 1, 1993 will have a variable interest rate which is determined each June (check with lending institution for the current interest rate). Charges of up to 3 percent can also be deducted from the loan disbursements for federal government and bank loan costs.

A Federal PLUS may be requested by the parent borrower for up to the student’s cost of education minus any estimated financial aid received. Funds will be disbursed to the school and made co-payable to the parent borrower and the school. PLUS loans are subject to credit checks at the lending institution. Repayment of principal and interest begins 60 days after the final loan disbursement. Certain circumstances may allow the lending institution to defer payment or cancel a portion of a loan if requested by the borrower. The above regulations and provisions of the PLUS program are correct as of this printing and are subject to change by federal legislation or regulation.

Student Employment

Many students are employed part-time in order to supplement financial aid or other sources of support while at the university. Such employment offers valuable aid and develops good working skills. However, the more time spent in employment, the less available for preparing for classes and involvement in campus life, two of the most important factors contributing to academic success. For those who find employment while classes are in session to be necessary, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships administers the Federal Work Study Program. Career Services administers the Student Employment Service.

Federal Work Study

The Federal Work Study Program provides jobs for students who have financial need and who must earn a part of their educational expenses. Eligible students are placed in jobs on campus where they can work a maximum of 20 hours per week. Jobs are available in a wide variety of academic departments and other campus units. The rate of pay is above federal minimum wage.

Student Employment Service

The Student Employment Service operates as a central referral agency for all UT students who are eligible U.S. residents. It coordinates listings of part-time employment from both university and private employers with the requests of students seeking employment. Part-time jobs average from 15 to 20 hours per week.



The Black Cultural Center Minority Student Affairs

The Black Cultural Center and Minority Student Affairs are an integral part of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Minority Student Affairs provides academic, cultural and social outlets through programs and services as an on-going part of the university’s retention efforts. The Tutorial, Book Loan and Early Alert Programs, along with the library, computer lab, student lounge, and multi-purpose area, serve as an extension to services provided across campus. The center houses several student organizations that plan activities ranging from success skills workshops, Black History Month events, Hispanic Heritage Month events, Welcome Week activities and festivals to renown speakers such as Maya Angelou, Dr. Kweisi Mfume, Cornel West, John Singleton, and Alice Walker.

The Black Cultural Center opened in June 2002 and is located at 1800 Melrose Avenue. It is a testament to the university’s commitment to the entire student population and is a unique, landmark structure. The center continues to receive local, regional and national attention that most recently earned the university the honor of hosting the 13th Annual Conference for the Association for Black Culture Centers. The university community is encouraged to visit the facility and take advantage of the opportunities. The Black Cultural Center is truly a place for all students.

Career Services

The mission of Career Services is to create opportunities for students, faculty, and employers who seek services from us.

Career Services, located in 100 Dunford Hall, is a university-wide department providing career-related assistance to University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students through a wide range of programs and services including:

  • Individual career counseling, career interest inventories, information on majors and careers, and a one-credit career decision-making course; these services are particularly helpful for students who are choosing majors and developing career paths

  • Part-time employment service for students seeking jobs either on-campus or off-campus with a range of employers

  • Access to college consultants, career specialists who meet one-on-one with students to help them refine their job search campaigns for internships and full-time positions and assist them in making a successful transition from college to career

  • Hire-A-VOL, an online resume database system, that allows students to submit resumes for hundreds of on-campus interviews, view internship and job postings and participate in a web resume book

  • Workshops providing instruction on resume preparation, successful interviewing skills, business etiquette, and other topics

  • Several annual career fairs including Part-time Job Fair, Fall Job Fair, Summer Job and Internship Fair, Education Job Fair, and Spring Job Fair, which allow students to meet with representatives from hundreds of different organizations to learn about entry-level jobs, internships, and part-time positions.

Students can contact Career Services at 974-5435 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Center for International Education

The Center for International Education (CIE), located at 1620 Melrose Avenue, promotes and supports all aspects of international education and international exchanges at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, both for American students and faculty and for students and faculty from other countries. CIE coordinates the administration of official linkage agreements between the University of Tennessee and institutions of higher education in other countries.

