The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$11,332
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$21,133
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
3.17%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
78.1%
25,423 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
30,559
87.5% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
71.1%
3,335 Graduates

About

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is a higher education institution located in Knox County, TN. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville were Logistics, Materials, & Supply Chain Management (324 degrees awarded), General Psychology (294 degrees), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (283 degrees).

In 2020, 7,680 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. 54.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 45.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (5,950 degrees), 14.5 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (411 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is $11,332, which is $−17,297 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is $11,332, which is $−17,297 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $21,133.

In 2020, 76% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 38% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$11,332
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville was $11,332. The cost of tuition at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is $−17,297 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$21,133
2020 Value
0.518%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 The University of Tennessee-Knoxville had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $21,133. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of The University of Tennessee-Knoxville grew by 0.518%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,482
Room and Board
$1,598
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville was of $11,482 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,598. The cost of room and board increased by 2.15% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

76%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
38%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

76% of undergraduate students at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 2.7% with respect to 2019, when 74% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.17%
2018 Default Rate
189
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville was 3.17%, which represents 189 out of the 5960 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville received 25,423 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 16.8% annual growth. Out of those 25,423 applicants, 19,867 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 78.1% acceptance rate.

There were 30,559 students enrolled at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2020, and 24% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville has an overall enrollment yield of 27.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

78.1%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
19,867
Accepted Out of 25,423

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of The University of Tennessee-Knoxville was 78.1% (19,867 admissions from 25,423 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 78.8%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 16.8%, while admissions grew by 15.8%.

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SAT Scores

24%
Submission Percentage
1,328
Scores Submitted

24% of enrolled first-time students at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville has a total enrollment of 30,559 students. The full-time enrollment at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is 26,731 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,828. This means that 87.5% of students enrolled at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, both undergraduate and graduate, is 77.5% White, 5.55% Black or African American, 4.83% Hispanic or Latino, 3.8% Two or More Races, 3.63% Asian, 0.16% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0556% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (41.8%), followed by White Male (36.8%) and Black or African American Female (3.01%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (45.1%), followed by White Male (30.4%) and Black or African American Female (3.38%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

87.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, both undergraduate and graduate, is 30,559 students. The full-time enrollment at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is 26,731 and the part-time enrollment is 3,828. This means that 87.5% of students enrolled at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

89%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville was 89%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), The University of Tennessee-Knoxville had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    23,680
  2. Black or African American
    1,696
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,476

The enrolled student population at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is 77.5% White, 5.55% Black or African American, 4.83% Hispanic or Latino, 3.8% Two or More Races, 3.63% Asian, 0.16% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0556% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 672 more women than men received degrees from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is white (5,950 degrees awarded). There were 14.5 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (411 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is Logistics, Materials, & Supply Chain Management (324 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (294 degrees) and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (283 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Library Science (101 degrees awarded), Agriculture (304 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (481 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville are Software developers (408,040 people), Other managers (333,607 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (330,016 people), Civil engineers (270,864 people), and Mechanical engineers (201,153 people).

The most specialized majors at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville are Library Science (101 degrees awarded), Agriculture (304 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (481 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (115 degrees), and Engineering (962 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and Diagnostic medical sonographers

The most specialized majors at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville are Library Science (101 degrees awarded), Agriculture (304 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (481 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (115 degrees), and Engineering (962 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville are Architectural, engineering & related services (537,592 people), Computer Systems Design (417,176 people), Construction (324,158 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (223,803 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (175,227 people).

The most specialized majors at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville are Library Science (101 degrees awarded), Agriculture (304 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (481 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (115 degrees), and Engineering (962 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by The University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Most Common
  1. 324 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 294 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 283 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville was Logistics, Materials, & Supply Chain Management with 324 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

3,504
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
4,176
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 3,504 degrees were awarded to men at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, which is 0.839 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,176).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 239 degrees were awarded to men at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville in Logistics, Materials, & Supply Chain Management, which is 2.57 times more than the 93 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 271 degrees were awarded to women at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville in Social Work, which is 8.21 times more than the 33 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

49%
100% Completion Time
73%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 49% of students graduating from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 73% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 74% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (86.9%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is Female and Asian (86.9% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.21% of graduates (107 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    5,950 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    411 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    295 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is white (5,950 degrees awarded). There were 14.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (411 degrees).

2.25% of degree recipients (173 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    3,244 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    2,706 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    255 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is white female (3,244 degrees awarded). There were 1.2 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (2,706 degrees).

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Operations

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville has an endowment valued at nearly $758M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $−NaNM (−1.32%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville had a total salary expenditure of $1.31B. The University of Tennessee-Knoxville employs 521 Professors, 405 Associate professors, and 360 Lecturers. Most academics at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville are Male Professors (361), Male Associate professors(216), and Female Lecturers (210).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville are: Office and Administrative Support, with 899 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 818 employees, and Management with 706 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$758M
2020 Endowment
2.97%
decline from 2019

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville has an endowment valued at about $758M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of The University of Tennessee-Knoxville declined 2.97% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $456M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $113M - Federal
  2. $35.4M - State
  3. $9.5M - Local

As of 2020, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville received $113M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $35.4M from state grants and contracts, and $9.5M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$609M
2020 Salaries
3.38%
growth from 2019

In 2020, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville paid a median of $609M in salaries, which represents 46.5% of their overall expenditure ($1.31B) and a 3.38% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.968% growth from 2018 and a 6.76% decline from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$178M
Instructional Salaries
1,665
Number of Employees

In 2020, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville paid a total of $178M to 1,665 employees working as instructors, which represents 29.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
521 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
899 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville were Professor with 521 employees; Associate professor with 405 employees; and Associate professor with 360 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville were Office and Administrative Support with 899 employees; Computer, Engineering, and Science with 818 employees; and Management with 706 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Lecturer

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville was Male Professor with 361 employees, Male Associate professor with 216 employees, and Female Lecturer with 210 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

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