The area around the University of Tennessee campus is rich with amenities, lodging, and things to see and do. The University of Tennessee, or UT as it is commonly referred to, was established in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1794, even before Tennessee was part of the Union. Since that time, UT has become one of the best higher education centers in the U.S. Yearly, nearly 30,000 new students are drawn to the campus and surrounding areas.Throughout the history of UT, and through the challenging days of the Civil War and World War II, the campus and community have proven that it is strong and dedicated to success. With a strong medical, forensic, and research focus, UT continues to be a great place for students and faculty to learn and grow. Located directly adjacent to Downtown Knoxville, UT has a lot to offer students in the way of recreation, dining, things to do, and even nightlife.