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Here in Big Orange Country, our front yard is the Tennessee River and our backyard is Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Whether you want to spend your weekends kayaking and rock climbing or going to concerts and checking out new restaurants (or all of the above!), you don’t have to travel far. Our region is also home to major businesses and innovators, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the US Department of Energy’s largest science and energy laboratory.

“I think Knoxville is a good place to come if you’re wanting to explore the outdoors, because we have so much so close to campus.”

Mary, Public Relations, May 2018 Graduate, Knoxville, TN

The Great Outdoors

Knoxville and the surrounding East Tennessee region are the perfect place to spend a day outdoors. The nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers more than 800 miles of maintained hiking trails and beautiful scenery.

Big Little Town

Our home is a thriving Southern city that offers plenty of opportunities to learn and work during college and after graduation. From big businesses like Regal Entertainment Group and big labs like Oak Ridge National Laboratory to boutique graphic design and production companies, our area offers something for everyone.

Life in Knoxville

Our historic and revitalized downtown hosts events and festivals that bring in thousands of visitors each year. Restaurants, pubs, clubs, eclectic shopping, an outdoor farmers’ market, street festivals, the Sunsphere, art galleries, history collections, and museums like UT’s Downtown Gallery are all just a few short blocks from campus.

“With Knoxville you can still get that big city vibe, but you can also come to places that are more lower key.”

Jack, Supply Chain Management, Senior, Nashville, TN

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