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.

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!

New Details About Orientation

Multiple campus improvement projects will impact campus pedestrian traffic on campus during orientation. Orientation participants will be required to walk up and down stairs to and from buildings.

Plan to attend an orientation session where you college/major is scheduled to advise (see chart below). College orientation sessions have yet to be determined – check back in early December to see when your college is advising.  Do not make travel plans until you are sure your college is advising for a specific session and that you are able to register for that session.  Register early – space is limited and fills quickly.

Date CASNR Arch A&S Bus CCI CEHHS Eng Nur SW Expl
May 27-28 (W-Th)*
Honors students
June 1-2 (M-Tu)* X X X X X X X X X
June 4-5 (Th-F) X X X X X X X X X
June 8-9 (M-Tu) X X X X X X X X
June 11-12 (Th-F) X X X X X X X X X
June 15-16 (M-Tu) X X X X X X X X X
June 18-19 (Th-F) X X X X X X X
June 22-23 (M-Tu) X X X X X X X X X
June 24-25 (W-Th) X X X X X X X X
June 29-30 (M-Tu) X X X X X X X X
July 1-2 (W-Th) X X X X X X X X
July 6-7 (M-Tu) X X X X X X X X
July 8-9 (W-Th) X X X X X X X

* Indicates orientation sessions where Honors Scholars attendance is encouraged.

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

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.

The Student Fee includes:

  • All orientation programming
  • Materials
  • Four meals (lunch and dinner on Day 1; breakfast on Day 2 and lunch on Day 2)
  • Accommodations for one night in Fred Brown Residence Hall

The Parent & Guest Fee includes:

  • All orientation programming
  • Materials
  • Lunch on Day 1 & Breakfast on Day 2, as well as an evening reception on Day 1 and a break on day 2

Overnight accommodations for parents/guests are not included in parent registration cost listed above, however, you can register for overnight accommodations in the orientation registration system for an additional 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

If you plan to arrive on campus for orientation the day before your session begins, you will check in at Fred Brown Residence Hall, no earlier than 4:00 p.m.  See the “Housing & Accommodations” information below.

Student Day 1

8:00 a.m.  Student Housing Registration, Orientation Check- In & Breakfast
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Morning Sessions
12:30-1:15 p.m. Tailgate Lunch
1:15-3:45 p.m.  Introduction to Your College & Major (Advising Session #1)
4:00-5:30 p.m.  Afternoon Sessions
5:30-7:00 p.m.  Dinner
7:00-10:30 p.m.  Evening Sessions
10:30 p.m. Return to Fred Brown Residence Hall

Student Day 2

7:00-8:00 a.m. Residence Hall Check Out
8:30-10:15 a.m. Breakfast and Morning Sessions
10:15 a.m. Developing your Academic Plan (Advising Session #2)
1:00-2:00 p.m.  Orientation Sessions
2:00 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

8:00 a.m. Parent Orientation Check-in & Breakfast
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Morning Sessions
12:30-1:45 p.m. Lunch
2:00-5:30 p.m. Afternoon Sessions
5:30-6:30 p.m. Parent Evening Reception

Parent Day 2

7:00-8:00 a.m. Residence Hall Check Out (for parents/guests who stayed overnight on campus)
8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Breakfast and Morning Sessions
1:00-2:00 p.m. Campus Information Assistance Area

Two-Day Orientation Housing
Housing in Fred Brown Residence Hall for students is included in your student orientation registration fee. However, housing for parents/guests is not included in the $50 guest orientation fee.  Guests can register for overnight housing in Fred Brown Hall for an additional fee when registering for orientation. See the “Costs” section of this page for more information about guest housing fees.  Additional information about staying overnight in Fred Brown Residence Hall can be found here.

Fall entry, first-year students should complete pre-advising before attending orientation.

More information about staying overnight in Fred Brown Residence Hall can be found here.


Student accommodations for one night in Fred Brown Residence 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 to be determined, and is payable when registering for orientation online.

Early Arrival

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 Fred Brown Residence Hall for the following rates:

  • Students: to be determined
  • Guests: to be determined

Payment is due at the time of check-in in the form of Visa, MasterCard, or personal check. 

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 or 32 (May 27-28 or June 1-2).

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 or 32 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 July 1-2, 2015.  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 $150 and the cost for guests to attend the program is $50.

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

Step 2: Register for Orientation

Check the schedule above in the “Dates” section, and then log in using your nine-digit UT Student ID (000-XX-XXXX). The orientation registration system will open on January 15, 2015.

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