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Meet Knoxville

A thriving modern city with the personality of a small town. Knoxville is known for its great outdoors, diverse music scene, and wide variety of eateries. 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. In fact, UT has five joint institutes with ORNL, performs $24.5 million in research annually for ORNL, and has 15 joint UT-ORNL Governor’s Chairs.

“The proximity to the mountains is awesome. Last semester we went to Mount Le Conte—and it’s like a six-and-a-half-mile hike—but it was the prettiest view in Tennessee that I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to go back.”

“The historic Tennessee Theatre is a place you should absolutely visit off the bat. Catch a classic movie during the summer, see a play, or listen to the amazing sounds of an orchestral performance. And of course, there are other theaters like the Clarence Brown at the University of Tennessee or Bijou Theater downtown. During the day, venture around the local museums like UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture or the Knoxville Museum of Art.”

“The International Biscuit Festival and the aroma of fresh-baked biscuits draws more than 20,000 people into downtown Knoxville each May.”

Music at the Bijou Theater
Daily music downtown on the Blue Plate Special
Music on Market Square

There has never been a better time to be a Volunteer, and we can’t wait to welcome you to Rocky Top. So, pay us a visit, apply, and join the Volunteer family!

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