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UT has been rated one of the “best and most interesting” schools in the 2015 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, which reviews higher education institutions in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.

UT is one of more than 300 universities to be included in the guide, which advises prospective students about academic quality, campus setting, financial aid, housing, and extracurricular activities. The publication was released this summer.

UT is recognized for its collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which “bolsters science and technology offerings, and involves more than 400 students and faculty in majors as diverse as English and physics.” The guide also praises the university’s strong programs in communications, psychology, business, architecture, accounting, and engineering.

UT comes close to “being all things to all students,” according to the guide, which notes that students put a premium on school spirit, athletics, and academics. The school’s location in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and at the heart of East Tennessee’s urban hub, along with its array of architectural styles and new building additions, help qualify it as among the best and most interesting.

The Fiske Guide is compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske.  For more information, visit

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