Programs Abroad

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville strongly encourages students to undertake a semester, summer, or academic year of study outside of the United States. Significant time spent abroad increases students’ ability to appreciate other cultures, helps them better understand their own country and its place in the world, and can bolster their resumes. In addition, students gain confidence as they successfully face the unique challenges of living abroad.

The Programs Abroad Office (PAO) can help students find opportunities that meet their needs. Study programs are available in many countries, vary in length from 10 days to a full academic year, and sometimes cost only a little more than it would cost to remain on campus. Financial Aid can be used and credits can often transfer back to fulfill university requirements. Advanced planning helps assure that study abroad does not delay graduation. Throughout the academic year, information sessions are held every weekday at 2:00 p.m. at the PAO.

International Scholarships

The CIE coordinates campus administration of four scholarships to support study abroad and international research - the CIE Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship, the W. K. McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs, the David L. Boren Scholarship, and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

International Students and Scholars

CIE provides information and assistance in matters relating to United States visa issues and U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulations. It produces The Link, an online newsletter for UT Knoxville’s international students and scholars. International student advisors are available to discuss academic and personal concerns. Student orientation programs conducted at the beginning of each semester facilitate adjustment to the campus and community and provide essential information related to U.S. laws for international students. For visiting J-1 and H-1B scholars there are extensive advising, assistance and weekly orientation sessions.

The International House

The I-House, 1623 Melrose Avenue, is CIE’s on-campus social, recreational and programming center and serves as a meeting place for international and U.S. students, faculty and staff. Culture Nights, formal discussions on global topics, language tables and cooking classes are regular features on the I-House calendar.


General inquiries to CIE are; (865) 974-3177; website The I-House web address is and the phone is (865) 974-4453.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center provides services designed to help students with educational, vocational, personal, and social problems. Professional counselors work with students in a setting that allows for confidential discussion of concerns. Services include crisis intervention, group therapy, individual therapy, couples counseling, academic classes, consultation with faculty/staff/students, and various workshops and presentations.

To access services, students may come to the center during walk-in hours Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If schedules will not accommodate these times, students can call the center to schedule an appointment. Anyone experiencing a crisis during the week is seen immediately between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. After these hours, students are encouraged to go to the University of Tennessee Medical Center emergency room.

The center is located at 900 Volunteer Boulevard and can be reached at (865) 974-2196.

Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is the designated office on campus that obtains and files permanent and temporary disability-related documents, certifies students’ eligibility for services, determines reasonable accommodations, and develops plans for the provision of such accommodations.

Students who are requesting accommodations are required to submit documentation to verify eligibility as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, complete an intake form located on the ODS website, and participate in a meeting with a coordinator. The documentation must include medical or psychological information from a certified professional, and must verify that the individual is “substantially limited” in one or more “major life activities.” Documentation guidelines for a variety of disabling conditions are available on the ODS website or can be requested from the office. Eligibility for services is determined on a case-by-case basis by professional staff members within ODS, and must be established before students can receive disability services. In addition, students must be aware that disability accommodations are not retroactive; therefore, students are strongly encouraged to register with ODS upon gaining admittance to the university.

The Office of Disability Services is located in 2227 Dunford Hall, Knoxville, TN 37996-4020 and can be reached via phone (865) 974-6087 V/T and e-mail

Educational Advancement Program

The Educational Advancement Program (student support service) is a U.S. Department of Education funded TRIO program designed to provide counseling, academic advising, instructional, tutorial, and mentoring services to students with demonstrated academic needs who are also first generation college students, low income, or who have physical disabilities. The project serves 250 students and provides the following services to those who meet program eligibility criteria after application and interview.


Trained professionals offer advice and help students develop personal strategies in matters related to financial aid, learning styles, relations with family and friends, adjustment to college, personal and career decision making.

Academic Advising

EAP Counselors provide accurate, thorough and personal one-on-one advice about general curriculum and major requirements for majors in every college in the university. Academic review advising is an additional service provided by the counselors.


The program employs 35 experienced and knowledgeable undergraduate and graduate students who are trained to provide one-on-one tutoring in a wide range of 100-, 200-, and 300-level subjects. Students receive 2 to 3 hours of individualized assistance per week. Group tutoring is also available.

Strategies for Academic Success

The program provides a series of workshops and seminars that focus on the art and science of becoming a master student. Workshop topics include: the master student philosophy, threats to success in college, learning and thinking, memory enhancement, brain functioning, note-taking techniques, study skills, habits and attitudes, learning styles, test-taking techniques and relaxation methods.


