A booming city that sits at the intersection of three major interstates and was once the site of a very successful World's Fair, Knoxville has a colorful history and bright future. This business-friendly city has a wealth of higher education options that can prepare students for work in a wide variety of fields.
Knoxville colleges and universities have room for students who like the idea of studying, working and playing in Volunteer country. Here's an overview for aspiring students.
Two of the public colleges in Knoxville focus on skilled trades: the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, which offers programs in areas like industrial electricity, cosmetology, automotive technology, and Pellissippi State Community College, which allows students to earn anything from a quick certificate to an associate degree. In addition, smaller, private trade and vocational schools, such as Ross Medical Education Center and the Tennessee School of Beauty, round out the choices for programs of two years or less.
One of the state's largest universities is the University of Tennessee, which celebrated its 200th anniversary in 1994. This land-grant university is also known as a public research institution. Students on the massive 910-acre campus (and those who attend online) can embark on one of more than 900 programs of study, spread out over 11 colleges. During downtime, students can cheer on the Tennessee Vols and the beloved "Smokey" mascot while singing "Rocky Top" as loudly as possible.
Other universities in Knoxville and the surrounding area offer a rich experience as well. Johnson University is one example; with dozens of bachelor's programs taught in a Christ-centered setting, the school provides some unique options, such as middle eastern studies, child ministry and music education degree programs.
Those seeking a master's or doctoral degree through colleges in Knoxville can find them through Johnson University, South College, and the University of Tennessee. Huntington University of Health Sciences offers two advanced degrees in the field of nutrition. Johnson University offers several graduate degree programs that can be obtained through on-campus attendance, as well as several online programs. UT has more than 530 graduate programs, including certificate and professional degree programs as well as master's and doctoral options.