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Vol Trivia: In what year was the university officially named the University of Tennessee?

Q. In what year was the university officially named the University of Tennessee? 

 

A. 1879. The University of Tennessee was founded in Knoxville as Blount College in 1794. It became East Tennessee College in 1807, and gained university status in 1840. It was designated as the state’s land-grant institution in 1869, and was renamed the “University of Tennessee” in 1879.