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University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Where to stay in Knoxville

A high concentration of popular hotel chains are grouped downtown. These are all located within walking distance of the city's major attractions. A handful of quirky hostels offer economy lodging with character, as do the bed and breakfasts located in the Old City. The city's website provides a comprehensive list of all the city's lodging options, along with their locations and contact information.
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  • Given that the University of Tennessee is close to downtown, there are a lot of homeless men wandering around on campus, and even in the library, where I've seen them sit at the computers for hours lo...  more »
  • University of Tennessee football at Neyland Stadium is an unforgettable experience. Highly recommended!  more »
  • My 8 year old daughter and I visited campus the day of a football game and we were smitten with the loyalty of the fans! Love this campus.  more »
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  • Despite the fact that I completed my Ph.D. with a perfect 4.00 GPA, my dissertation advisor Mark Littmann attempted to sabotage my attempts to find a tenure-track university faculty position. Fortunately, I was offered and accepted such a position without his "help." I don't know what motivates Mark Littmann other than his enormous ego and (behind his façade of politeness) his well-concealed detest of other people (particularly women). If you are one of the "subjects" of Mark Littmann His Highness, keep in mind that his standards are highly exacting and that he will show no mercy for you if you exhibit to any of the normal human failings that all of us may find ourselves prey (with the exception of His Highness Mark Littmann himself, of course). P.S. Chasing total solar eclipses around the world is a wealthy man's game, one that Mark Littmann has been playing for years without so much as acknowledging that the vast majority of people do not have the means to see a total solar eclipse unless one happens to occur in their own backyard. And in fact, the path of the 2017 total solar eclipse on August 21 does indeed include parts of East Tennessee close to Knoxville, but Mark Littmann is traveling to see it in Douglas, Wyoming, because the weather conditions in Tennessee aren't quite perfect enough for him. It might be cloudy here (though it might also be cloudy in Douglas, Wyoming), thus preventing His Highness Mark Littmann from the perfect view of the total solar eclipse that his unlimited budget allows him.
  • Although the location is very good in the city of Knoxville, my time at this University has been marred by a list of negative things. The professors are not very helpful and many rarely give out A's despite the most studious students' best efforts. Most of the professors I had at UT had extremely large egos that prevented them from helping students complete the class. They may also be unwilling to have more than one office hour per week or provide extra help. Although I have nothing against professors of other cultures, a large complaint is that many professors also have such thick accents that confuse students. A common phrase at this University is the "Big Orange Screw ". The classes that you need are scarcely offered, so many students are unable to graduate in 4 years, and the increasing tuition and numerous fees makes it hard for students relying on financial aid or paying out of pocket. The parking is very strict. They have relatively expensive parking passes. However, they sell almost 2 passes per spot, so parking is extremely difficult. The parking authority tickets an absurd amount. It was reported that they make $2 million a year on parking tickets, 5 times the entire city of Knoxville. If you have unknowingly parked in a non-student spot you will likely have a ticket within 5 minutes. I parked in a loading zone to drop something off and had a ticket in 5 minutes. I also got a summer parking pass, which apparently needs to be mailed to you now. I've gotten two parking tickets in the two days I've been waiting on the pass. The construction on campus is constant. They have roads and sidewalks blocked off and loud construction sounds throughout the day. The dorms are also very old. They've finally been replacing some, but when I lived in the on-campus dorms it wasn't uncommon to find a rat in my incredibly old dorm room. The university also has constant alerts of rape and theft crimes. The neighborhood adjacent to the University, Fort Sanders has a very high crime rate. It has a reputation for break-ins, rape and general loud, drunken disorder (as does the campus, despite being a dry campus. If you report anything to the UT Police or Knoxville Police Department, many cases will not be responded to. There are also a lot of homeless people in that area, as well as the Strip where many of the restaurants and stores like Walgreens and Walmart. Finally, the University is not very tolerant of minorities. The sororities and fraternities run the school and there is a heavy party atmosphere centered around them. This is a party school, so if you aren't looking for that, do not choose this school. There's also a large number of rapes associated with them too. I was not involved in Greek life and felt uncomfortable or isolated because of it, despite most fraternity guys being rude to non-Greeks. The University as well as Greek groups are also rather intolerant of other religions, exchange students and LGBTQ+ people to name a few (having gotten rid of their Outreach center, as well restricting the Sex Week on sexual education in a sweeping wave of discrimination based on upheld religious beliefs at the University and state legislative levels). Plus people with large signs and Bibles will constantly remind you how you are going to hell for being different.
  • Can't say enough good things. I went to a private college because I was hoping for a personalized and intimate experience. Instead...was kind of dropped on my behind and left to fend for myself. In researching colleges for my daughter many years later, I remembered how difficult things were on my own. I wanted a better experience for her. Not ONE University we researched was as attentive, informative and overall excellent at meeting our needs, answering our questions and helping us along the way. A lot has changed since I was in school. I truly believe Tennessee has surpassed all my expectations. My daughter is going to excel because of them!
  • The football is ok,the basketball is ok,the academics are fine,but i wouldn't want to go there.
  • i would rate 5 stars but the football didnt win the east.Not only did u lose the game, but u lost my respect