First-Year, Fall Entry

For students entering in August

Orientation sessions for first-year, fall-entry students are day-and-a-half programs held in June and July.

The online registration system for the New Vols Experience: Orientation is now open.

In early January, admitted students received a mailer from our office containing everything you need to know to prepare for the New Vols Experience: Orientation this summer. This publication contains valuable information on next steps after you’re admitted!

Click here for a quick to-do list!

Step 1: Confirm Your Enrollment

You must confirm your enrollment and pay the $250 enrollment deposit prior to registering for 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). Colleges are advising at sessions noted by “X” below. Do not make travel plans until you confirm your registration for a particular 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
X X X X X X X X X X
June 1-2 (M-Tu)* X X X X X X X X X
June 4-5 (Th-F)

Date change from mailer.
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)
Date change from mailer.
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 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 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 the New Vols Experience: Orientation (for first-year, fall entry students) is $150 for 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 Note: Students will be provided a pillow, blanket, washcloth, and towel. Please plan to bring bed sheets (full size bed) for use during orientation.

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 the parent registration cost listed above, however, limited space is available in campus residence halls for parents & guests during orientation. The per-person cost for overnight accommodations is $36 (private room) or $30 (shared room), space permitting. This additional cost is payable when registering for orientation online. Guests staying on campus will be provided a pillow, blanket, washcloth, and towel. Please plan to bring bed sheets (full size bed) for use during orientation.

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 newvols@utk.edu.

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

The program will begin with check-in at Neyland Stadium – beginning at 8:00 AM (eastern) on the first day of your assigned session. Most sessions will be held in the Alumni Memorial Building, with some programming taking place in your assigned academic college. The first day will conclude for students at approximately 11:00 PM.

Student Day 2

The second day of orientation will begin with breakfast in Presidential Court Café. Following breakfast, students will attend sessions in preparation for a final meeting with their academic advisor and course registration. We ask that all students plan to be registering for classes until 3:00 PM (although students typically finish earlier). Orientation check-out will take place in Hodges Library.

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

The program will begin with check-in at Neyland Stadium – beginning at 8:00 AM (eastern) on the first day of your assigned session. Most sessions will be held in the Alumni Memorial Building. The first day will conclude for parents and guests at approximately 6:00 PM.

Parent Day 2

The second day of orientation will begin with breakfast in Presidential Court Café. Following breakfast, parents and guests will attend additional sessions. Students will conclude their orientation program with course registration, and we ask that all students plan to be registering for classes until 3:00 PM (although students typically finish earlier). Orientation check-out will take place in Hodges Library.

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.

Pre-Advising 
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.

Students

Student accommodations for the night of your orientation session 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. Students will be provided a pillow, blanket, washcloth, and towel. Please plan to bring bed sheets (full size bed) for use during orientation.

Parents & Guests

Limited space is available in campus residence halls for parents & guests to stay overnight. The per-person cost for overnight accommodations is NOT included in the Orientation Program Fee. Parents & guests can choose from a private room ($36) or a shared room ($30), space permitting. This additional cost is payable when registering for orientation online. Guests staying on campus will be provided a pillow, blanket, washcloth, and towel. Please plan to bring bed sheets (full size bed) for use during orientation.

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 accepted their place in the program via their VIP account are encouraged to register for orientation sessions 31 or 32 (May 27-28 or June 1-2).

New Student & Family Programs staff is unable to register an honors student for an honors session prior to the student accepting their place in the program.

If you have accepted your place in the CHP and are unable to register for sessions 30 or 31 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 24-25, 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: Confirm Your NetID and Password

Once you are admitted to the University of Tennessee, you will be assigned a Network ID (NetID). Your NetID is the username associated with your accounts for the University of Tennessee. It also makes up the first part of your University email address: NetID@vols.utk.edu. You will need your NetID and password to login to register.

Step 3: Register for The New Vols Experience: Orientation

Check the schedule above in the “Dates” section and then log in using your NetID and password. See step 2 (above) for information about your NetID and password.

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 newvols@utk.edu.