University of Tennessee, Knoxville Earns Recognition for Academic Excellence and Innovation

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville has another reason to celebrate this year, as it secures a higher position in the 2024 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings. UT advanced two places among public universities to 51st and climbed 10 places nationally to 105th out of 426 institutions. UT is among the two Southeastern Conference schools that have improved in the public rankings. The college rankings are an annual accolade that spotlights institutional greatness.

“I take immense pride in the progress we’ve made in recent years, particularly in student achievement, research, and academic distinction,” stated Chancellor Donde Plowman. “It’s always gratifying to see the tireless efforts and accomplishments of our students, faculty, and staff recognized by others. I am especially delighted by our reputation as a vanguard of innovation.”

Faculty Research and Innovation Rankings

UT earned remarkable rankings in a new faculty research category and was acknowledged for the first time in innovation.

In the faculty research category, UT ranked 19th among public institutions and 41st nationally, based on research citations with data from 2018 to 2022. In the innovation category, UT secured the 29th spot among public institutions and 58th nationally, highlighting the institution’s pioneering improvements in various areas.

“These rankings underscore our university’s growing stature as a land-grant research institution with a commitment to enhancing lives and communities through our discovery and engagement initiatives,” explained Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor John Zomchick.

Leading the Way in Supply Chain Management

The university’s supply chain management program, part of the Haslam College of Business, secured the 3rd spot among public institutions and 4th nationally, remaining a leader within the SEC. Additionally, the Haslam College of Business and its departments received high rankings.

  • The Haslam College of Business rose to 25th among public institutions and 38th nationally.
  • Accounting climbed to 23rd among public institutions and 46th nationally.
  • Business analytics ranked 15th among public institutions and 29th nationally.

Tickle College of Engineering Ascends

The Tickle College of Engineering ascended four places to 34th among public institutions and seven places to 61st nationally.

Increased Retention and Graduation Rates

This year’s rankings placed a stronger emphasis on social mobility and outcomes for graduating students. UT improved in the category of first-to-second-year retention, rising by a percentage point to 89%. U.S. News also introduced a new metric to measure first-generation student graduation rates. UT scored 60% in this category and achieved a 1 percentage point increase to 73% for six-year graduation among all students.

“At the University of Tennessee, we are thrilled to see our unwavering dedication to improving retention and graduation rates reflected in the recent U.S. News and World Report rankings. Our steadfast commitment to nurturing and empowering our students has yielded exceptional results, especially in supporting first-generation students,” said Amber Williams, Vice Provost for Student Success.

UT was also recognized as the 50th best college for veterans among public institutions, with over 1,400 student veterans and military-connected students pursuing degrees on campus.

Leadership Messages from Campus

John Bell, head of the Department of Supply Chain Management in the Haslam College of Business: “Over the past several years, we have implemented a comprehensive integrated supply chain management curriculum. While this ranking indicates that our work is paying dividends, we will continually strive to make the program even better.”

Stephen Mangum, dean of the Haslam College of Business: “Students who choose the Haslam College of Business immerse themselves in a first-rate business learning environment and take advantage of multiple experiential learning opportunities. The college is always working to improve the undergraduate academic experience, and these rankings are a reflection of those efforts.”

Matthew Mench, dean of the Tickle College of Engineering: “The Tickle College of Engineering is thriving, and we are pleased to see that reflected in this ranking. We have recently set records in enrollment, diversity, intellectual property creations, and research expenditures, which is creating an increasingly strong foundation for both the future of the college and our students.”

About the Rankings

The 2024 U.S. News and World Report rankings rely on a wide range of data sources, analyzing over 80 Best Colleges rankings. The rankings emphasize colleges that excel in areas such as value, social mobility, and meeting veterans’ needs, alongside highlighting historically Black colleges and universities and six academic disciplines.

For further information, please contact:

Tyra Haag (865-974-5460, tyra.haag@tennessee.edu)

Cindi King (865-974-0937, cking126@utk.edu)

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