Howton, as someone who has attended both schools (UTK for a summer program and UA for college), I can say that both are amazing and it really depends on your personal values as to whether you might choose one over the other. I do like UA's campus better, but UT's is nothing to sneeze at. Really though, you're not going to college for scenery. If UA offers the program you want and UT doesn't, it seems simple to me. Having said that, I originally applied to all of my schools as a Biomedical Engineering major (which UT offers and UA doesn't). The differences for me were how much the college invested in me/seemed to want me (UA hands down over any school, although Lipscomb was persistent), the ease with which scholarships were handled (National Merit at Bama, vs. a smattering of scholarships including the HOPE which didn't quite cover expenses at UT), the strength of the Honors College (I can't speak much for UT's, but ours is amazing!), the Computer-Based Honors Program (a great opportunity for me), and some superficial things like housing, scenery, and football. I personally experienced a warmth from UA's students, faculty, and staff that wasn't quite matched anywhere else. I saw lots of opportunities blooming before me, and now as a sophomore in Chemical Engineering and Honors College leadership, I'm seizing them. But if you see similar opportunities at UT, well, that's your story to write. If you want a more in-depth comparison of my time spent as a student on both campuses, feel free to message me!