First-Year, Fall Entry

For students entering in August

Orientation sessions for first-year, fall-entry students are two-day programs held in June and July of each year.

New Details About Orientation

Multiple campus improvement projects, including the construction of the new Student Union, will impact campus pedestrian traffic on campus during orientation. Orientation participants will be required to walk up and down stairs to and from buildings.

Orientation Program

The cost for first-year, fall-entry orientation is $150 for first-year students, $50 for parents/guests, and $10 for guests 18 and under (no pre-registration required for guests 18 and under). Costs include all orientation programming, materials, four meals on campus for students & guests, and student accommodations for one night in Hess Hall (parent accommodations not included in parent registration cost).

Housing & Accommodations

The cost for guests wishing to stay overnight in the residence hall is $21.50 for a double and $26.00 for a single per person per night, payable at the time of check in (Visa, MasterCard, or personal check). Student accommodations for one night in Hess Hall are included in the Orientation Program fee. Since Hess Hall has community-style bathrooms, men and women will not be able to stay in the same room or on the same floor. Please plan accordingly when packing.  More information about staying overnight in Hess Hall can be found here.

Registration Changes & Refunds

There will be a $25 processing fee charged if you need to change your registration date.

Refund requests must be made in writing at least ten working days prior to your confirmed orientation session. Please note that a $25 processing fee will be subtracted from your refund amount. Your request may be mailed to New Student & Family Programs, 412 Student Services Building, Knoxville, TN 37996, or e-mailed to orientation@utk.edu.

Schedule information is currently being finalized. Check back here for more information soon!

Two-Day Orientation Housing
Housing in Hess Hall for students is included in your student orientation registration fee. However, housing for parents/guests is not included. It’s available in Hess Hall for an additional fee payable at orientation check-in (no advance reservations are necessary for parent/guest housing).  See the “Costs” section of this page for more information.  Additional information about staying overnight in Hess Hall can be found here.

Pre-Orientation
Fall entry, first-year students should complete pre-orientation before attending orientation. Pre-orientation will open May 1.

Students and guests who wish to arrive on-campus the day before orientation may do so without prior notification. While there is no formal programming planned, University Housing is prepared to accommodate early arrival students and guests in Hess Hall for the following rates:

  • Students: $18.55 per student per night
  • Guests: $21.50 for a double and $26.00 for a single per person per night

Payment is due at the time of check-in in the form of Visa, MasterCard, or personal check. Please note that due to the community-style bathrooms in Hess Hall, males and females will not be able to share rooms and students will stay in separate rooms from guests.  Please plan accordingly when packing. More information about staying overnight in Hess Hall can be found here.

Students who have been offered a space in the Chancellor’s Honors Program (CHP) and have submitted their CHP Contract via mail are encouraged to register for orientation sessions 31-34. These sessions coincide with the dates for sessions 1-4.

Once you have mailed in your CHP Contract, please allow time for receipt and processing. The Honors Program will notify you via email once you are able to register for an honors session. New Student & Family Programs staff is unable to register an honors student for an honors session prior to receipt and processing of the CHP Contract.

If you have mailed in your CHP Contract and are unable to register for sessions 31-34 after allowing time for processing, please call the Office of New Student & Family Programs at 865-974-4546 to confirm that you have been listed as an Honors student in our registration system.

Spaces in orientation sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so all students are encouraged to register for orientation as early as possible.

For more information about the Chancellor’s Honors Program, click here.

Ignite Program
This program is a unique opportunity for freshmen to learn about opportunities for involvement and life outside the classroom while meeting other new students and developing their leadership skills. Ignite participants learn about getting inVOLved and making a difference at the University of Tennessee.
All students participating in the Volunteer Bridge Program are required to attend orientation on June 30-July 1.  After confirming your acceptance of the program, you will receive more information about the program. To register for to attend the Volunteer Bridge Program orientation, click on the “Register for Orientation” link below.

The cost for students to attend the Volunteer Bridge Program orientation is $100 and the cost for guests to attend the program is $60.

For more information on the Volunteer Bridge Program, click here.

Step 2: Register for Orientation

Check the schedule below, and then log in using your nine-digit UT Student ID (000-XX-XXXX).

Reservations are made on a first-response basis, so please read the information carefully and respond as soon as you can.

You will receive an e-mailed receipt and confirmation after you complete your registration. Please check carefully to verify your session number and the date on your receipt. Contact the Office of New Student & Family Programs if you have questions: call 865-974-4546 or e-mail orientation@utk.edu.

Date CASNR Arch A&S Bus CCI CEHHS Eng Nur SW Expl
June 2-3 (M-Tu)* X X X X X X X X X
June 5-6 (Th-F)* X X X X X X X X
June 9-10 (M-Tu)* X X X X X X X X X
June 12-13 (Th-F)* X X X X X X X X
June 16-17 (M-Tu) X X X X X X X X X
June 18-19 (W-Th) X X X X X X X
June 23-24 (M-Tu) X X X X X X X X
June 25-26 (W-Th) ** X X X X X X X
June 30-July 1 (M-Tu) X X X X X X X X
July 2-3 (W-Th) X X X X X X X
July 7-8 (M-Tu) X X X X X X X X X
July 9-10 (W-Th) X X X X X X X

* Indicates orientation sessions where Honors Scholars attendance is encouraged.

** The orientation session orginally schedule for June 26-27 (Th-F) has been rescheduled for June 25-26 (W-Th).

CASNR: College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Arch: College of Architecture & Design
A&S: College of Arts & Sciences
Bus: College of Business Administration
CCI: College of Communications & Information
CEHHS: College of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Eng: College of Engineering
Nur: College of Nursing
SW: College of Social Work
Expl: University Exploratory