A series of structured cultural and social events is scheduled for selected EAP students centered around the need to develop networking skills. Citizens of the Knoxville metropolitan community are invited to share with students.


EAP offers special sections of selected classes with limited class size (25), increased number of class meetings, and empathetic faculty.

MATH 123  – Finite Mathematics
MATH 125  – Basic Calculus
CHEM 120 , CHEM 130  – General Chemistry I and II


EAP purchases tickets to the university’s cultural attractions, and theatre events each semester, and joins EAP students to attend and broaden their cultural horizons.

Pell Grant Supplement

EAP first and second year participants with high financial aid need are provided with additional financial aid. The Educational Advancement Program office is located at 201 Aconda Court. (865) 974-7900; fax (865) 974-7903; e-mail

Hearing and Speech Center

The Hearing and Speech Center, located at 1600 Peyton Manning Pass, offers complete diagnostic and treatment services to all university students with speech and language disorders/differences and/or hearing disorders. The center serves as a clinical observation and education facility for students majoring in speech pathology and audiology. It also serves as a community hearing and speech center providing diagnostic and treatment services for persons of all ages exhibiting communication disorders/differences.

For speech-language services: (865) 974-5451; fax (865) 974-4639. For audiology services: (865) 974-5453; fax (865) 974-1792.

Office of Information Technology

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides computing and telecommunications resources and services for students, faculty, and staff. Information about OIT is available on the OIT website OIT provides the core information technology equipment and services for The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. OIT provides public-access computer labs, central computing, administrative information systems, and network services, as well as information security for UT Knoxville.

The student’s UT email account is the official way the university communicates with students. Students are responsible, regardless of forwarding, to make sure their email information is correct. Students on the Knoxville campus may access the Internet through wireless, or direct Ethernet connections. UT Knoxville’s wireless infrastructure is available in the academic and administrative buildings on the Knoxville campus and the residence halls.

To provide access to computing facilities on campus, OIL staffs several computing labs including the Commons located on the second floor of Hodges Library. The computing labs are equipped with Windows XP and Mac OS X computers along with black and white and color laser printers, scanners, and DVD/CD writers. A variety of industry standard software applications are available for use on the machines in the computing laboratories. Refer to for more information.

OIT Help Desk
The Commons, 2nd Floor Hodges Library, (865) 974-9900,

The Help Desk is a centralized source of information and service for the computer and network resources managed by OIT. Help Desk Services are available to all University of Tennessee students. To contact the Help Desk, dial 974-9900. The Help Desk may also be contacted online by filling out the Help Desk request form which can be found at For more information, visit the Help Desk website at

OIT Walk-In HelpDesk Support
The Commons, 2nd Floor Hodges Library, (865) 974-9900,

In addition to the Telephone HelpDesk, OIT also offers face-to-face IT support at the Commons in Hodges Library, including OIT HelpDesk Support and Student Computer Support. The OIT Walk-In HelpDesk is available to answer questions or troubleshoot problems for many OIT resources:

  • Get help with OIT Applications such as Blackboard, CPO, and Tmail
  • Questions about your UT issued password(s)

The OIT Walk-In HelpDesk is open the following hours, excluding University holidays and administrative closings. Please note hours of operation might be different between semesters.

  • Monday - Thursday 9am - 9pm
  • Friday 9am - 4pm
  • Sunday 4pm - 9pm

OIT Student Computer Support

Students may obtain free computer support in the Commons funded by the Student Technology Fee. Students can bring their computer (desktop or notebook) to the Commons and receive assistance:

  • Installing software
  • Reloading an Operating System
  • Removing spyware and viruses
  • Removing unwanted software
  • Installing Ethernet or wireless cards
  • Troubleshoot network problems

The Computer Support Service Center is located in Commons South alongside the walk-in HelpDesk and is open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Technology Training
200 SMC.,

Many courses are offered each semester on a variety of software. These courses are offered to improve student technology skills, to assist them with the technology required within their collegiate classes. Courses include MS Office products, Dreamweaver, JavaScript, using the Internet and Google, Blogging, RSS, UNIX and Web Page Essentials (four levels of HTML training). There is also a series of courses on Adobe Photoshop. There is an Electronic Thesis and Dissertation class using Adobe Acrobat. Please refer to for more information.

