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University of Tennessee System

The University of Tennessee System is the land-grant academic institution within the U.S. state of Tennessee, established by the Morrill Act of 1890. The system consists of comprehensive universities located in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Martin, plus a medical education facility in Memphis and an aerospace research facility in Tullahoma. By far the largest and most well-known of these campuses is the one in Knoxville, which outside the state of Tennessee is held to be synonymous with the University of Tennessee.

The total system enrolls 42,000 students, 28,000 of which attend the Knoxville campus. The university system is well-known for its nuclear engineering and logistics programs, and operates the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in conjunction with Battelle. The athletic programs of the Knoxville campus (mascot: 'Volunteers') are also very well recognized, as the football team won a NCAA Division I championship in 1998, and the women's basketball team has won numerous NCAA championships during the tenure of head coach Pat Summitt.

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Knoxville (UTK)

Founded in
1794, it now has an enrollment of 28,000 students, with 11,000 faculty and staff. It is known for its women's basketball team, the Lady Volunteers, which won six national championships between 1987 and 1998, as well as the men's football team, which beat Florida State for the 1998-99 national championship. Also notable at UT are the Body Farm and the invention of SNMP, the Simple Network Management Protocol.

The university operates two radio stations: student-run WUTK-FM 90.3MHz and National Public Radio affiliate WUOT-FM 91.9MHz.

Chattanooga (UTC)

The university operates one radio station, NPR affiliate WUTC-FM 88.1MHz.

For athletics purposes, the Chattanooga campus prefers to be known solely as Chattanooga. The school, known as the Mocs, is a member of the Southern Conference, competing in Division I-AA in football and Division I in all other sports.