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The University of Tennessee Logo

The logo is the primary signifier of our brand identity.

It must be present on all internal and external communications from the university. Depending on the medium, message, and audience, you may choose to use the university logo or a unit logo.

In addition to our logos, unit logo shortcuts allow campus entities to informally communicate their name and affiliation with the university in some instances.

Logo files may only be created by the Office of Communications and Marketing. Each college, department, center, and office has a logo liaison who has received official logo and unit shortcut files. If you need access to a unit logo or have any questions about using logos, contact your logo liaison or your college or unit’s communications office.

University Logo

The university logo combines two elements: the Power T icon block and the wordmark. Together, these elements uniquely communicate both our tradition of excellence and our position as a dynamic public research university.

Centered (preferred)

Left Aligned

Right Aligned

Download university logo files

Unit Logos

Some colleges and administrative offices may require that their subunits identify affiliation with their parent organization by using the parent organization’s unit logo. Logo unit lockups are available in the following configurations.

Centered Lockup (preferred)

Left Aligned Lockup

Right Aligned Lockup

Unit Logo Shortcuts

Student Life shortcut logo

The shortcut quickly communicates the name of a college, department, center, institute, or administrative office and its affiliation with the university. Due to the informal nature of unit logo shortcuts, their usage is limited.

A unit shortcut may be used in print communications as long as a full unit logo is also present on the same publication in a different design space. For example, you may use your unit shortcut on the front of a brochure and a logo on the back. If the piece is for use on campus only, the full unit logo is not needed.

Social Media Icons, Avatars, and Images

Student Life Icon

Icons (or profile photos) are available to all academic and administrative units with official social media accounts.

Though it is not required, this version is the only option if you wish to include the Power T or any other logo element in your social media icon. You should not use your unit logo or unit logo shortcut as your social media icon.

These icons may only be used as social media profile images, icons, or avatars. They may not be used in any other electronic medium, in print, or on merchandise.

Using Logos

Color Variations

Logos are available in three color variations. They may not appear in any color other than what is listed below.

Standard (preferred)

standard logo

Reversed on Dark

Reversed logo on Dark

Reversed on Orange

Reversed logo on Orange

Use on Merchandise

When designing merchandise, such as apparel and promotional items, you should use a logo in the standard color whenever possible. You must always use a licensed vendor to produce such items.

One-Color Logos

You may sometimes be limited to a one-color imprint on merchandise, due to budget constraints or product limitations. One-color logos may only be reproduced in Tennessee Orange or white on merchandise as follows:

  • Tennessee Orange imprint on a white, gray, silver, or clear background
  • White imprint on an orange background

Clear Space

Clear space is necessary to provide breathing room around the logo. This space, equivalent to at least the height or width of the icon block, must be kept clear of any other design element.
logo clear space

logo clear space

Minimum Size

To ensure legibility, logos must not be reduced beyond the following defined minimum size.

The centered university logo should never be printed smaller than 0.625 inches tall. When displayed on screen, it should never appear smaller than 75 pixels tall.

Horizontal university logos should never be printed smaller than 0.25 inches tall. When displayed on screen, they should never appear smaller than 30 pixels tall.

The minimum size is defined by the height of the university logo, even when you are using the tagline logo or a unit logo. Layout or proportions of files may not be adjusted to meet this minimum size standard.

minimum logo size graphic

Multiple Logos

You may not use more than one university logo, unit logo, or unit shortcut in the same design space, such as on the same page of a print communication. You also may not combine multiple unit names into one logo.

If you need to identify more than one university entity equally on a communication, you should use one logo, preferably the university logo, and list multiple units as part of the content or within the design.

Logo Dos and Don’ts

Below are a few quick tips of what to and not to do when using our logo.



  • Always include either the university logo or a unit logo in all university communications.
  • Always use the files created by the Office of Communications and Marketing and provided to your unit’s logo liaison.
  • Whenever possible, use the centered version of a logo in the standard color.
  • Always adhere to the clear space and minimum size standards to ensure legibility.
  • Contact your unit’s logo liaison or the Office of Communications and Marketing if you have any questions about using the logo or need additional guidance.



  • Don’t design a logo yourself. If you need files, your unit’s logo liaison will gladly provide them to you.
  • Don’t alter your logo files. This includes stretching, squeezing, skewing, or otherwise distorting proportions or adjusting the layout or design.
  • Don’t add anything, like words or images, to your logo.
  • Don’t separate the elements of your logo.
  • Don’t use the icon block or the Power T by itself, for example as a letter in a word or phrase.
  • Don’t use more than one logo or unit shortcut in the same design space.

Download main university logo files