Research Computing Support
200 SMC, http//,

Our mission is to help UT researchers use computing and analytic methods. The software we support includes SPSS, SAS, Maple, MATLAB, Lab- VIEW, R, QDA Miner, WordStat, Enterprise Miner and Text Miner. RCS consultants can help you with determining sample sizes, designing surveys and deploying them on web pages, scanning and scoring scan forms, acquiring and managing data, analyzing or mining data or text, visualizing data through interactive or presentation graphics, and interpreting the results. Assistance is available by appointment via the Help Desk at 974-9900, by walk-in at 200 SMC, and by e-mail at For details, see

Innovative Technology Center
109 Hoskins (865) 974-9670,,

The Innovative Technology Center (ITC) supports the university’s academic community by providing free production services for the design and development of web-based course materials, implementing faculty grants for instructional technology projects, and providing support for Online@UT, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s online course management system, via email, phone, or face-to-face.

Online@UT uses Blackboard software to provide access to course materials anytime, anywhere. Students and instructors can share documents, manage grades, participate in online discussions, turn in and receive assignments, and communicate directly through the course site, with the confidence that their work is secure and private.

The ITC strives to provide the support and resources to integrate technology with educational excellence in an ever-changing environment.

Parents Association

The UT Parents Association was founded in 2002 to help parents stay involved with their students and develop their own connection to the university. The mission of the Parents Association is to provide support and information to the parents or guardians of UT students and help them become partners with the university in the education and development of every student. The Parents Association keeps parents/guardians informed about critical campus news, dates to remember, resources to ensure students’ academic success, and a host of exciting events taking place on campus. Members of the Association receive weekly e-mail updates, three newsletters each year, and are also eligible to receive discounts at carefully selected local hotels, as well as to attend Family Weekend. Students whose parents/guardians are members are eligible to apply for Travel, Intern, and Volunteer abroad scholarships, and scholarships in the areas of Academics, Leadership, and Service. For further information or questions concerning the Parents Association, call 974-4546 or e-mail

Student Health Service

Health services provided by the university are available to any student who has paid the health fee (either through paying the full University Programs and Services Fee or, if taking fewer than 9 but at least 3 hours, paying the optional health fee). These out-patient services are available continually throughout every term. The health clinic located at 1818 Andy Holt Avenue is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. While urgentcare needs may be handled on a walk-in basis, appointments should be made in most instances. The Student Health Service will cooperate with students and family physicians in ensuring the continuity of quality health care during the university career.

The State of Tennessee has three immunization requirements for students attending state colleges and universities.

  • Measles, mumps and rubella – all students born after January 1, 1957, must provide proof of immunization with two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.

  • Hepatitis – New incoming students must be vaccinated against Hepatitis B or complete a waiver form acknowledging that they have elected not to be vaccinated.

  • Meningitis – New incoming students, who live in on-campus housing, must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease or complete a waiver form acknowledging that they have elected not to be vaccinated.

This documentation must be provided to the Student Health Service. In addition, Student Health Service recommends that entering college students assure immunity to tetanus/diphtheria, polio, and chicken pox.

Student Judicial Affairs

The Office of Student Judicial Affairs is concerned with the individual rights and responsibilities of students. Staff members serve as advisors to the student judicial system and, when necessary, initiate appropriate disciplinary proceedings.

Students placed on disciplinary probation receive direction, guidance, support, and encouragement. An effort is made to identify and correct problems interfering with academic progress. While on probation, students may be referred to other agencies for help with personal, psychological, and drug/alcohol problems. The office is located at 409 Student Services Building. (865) 974- 3171; e-mail

Office of Student Orientation and Leadership Development

The Office of Student Orientation and Leadership Development familiarizes all entering undergraduate students and their parents/guardians with the university’s services and campus resources and provides students with opportunities to develop the skills necessary for leadership. This is accomplished by developing, enhancing, and promoting quality programs and services to educate students regarding campus involvement, student success, and academic life through peer leadership and experiential learning.

