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University of Tennessee:

Brief Description:  UT is a research-focused public university located in Knoxville, Tennessee, a city surrounded by lakes and less than an hour from the Great Smoky Mountains.

High Honors: Known for its academic quality, affordability and commitment to diversity, UT is ranked in the 2012 edition of “Best Value Colleges” by The Princeton Review and “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes magazine.

Big Orange: UT boasts 18 men’s and women’s NCAA Division I athletic teams who have claimed more than 20 championship titles since 1987. Factor in the devoted fans – who proudly don orange and white to cheer on their Volunteers – and it’s easy to see why UT offers one of the most spirited sports experiences in the South.

Fun Fact: Take a walk through UT’s flagship campus and you will find “The Rock,” a giant boulder originally unearthed in the 1960s. Since then, students, faculty and visitors have instituted a tradition of painting this iconic feature with personal messages – farewells, political statements, even marriage proposals! – to make their mark on the campus.