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.
The orientation system will open at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, January 15th. Check back then to reserve your space. In early January, be on the look-out for a mailer from our office containing everything you need to know to prepare for the New Vols Experience: Orientation this summer. We look forward to having you join us and welcoming you to the Tennessee family!
You must confirm your enrollment and pay the $250 enrollment deposit prior to registering for orientation.
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.
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).
The Student Fee includes:
- All orientation programming
- Four meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Day 1; breakfast on Day 2)
- Accommodations for one night in Hess Hall
The Parent & Guest Fee includes:
- All orientation programming
- Lunch on Day 1 & Breakfast on Day 2, as well as an evening reception on Day 1 and a break on day 2
Parent accommodations are not included in parent registration cost.
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 email@example.com.
If you plan to arrive on campus for orientation the day before your session begins, you will check in at Hess Hall, no earlier than 4:00 p.m. See the “Housing & Accommodations” information below.
Student Day 1
7:30 – 8:15 a.m. Student Housing Registration, Orientation Check- In & Breakfast
8:30 –11:15 a.m. Morning Sessions
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Tailgate Lunch
12:15– 3:00 p.m. Introduction to Your College & Major (Advising Session #1)
3:00 – 6:15 p.m. Afternoon Sessions
6:15– 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 – 10:30 p.m. Evening Sessions
10:30 p.m. Return to Hess Hall
Student Day 2
7:00 – 7:30 a.m. Residence Hall Check Out
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast and Morning Sessions
9:30 a.m. Developing your Academic Plan (Advising Session #2)
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Orientation Sessions
1:00 p.m. Orientation Check Out
We are excited that you will be here this summer to participate in the New Vols Experience! Students will meet the Orientation Leaders, college representatives; learn about your academic curriculum as well as all of the opportunities here at UT. Student attendance will be taken throughout the day to ensure students meet all of the program requirements.
Parent Day 1
7:45 – 8:45 a.m. Parent Orientation Check-in & Breakfast
9:00 – 11:45 a.m. Morning Session
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 4:45 p.m. Afternoon Sessions
5:00 – 6:15 p.m. Special Interest Sessions
6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Parent Evening Reception
Parent Day 2
7:45 – 8:15 a.m. Residence Hall Check Out
8:15 – 11:30 a.m. Breakfast and Morning Sessions
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Campus Information Assistance Area
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.
Fall entry, first-year students should complete pre-orientation before attending orientation.
Student accommodations for one night in Hess Hall are included in the Orientation Program fee. If you plan to arrive on campus for orientation the day before your session begins, you will be responsible for the cost associated with staying the additional night. See “Early Arrival” below.
Parents & Guests
The cost for parents and guests wishing to stay overnight in the residence hall is $26.00 for a single room per person per night, payable at the time of check in (Visa, MasterCard, or personal check). 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.
Students and guests who wish to arrive on campus the day before orientation may do so without prior notification, starting at 4:00 p.m. 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: $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.
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.
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.
The cost for students to attend the Volunteer Bridge Program orientation is $150 and the cost for guests to attend the program is $50.
For more information on the Volunteer Bridge Program, click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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* 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