Student Orientation

The Orientation Staff is committed to assisting students with their personal and academic transition to the university. The office is responsible for the summer orientation program, specially designed for new students beginning UT in the fall semester. Orientation programs are also offered for students starting UT throughout the year. The Office of Student Orientation and Leadership Development is located in 412 Student Services Building. (865) 974-2435; e-mail

Center for Leadership Development

The Center for Leadership Development helps students maximize their potential to get involved outside the classroom by helping students connect to the university. The center offers a variety of programs and services open to any student who wants to enhance his or her leadership skills. By participating in any one of UT’s leadership opportunities students can gain valuable skills that are useful in college and to future employees. Students can be become involved in the Ignite Program, Emerging Leaders Class, Leadership Guides, and Leadership Conference. Student leaders and student organizations can also take advantage of the Leadership Library and request special leadership programs. The center is located in 315F of the University Center. (865) 974-2313; e-mail

Student Success Center

The staff of the Student Success Center is committed to helping students take charge of their success at the University of Tennessee. Through first-year programs, academic support services, educational enhancement programs, the Web site and referral to the university’s other excellent support resources, the staff promotes undergraduate student success and persistence to graduation. The Student Success Center’s web site provides not only students, but also faculty, staff and parents with a wealth of easy to access information designed to support student success, available not only through the Center’s programs, but also campus academic advising and tutoring/ learning assistance.

The Student Success Center offers two locations on campus. Students seeking academic support may visit either facility. In addition to providing general academic support for all undergraduate students, the 1817 Melrose Avenue location houses programs that focus on Academic Appeals, Readmission Appeals, and academic success workshops. The 812 Volunteer location serves as the home for the UT LEAD Program, First Year Studies 101, Supplemental Instruction, and the Pathways Learning Community.

Phone: SSC-Melrose 946-HELP (4357), SSC-Volunteer 974-6641, e-mail Hours are 8 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday.

First Year Studies

First Year Studies FYRS 101 : The UT Experience is a one credit hour, graded first-year seminar designed for students who want to make the most of their college careers. FYS is an excellent way for students to become part of the university community, to examine personal interests and strengths, and to share ideas and solutions to problems in a small class environment.

Learning Communities

Students in a freshmen learning community live on one floor of a residence hall, have the opportunity to take classes together, participate as a floor in intramurals, and become involved in community events, social activities, and cultural and educational programs. The communities are the Pathways Community, the Honors Community, the Engage Community, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources First-Year Student Community, the Baker Community, and the Architecture and Design Cluster, the Venture (Business) Community, and the Leadership Community. Each community is unique in both its design and requirements. However, all offer opportunities to connect with other students, to become involved in campus life, and to develop skills necessary to be both a successful student and a successful leader. The Student Success Center office works specifically with the Pathways Community.

Academic Appeals

The Student Success Center assists students with academic problem resolution and works with the Undergraduate Council to assist in the administration of appeals for academic dismissals, university readmission appeals, grade appeals that have gone through the college dean’s level, and late withdrawal appeals for individual courses. The forms needed for the various academic appeals are located on the Student Success Center’s website

UT LEAD Program

The LEAD Program promotes academic excellence and undergraduate success through a support program for students who have been awarded the Tennessee Pledge and/or Tennessee Promise Scholarships and for continuing African- American Achiever and African-American Incentive Grant awardees. The students participate in special academic counseling programs, first-year seminars, leadership development programs, academic success workshops, and other UT learning opportunities.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) offers free, out of class, study sessions for traditionally difficult courses. Attendance at sessions is voluntary. It is a chance to work together with students in the same class to compare notes, practice problems, discuss important concepts, develop strategies for studying the subject, and to take practice quizzes and exams. Each SI session is facilitated by a student who has successfully completed the course and is trained in collaborative learning strategies. SI sessions are offered for those enrolled in MATH 119 , MATH 130 , CHEM 120 , CHEM 130 , and BIOL 101 , BIOL 102 .

Thornton Athletics Student Life Center

The Thornton Center is a comprehensive academic support center for student-athletes. The Center houses study halls, a computer lab, and writing and math labs. Academic counselors meet regularly with the student-athletes to assess and evaluate their academic plans and NCAA progress towards degree requirements. In addition, the CHAMPS/Life Skills program offers programs that emphasize career development, leadership skills, community service and personal development.

Veteran’s Education Benefits

Veterans, reservists, and widows or children of certain deceased or disabled veterans, who have been admitted to a degree program, may apply for benefits by contacting the Veterans Affairs Office in room 209, Student Services Building.

