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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s graduate and professional student enrollment has risen almost 10% as more students than ever are drawn to the university’s highly regarded academic programs.

The university has a record 7,421 students enrolled in graduate and professional courses, with increases across the board. International enrollment is up 10%, domestic underrepresented minority enrollment is up almost 22% and distance education enrollment is up almost 30%. Four colleges — the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, the College of Social Work, the Haslam College of Business and the Tickle College of Engineering — have seen double-digit growth since last fall.

“UT’s record enrollment in graduate and professional programs is the result of hard work by many people. I’m proud of the effort that the Office of Graduate Admissions has made in assisting with that work,” said Dixie Thompson, dean of UT’s Graduate School. “Our faculty and staff’s commitment to our graduate programs is essential to our ability to achieve these numbers. Educating graduate and professional students is a key aspect of UT’s mission, and we are making great progress toward the goals set forth in our strategic vision.”

In the spring, UT launched a plan to thoughtfully guide growth in its graduate and professional programs. The plan established a campus-wide conversation with the goal of developing appropriate enrollment targets and creating new programs to serve prospective students.

To further drive enrollment growth, the Graduate School has created the UT Graduate Recruiters Network to share best practices in recruiting, organize campus visits to introduce prospective students to UT, and represent the university at national and international gatherings.


Maggie Palmer (865-974-3993,