UT recognizes the needs of students who are interested in pursuing their education at the state’s flagship university, but may be unable to attend classes on the Knoxville campus.
The university offers programs at the Bachelor’s, Doctoral, Master’s, and graduate certificate levels in which all of the coursework can be completed through online instruction. These programs are considered Distance Education (DE) programs. DE programs are designed for off campus students and delivered via the Distance Education campus.
Students enrolled in Distance Education campus programs (aka fully online programs), pay fewer fees than students enrolled in on-campus programs/classes. Because of this reduction in fees, students enrolled in Distance Education campus programs do not qualify for the following services: University housing, Student Health Center access, student health insurance, Student Counseling Center access, RecSports access (e.g., Aquatics Center, TRECS), student tickets to athletic events, and commuter parking. Distance Education students do not have an option to pay the Student Programs and Services fee. Distance Education students are not eligible for Graduate Assistantships at this time.
Online program students should expect rigorous and interactive classes lead by UT’s world class faculty and instructors. Courses are delivered using Online@UT (Canvas), LiveOnline@UT (Zoom), and other digital teaching and learning tools.