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Established in 1942, the College has a special mission to serve the needs of the state for advanced social work education. The College provides professional social work education programs that prepare undergraduate and graduate students for social work practice and doctoral level graduate students for social work leadership, research, and academia.

Social work is a unique profession: rich with meaning, action, and the power to make a positive difference in the world. Social workers are devoted to helping individuals, groups, and families in dealing with a variety challenges such as abuse, addiction, discrimination, poverty, and more. If this is something that speaks to you, we encourage you to explore the academic programs we offer and research that our faculty is actively pursuing.

Upcoming Events

  • May 24: Nashville Advanced Standing Orientation - 9:00am Central
  • May 30: Knoxville Advanced Standing Orientation - 8:00am Eastern
  • May 31: Summer session classes begin
  • August 10: Full and 2nd summer sessions end
  • August 14: Nashville Full time and Extended Study Orientation - 9:00am Central
  • August 20: Knoxville Full time and Extended Study Orientation - 8:00am Eastern
  • August 22: Fall semester classes begin

College of Social Work Ranked 25th Among All Public Universities

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Several colleges and programs of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville earned recognition from U.S. News & World Report in its 2019 graduate school rankings, which were released March 20. Three of UT's academic colleges are now ranked in the top 30 among public institutions - including the College of Social Work. The College is now ranked 25th among all public universities.

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Spotlight on Susan (Sukey) Steckel and the Grand Challenges for Social Work

In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the UT College of Social Work, we are honoring 75 social workers -- alumni, faculty, staff, and others -- whose work and lives exemplify the 12 Grand Challenges that have been identified by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

Sukey SteckelOur 44th Grand Challenger is Sukey Steckel whose work to increase awareness of the importance of preventing and mitigating Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in order to promote healthy development for children is recognized across the state. This month she received the notification that the grant entitled "Resilient Tennessee: Sustaining Resilient Organizations for Success (Resilient Tennessee)" has been funded.

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