Our primary mission is to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate the citizens of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. As the preeminent research-based, land-grant university in the state, UT embodies the spirit of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement attained by the nation’s finest public research institutions.
We embrace a three-part vision: Value creation, Original ideas, and Leadership.
- Value creation through economic, social, and environmental development targeted to an increasing global and multicultural world.
We lead an increasing number of academic and public service activities that involve and benefit the local community, the state of Tennessee, the United States, and ultimately the world. This continuing commitment to the public good through a variety of outreach activities is grounded in our tradition as a land-grant institution.
- Original ideas that advance society through discovery, inquiry, innovation, research, scholarship, and creative activities.
Our ability to create value is dependent on discovering new knowledge and generating new ideas and expressions. The complex concerns of the twenty-first century cannot be addressed with existing knowledge and systems. Our aim is a dramatic increase in these activities, requiring the interaction between committed, diverse faculty, staff, and students.
- Leadership through the preparation of capable and ethical leaders.