Basic military placement credit may be given on the basis of previous honorable active duty to students who are eligible for the Montgomery G.I. Bill Education Benefits. For more information, please contact the Veterans Administration Assistant in 209 Student Services Building, Monday through Friday, or visit our website for more information.

Service members, veterans, and dependents of veterans who are eligible beneficiaries of United States Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits or other governmentally funded educational assistance, subject to the conditions and guidelines set forth in Tennessee Code Annotated 49-7-104 as amended, may elect, upon formal application, to defer payment of required tuition and fees until the final day of the term for which the deferment has been requested. Application for the deferment must be made no later than fourteen days after the beginning of the term, and the amount of the deferment shall not exceed the total monetary benefits to be received for the term. Students who have been granted deferments are expected to make timely payments on their outstanding tuition and fees balance once education benefits are being delivered, and eligibility for such deferment shall terminate if the student fails to abide by any applicable rule or regulation, or to act in good faith in making timely payments. This notice is published pursuant to Public Chapter 279, Acts of 2003, effective July 1, 2003.

Students who are called to active military duty during a term of enrollment should contact the Office of the University Registrar for assistance with withdrawal and readmission procedures.

Women’s Center

The Women’s Center provides essential informational and referral services to UT Knoxville students and faculty. The library’s specialized collection provides books, journals, and brochures about issues and concerns of women. Information is available on a variety of topics including domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and health issues. The Women’s Coordinating Council is the programming branch of the Center responsible for educational, social, and cultural events pertaining to women’s issues. The Women’s Center is located in 301 University Center. If you need more information or are interested in volunteering, please call (865) 974-1029 or e-mail

Writing Center

The Writing Center offers free, one-to-one assistance to all writers on The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus. Students, faculty, and staff may drop by at any time to get feedback during every stage of the writing process. The up-to-date facility and trained tutors provide a supportive environment where writers can work and ask questions about their texts. A variety of reference and writing instruction materials are available for use, as well as computers for those who are working with the Writing Center tutors.

Students enrolled in ENGL 101  or ENGL 102  may enroll in ENGL 103  or ENGL 104 , individualized writing workshop courses that meet in the Writing Center, for one hour of elective (S/NC) credit.

The Writing Center is located in Room 212 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00-7:30; Thursday 9:00-6:00; Friday 9:00-3:00. (865) 974-2611. There is also an after-hours Writing Center located in the Commons at Hodges Library. Call for the specific hours each semester, or e-mail



The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is committed to its land-grant mission of public service. The institution meets that mission by extending its continuing education services and programming resources through outreach initiatives.  University Outreach and Continuing Education works with academic departments to offer courses, educational services and programs. The division offers programs using a variety of modes, helping people of all ages achieve degrees and certificates, accomplish professional development goals, and pursue intellectual and self-improvement interests.

Programs and courses are based upon student needs and desires, whether for self-motivated learning; for leisure and recreational programs; or for professional promotion, certification, licensure, re-licensure, or mid-career changes. The division provides these opportunities through program coordination and development of the four departments: Department of Conferences, Department of Distance Education and Independent Study, English Language Institute, and Professional and Personal Development.

Department of Conferences

The Department of Conferences, housed in the Conference Center Building in downtown Knoxville, provides management services to university departments and faculty or outside groups that desire to hold an educational meeting anywhere in Tennessee or across the United States.

The department assists organizations in designing and managing programs to meet the needs of attendees. The staff provides professional guidance and management for small group meetings as well as for major conventions of several thousand delegates. Consulting and support services can include planning and budgeting, registration, lodging, food services, promotional materials, meeting-site management and all details to ensure a successful event. Some programs qualify for Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which become a permanent record maintained by the University Outreach and Continuing Education.

Additional information may be obtained at

University Conference Center

The University Conference Center, managed by the Department of Conferences, offers quality meeting facilities and service to university units, business and industry groups, professional organizations, and government agencies. The University Conference Center is located at 600 Henley Street in downtown Knoxville.

English Language Institute

The English Language Institute (ELI) offers a non-credit language-study program. It is designed to assist students in their pursuit of career goals or educational objectives in the United States. The courses emphasize development of communicative ability in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Faculty members are trained in teaching English to speakers of other languages and different national backgrounds.

