Knoxville lies between the Cumberland Plateau and the Great Smoky Mountains. UT overlooks the Tennessee River. Hiking trails, white-water rivers, and TVA lakes are all within an hour’s drive, as are Appalachian music and crafts. Known as the Gateway to the Smoky Mountains, Knoxville is celebrated for its natural beauty and outdoor activities. Only minutes from campus, Knoxville’s urban wilderness provides hikers, mountain bikers, and trail runners with an unparalleled outdoor venue.
Knoxville itself, a city of 180,000 with a larger metropolitan area of 500,000, has a professional symphony and a nationally recognized opera company, a vibrant art museum, theater and dance companies, in addition to UT’s Clarence Brown Theater and student-run companies. TVA headquarters are located downtown, and the nearby science and engineering laboratories in Oak Ridge make Knoxville one of the highest per capita PhD areas in the nation.
Housing is relatively inexpensive in the community and even more so in UT’s complexes. The climate is usually temperate, and we regularly enjoy spectacular fall and spring foliage. The Knoxville Mercury, our local weekly paper, and the Knoxville News-Sentinel both publish on-line and offer a glimpse of current local events.