Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville is the state's flagship campus & largest entity of the UT system. UTK's mission is to move forward the frontiers of knowledge & enrich & elevate the citizens of the state of TN, the nation, & the world. As a leading research-based, land-grant university, UTK embodies the spirit of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creativity, outreach, & engagement attained by the nation’s finest public research institutions. UTK offers over 300 degree programs. Upon accepting the governor's challenge to become a Top 25 public research university, UTK implemented a strategic plan to achieve this goal. For more information visit http://www.utk.edu/aboutut/vision/ & http://top25.utk.edu/.