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The University utilizes more than 21,000 acres of wildlands available for teaching, research, and demonstration. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Valley Authority, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, UT AgResearch, UT Extension, and private industries provide lands and facilities for teaching and research programs. Lands available for forestry research include the Forest Resources Research and Education Centers and the 18,400-acre Ames Plantation in West Tennessee. These areas have a wide variety of forest types and wildlife habitats, ranging from boreal forest types to southern pines and bottomland hardwoods. Fisheries habitats include cold and warm water streams, large reservoirs, and farm ponds.
The Department is housed in a modern, educational teaching-research complex, including the Plant Biotech Building, a state-of-the-art research facility. The Department has other teaching and research facilities including research greenhouses, clonal propagation greenhouses, conventional wet-lab/dry-lab space, a forest products laboratory, and a human dimensions research laboratory. A U.S. Geological Survey Field Laboratory is located on campus, with additional facilities and scientists engaged in cooperative departmental research. Students have access to the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources micro-computer laboratory and to the University computing system. The UT Knoxville Libraries' membership in the Association of Research Libraries reflects the University's emphasis on graduate instruction and research and the support of large, comprehensive collections of library materials on a permanent basis.
The Department and University have extensive financial aid available on a competitive basis. Stipends average $12,500 per year for twelve-month, half-time (20 hours per week) appointments. The master of science degree assistantships include health insurance for the student. Some assistantships provide for remission of tuition and fees. Graduate assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, and traineeships are offered by the department. Please inquire for additional details about these types of financial aid. Student loans and employment are coordinated by the Financial Aid Office on main campus. Almost all graduate students in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries receive financial support. Part-time and contract employment are available from several of the above named cooperating agencies.
The University provides excellent apartment facilities in several locations. University residence halls and off-campus housing are also readily available; however, rates vary widely. A listing of off-campus housing available to students is provided by the Off-Campus Housing Office. Many off-campus apartments are located on University bus routes. For additional housing information, visit the University Housing website at or the Off-campus Housing website at
More than 6,000 graduate students are enrolled on and off campus at the University of Tennessee. Graduate enrollment in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries averages about 40 students. The University uses a variety of modes--traditional and non-traditional--in offering quality programs designed to serve a diverse student base.
The flagship campus of The University of Tennessee is located in Knoxville, the major economic, industrial, and metropolitan hub of East Tennessee. Knoxville is located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in close proximity to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Headquarters of the Tennessee Valley Authority are in Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory is only 15 miles from Knoxville in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. East Tennessee enjoys a mild climate with four seasons, and students can pursue outside activities year round. With I-40 and I-75 intersecting in Knoxville, one can easily reach other metropolitan centers in the southeast such as Atlanta, Nashville, and Cincinnati.
The University of Tennessee is the official land-grant institution for the State of Tennessee, with its main campus in Knoxville. UT-Knoxville is the state's oldest, largest, and most comprehensive institution, and is the only state-supported "Research University l" (Carnegie classification) in Tennessee. The University celebrated its bicentennial in 1994; many ceremonies and special programs were conducted to reflect on 200 years of University history. Total enrollment is nearly 29,000 students with almost 1,300 faculty who teach and/or conduct research at the Knoxville campus. A wide range of graduate programs leading to master's and doctoral degrees are available. The University offers master's programs in 86 fields and doctoral work in 52 fields.