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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, ranked in the top 30% among 1,500 of the best higher education institutions in the world, according to the recently released 2023-24 QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings.

The annual QS rankings places UT at 446, an improvement from last year, and fourth among the 14 Southeastern Conference institutions. Of the components used to calculate the rankings — employer reputation, academic citations per faculty member, academic reputation, faculty-student ratio, proportion of international faculty and students, employment outcomes, international research network and sustainability — UT’s highest-scoring component was citations per faculty member followed by international research network.

Recently seven UT faculty members were included on the 2022 list of Highly Cited Researchers from Clarivate. These individuals rank in the top 1% globally in the Web of Science citation index.

“Improving over 10% in this competitive ranking is another testament to the outstanding quality of our faculty, staff and students and their commitment to advancing UT’s mission,” said Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor John Zomchick. “These rankings are a direct reflection of the work being done on our campus to create a vibrant and innovative learning environment that prepares our students to think big and tackle the complex issues facing the world today.”

Now in its 20th year, the QS World University Rankings evaluated more than 2,900 institutions in 104 locations, including 199 in the U.S. According to the report, this year’s indicators reflect the changing priorities of students and the evolving missions of world-class higher education institutions to solve the world’s biggest challenges.


Cindi King (865-974-0937,