Welcome Week

A campus-wide celebration of new Vols


Welcome Week events welcome all students to Big Orange Country and help you feel at home.

Welcome Week Highlights

Torch Night

The Torch Night Ceremony is a Tennessee tradition observed since 1925 when all new students are formally welcomed to the university community. Each fall, upperclassmen symbolically pass down the Torch of Preparation to the freshman class.

Night in Neyland

Following Torch Night, your evening continues at Night in Neyland—a Big Orange welcome held in Neyland Stadium. Learn gameday cheers, hear from coaches and athletes, and belt out Rocky Top as the Pride of the Southland Band plays!

Life of the Mind Event(s)

Life of the Mind provides a common experience that also serves as your first taste of academic life at UT. All students will hear the author of this year’s book speak about its themes. You may get the opportunity to ask questions.