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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship and largest public university. Founded as a private college in 1794, it became the first campus of the University of Tennessee in 1879. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Architecture and Design; Arts and Sciences; Communication and Information; Education, Health, and Human Sciences; Engineering; Law; Nursing; Social Work; and Veterinary Medicine, and the Haslam College of Business. UT's faculty provide world-class instruction and engage in research that helps to solve the world's most complicated challenges. The university's partnership with Battelle to manage the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides students a wide array of research opportunities and fuels the area's technology- and science-driven economy. UT’s 560-acre campus is adjacent to a historic and thriving downtown and just minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is the state’s research-extensive, land-grant institution. UT is big on tradition and proud of its humble beginnings as the first public university chartered west of the Appalachian Divide. UT is consistently cited as a best buy and a great value. The university provides comprehensive support to help students achieve their academic goals and engage in campus life. Students can choose from fourteen residence halls on campus and eighteen living and learning communities. The first phase of UT's long-awaited student union opened last year. The 142,000-square-foot-building is the university's new central hub for students, faculty, and staff to meet, eat, and relax. The new facility is a contemporary approach to collegiate gothic architectural design. The second and final phase of construction is underway and is set to be completed in 2018. A new intramural recreation complex, student health building, and residence hall also have opened in the past several years, along with new facilities for engineering, business, and music programs. Through UT’s management partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, students have unprecedented opportunities for hands-on work and research beside the world’s most gifted scientists.