Carver students Zyaire Sellers and Shaniya Daley report from the University of Tennessee on the College Tour

Report from the University of Tennessee, in a series of reports from Carver students on the 2017 College Tour now underway

By Zyaire Sellers and Shaniya Daley, both 10th graders at Norwalk High School

The University of Tennessee (UT) has an amazing campus with many tall and modern buildings. With more than 28,000 undergraduate students enrolled, UT is larger than many US towns. Though one of UT's most famous graduates is the football star Peyton Manning, there are many other sports available to students.  Former Knicks basketball players Allan Houston and Bernard King, and WNBA Tamika Catchings are also graduates of UT.

Today we met current freshman basketball player Kamera Harris (standing between us in the photo to the right!) from Atlanta, GA. Kamera shared that she did not experience the routine admission process. She was recruited to play basketball and entered with a 3.6 GPA. Her admission counselor helped to navigate the process for her. Kamera finds it most challenging to juggle all her responsibilities. She currently has a 3.2 GPA and takes full advantage of all the resources that is available to her. As a freshman she is allowed to have a car and she likes the housing accommodations.

The University of Tennessee ("Big Orange") was founded in 1794, and is located in Knoxville, Tennessee. 24% of the 28,052 students enrolled identify as non-white. 50% of students are female and 50% are male. The student-to-teacher ratio is 17:1, with 27.8% of classes having fewer than 20 students. The university offers 141 majors and 50 minors. Although it is a Division I school, there are several sport groups that aren't represented by the UT athletic teams. The average GPA is 3.89, weighted. The average SAT Math is 583 and the Critical Reading is 576. The average ACT Composite score is 27. In-state tuition is $28,562. Out of state tuition is $46,752. 

Peyton Manning and Reggie White have left their mark at UT. Peyton is young enough to still be celebrated at UT. He led the Tennessee Volunteers to the 1997 SEC Championship his senior year. The Indianapolis Colts picked him as the first overall draft pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. Manning led the Colts to two AFC Championships, 8 division championships, and 1 Super Bowl title. Manning then transferred to the Denver Broncos from 2012-2015. He led them to win Super Bowl 50 as starting quarterback. 

UT has a rich campus life with 18 sororities and 22 fraternities and their commitment to Greek Life is evident from the beautiful houses that line the main road of the campus.

We really enjoyed our visit to UT during Carver's 47th annual College Tour!

Jim Schaffer