I am currently a graduate student at UTK, and if you go there just remember: You must go watch football in the fall, everyone does it even grad students and law students (BTW it is a part of your tuition, so go you paid for it). Live as far away from campus as possible, because during home football games, you will never be able to leave your apartment because you will lose your parking spot, and get stuck in traffic. It is in the middle of East Tennessee, therefore 5 miles outside of town you are in the middle of nowhere. It never snows in Knoxville, so if you like winter, kiss it goodbye! It has mild weather, leaves started coming out a few weeks ago. Very pretty in fall, summer and spring, looks like North Jersey in the winter (No leaves to block all the slummy looking buildings, chemical plants and industrial plants). And finally, "Rocky top, you'll always be Home sweet home to me. Good ole rocky top, Rocky top Tennessee." Good luck!