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Fall Campus life 2018

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, ranked 52nd among all public universities and 112th nationally, according to the 2021 U.S. News and World Report undergraduate rankings released today. The Haslam College of Business rose to 28th among all public universities. The Tickle College of Engineering rose to 34th among all public universities.

“UT offers outstanding educational opportunities for all students across all disciplines with valuable and impactful experiences both in and out of the classroom,” said Provost John Zomchick. “Even through a pandemic we have enrolled more students and retained those from the previous year. Our faculty and students truly embody the Volunteer spirit. They are committed to making this world a richer and better place through their work.”

The university held steady or improved in peer assessment, faculty resources, reduced class sizes, and the six-year graduation rate—key areas measured by U.S. News. Despite these results, UT fell eight spots among public schools from last year, due in part to a change in the methodology used by U.S. News.

The Haslam College of Business’s undergraduate program ranks 28th among public schools and 44th nationally. The college’s supply chain management program ranks fifth nationally, and its accounting program ranks 24th among public schools and 52nd nationally.

“The Haslam College of Business offers a top-notch business education to students willing to work hard, dedicate themselves to their studies, and take advantage of the wide array of cocurricular opportunities and support systems available,” said Lane Morris, associate dean of undergraduate studies and student affairs at the college and the Ergen Professor of Business. “The continued recognition of our supply chain and accounting programs and this top 30 ranking for our undergraduate business studies is an indication that our efforts to provide world-class educational programs are succeeding.”

The Tickle College of Engineering’s undergraduate program rose to 34th among all public universities and 63rd among all undergraduate programs in this year’s rankings. In a new category this year, the college’s computer science program ranked 40th among public schools and 71st among all universities.

“I am so very proud of our students and the team of faculty and staff in the Tickle College of Engineering who are dedicated to student success,” said Janis Terpenny, who serves as dean and the Wayne T. Davis Dean’s Chair of the college. “Our focus on contributions to solving local, national, and global challenges is a centerpiece for our engineering students’ education. Industry and community partnerships are also key to preparing our scholars to be leaders in discoveries for a better world.”

U.S. News ranked UT 48th among public schools in its Best Colleges for Veterans list, recognizing the university’s strong support for veterans and their families.

In the overall university ranking, UT tied with Creighton University (Nebraska), Loyola University of Chicago, Rochester Institute of Technology (New York), the University of Illinois–Chicago, and the University of La Verne (California).

The rankings released today are based on data gathered in fall 2019 from more than 1,400 institutions on a variety of metrics, including student retention and graduation rates, Pell Grant recipient graduation rates, peer assessments, faculty resources, and alumni giving.


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