The Thornton Athletics Student Life Center is a state-of-the-art, 33,000-square foot facility that houses academic counseling and career development services for student-athletes.
With 18 full-time staff members, the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center offers academic counseling services, a career development program, a student development program, a comprehensive tutoring program, a writing lab, a math lab, a computer lab, and accommodations for students with special needs.
The mission of the Thornton Center is to provide academic, career, and life skills programming and the learning environment in which all student-athletes have the opportunity to achieve their academic and personal goals.
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Ranked among the top libraries in the country by the Chronicle of Higher Education, the John C. Hodges Library houses 2.3 million volumes and includes collections in all subject areas and in many formats - books, journals and periodicals, microfilm and fiche, audio, video, multimedia, and more.
The ground floor houses Map Services.The first and second floors contain Special Collections, Research Services, Integrated User Services, The Commons, The Studio, and a 150-seat auditorium. The book stacks and administrative offices occupy the third through sixth floors. The building features faculty studies, graduate student carrels, and study space for several thousand students.
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As we work toward becoming a Top 25 public research university, we're pleased that the quality of our incoming students is already there.
By average ACT scores, the freshmen who began classes in August of 2011 rank among the top 8 percent of students statewide.
This group of students - the Class of 2015 - has the highest average ACT score in UT's history. The freshman class's average score was 26.7, 0.3 higher than last year. The new class has an average GPA of 3.87, compared to 3.81 last year. Forty-six percent come to UT with average high school GPAs of 4.0 or better, compared to 41 percent last year.
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Tennessee has produced 21 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, including senior diver Ryan Helms in 2012. The Vols have been had swimmers and divers named CSCAA Academic All-Americans 46 teams, while the team has been honored for its academic performance by the CSCAA 11 times since 1991. Two Lady Vol Swimmers have earned the NCAA Woman of the Year distinctions, an honor given to a female student-athlete who who excels in academics, athletics and community service. Lauryn McCalley won the award in 2005 and Catherine Byrne received the honors in 1992.
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Vol Vision is a roadmap as we take the journey to become a Top 25 public research university. UT Knoxville has set its sights on the goal ahead, and this is the framework that will help us realize our potential as the leading public institution of higher education in Tennessee and beyond.
Who are we? The mission and values of Vol Vision allow all UT Knoxville students, faculty, and staff to align their efforts and activities around a common vision for the university and our future.
Where are we going? By identifying our strategic priorities and metrics for success, Vol Vision will be realized through plans for action that address implementation, resource allocation, and program assessment.
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