The curriculum consists of eight proficiency levels: 101-108, Introductory through Pre-Academic.

Classes meet each day with emphasis on English Structure (Grammar); Listening Comprehension, Writing/Composition (Rhetoric), Conversation Practice for Communicative Purposes, Reading and Vocabulary.

Classes also assist students in pronunciation, test-taking strategies, U.S. culture orientation, and university study skills.

ELI also offers on- and off-campus classes for professional and academic audiences.

Additional information may be obtained at

Department of Professional and Personal Development

The Department of Professional and Personal Development provides a comprehensive array of non-credit courses, certificates, and seminars designed to serve the needs of individuals and businesses in Knoxville and surrounding communities. Courses are offered on the university campus, at off campus locations (including two Oak Ridge classrooms), and on-line. Classes are taught by university faculty, staff, and community experts. Courses also are delivered on-site for business clients, with instructional services tailored to the needs of each group.

Business topics include professional development, career planning, computer training, and several specialized certificate programs. Personal interest topics range from creative writing to art, dance, gardening, music, and sports. There are also courses that meet requirements of the state or other agencies for certification in real estate and financial planning.

Special programming also includes Kids U which provides summer hands-on workshops for elementary and secondary education students; Seniors for Creative Learning, a membership based program focusing on issues and courses for senior adults; and the Smoky Mountain Field School, a program co-sponsored with Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Additional information may be obtained at

Department of Distance Education and Independent Study

The Department of Distance Education and Independent Study, in concert with academic departments, offers Internet based, web-delivered classes, and programs leading to certificates and degrees. The College of Communication and Information and the College of Engineering offer master’s degree programs through web-based courses, while the Departments of Nuclear Engineering and Statistics, Operations and Management Science offer courses leading to degree and certificate programs. Other undergraduate and graduate classes and programs are available, as well as a variety of individual courses in many disciplines.

The department provides services and support for faculty, students, and industry interested in flexibly-delivered education. The Internet eLearning Institute provides certificate programs, professional development courses and training.

For information and registration forms, contact the Distance Education Program at



The Graduate School

Carolyn R. Hodges, Vice Provost and Dean
Joy DeSensi, Associate Dean
S. Kay Reed, Assistant Dean

M. K. Mohanan, Director
Thesis/Dissertation Consultant

A wide range of graduate programs leading to master’s and doctoral degrees is available. The university offers master’s programs in 78 fields, the Specialist in Education degree, doctoral work in 52 fields, two professional programs, and several graduate certificate programs. More than 6,000 graduate and professional students are enrolled on and off campus under the tutelage of 1,500 faculty members.

Complete information concerning graduate study at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is available in the Graduate Catalog, published annually and on the Graduate School website http://gradschool.utk. edu.

College of Law

Douglas A. Blaze, Dean
Katrice W. Jones Morgan, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

The College of Law has, since 1890, continuously sought to provide high quality legal education in a university community. The college offers a professional curriculum leading to the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence. Two dual degree programs are available in conjunction with the College of Law – the JD-MBA program with the College of Business Administration and JDMPA program with the Department of Political Science.

Information regarding admission, financial aid, academic policies, extracurricular activities, and student services is available from the Admissions Office, The University of Tennessee, College of Law, 1505 West Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1810. For priority consideration, the completed application should be received before March 1 of the year of requested admission.

College of Veterinary Medicine

James P. Thompson, Dean
James J. Brace, Associate Dean, Academic Programs
Robert N. Moore, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs
Robert C. DeNovo, Jr., Associate Dean, Hospital Administration and Clinical Programs
Dennis R. Geiser, Assistant Dean, Outreach and Organizational Development

The College of Veterinary Medicine, established in 1974, offers a professional curriculum leading to the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). The college offers graduate studies leading to the degrees of Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with a major in comparative and experimental medicine. Residency training programs in the various clinical specialties are also offered.

The Graduate Catalog contains complete information concerning the programs in the college. Instructions for making application for admission may be obtained beginning June 1 from the Office of the Associate Dean, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2407 River Drive, Room A102, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-4550. Applications must be received by the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) by October 1 of the year prior to requested admission. All pre-veterinary requirements must be completed by the end of the spring term of the year in which the student plans to enroll in the college.