For students entering in August
Orientation sessions for first-year, fall-entry students are two-day program held in June and July. One, one-day session is available in August, just before classes begin.
The online registration system for the New Vols Experience: Orientation will open in February 2019!
Admitted students receive 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.
You must confirm your enrollment by paying 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.
- May 30-31, 2019*
- June 3-4, 2019*
- June 5-6, 2019*
- June 10-11, 2019
- June 13-14, 2019
- June 17-18, 2019
- June 20-21, 2019
- June 24-25, 2019
- June 27-28, 2019
- July 1-2, 2019
- July 8-9, 2019
- July 11-12, 2019
- July 15-16, 2019
- August 15, 2019
* Indicates orientation sessions where Honors and Scholars attendance is encouraged.
Not all colleges will advise at each session. A complete schedule of available dates will be posted in early spring 2019.
AGRI: Herbert College of Agriculture
ARCH: College of Architecture & Design
A&S: College of Arts & Sciences
HCB: Haslam College of Business Administration
CCI: College of Communications & Information
CEHHS: College of Education, Health & Human Sciences
ENG: Tickle College of Engineering
NUR: College of Nursing
SW: College of Social Work
EXPL: University Exploratory
The cost for the New Vols Experience: Orientation (for first-year, fall-entry students) is $200 for students, $50 for each parent/guest, and $10 for each guest age 10 and under.
For the one-day August session on August 16th, the cost is $50 for students, $20 for each parent/guest, and $10 for each guest age 10 and under. Information regarding the orientation fee and schedule highlights for the one-day August session is available here.
The Student Fee includes:
- All orientation programming
- Five meals (continental breakfast, 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: Please plan to bring bed sheets (full-size bed), pillow, blanket, washcloth, and towel for use during orientation.
The Family & Guest Fee includes:
- All orientation programming
- Continental breakfast and lunch on Day 1 and hot breakfast on Day 2, as well as an evening reception on Day 1 and a lunch on Day 2
Overnight accommodations for parents and guests are NOT included in the parent registration cost listed above; however, limited space is available in campus residence halls for parents and guests during orientation. The per-person cost for overnight accommodations is estimated at $33 per guest roommate in Fred Brown Hall or an estimated $40 per guest no roommate in Fred Brown Hall (final costs will be posted once conference housing costs have been determined). This additional cost is payable when registering for orientation online. Guests staying on campus: please plan to bring bed sheets (full-size bed), pillow, blanket, washcloth, and towel.
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 Office of New Student & Family Programs, 2438 Dunford Hall, 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 Fred Brown Residence Hall no earlier than 5:00 p.m. See the “Housing & Accommodations” information below.
Student Day 1
The program will begin with check-in at Fred Brown Hall, beginning at 7:00 a.m. (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 9:30 pm with optional programming ending at 10:45 p.m.
Student Day 2
The second day of orientation will begin with breakfast. 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 5:00 p.m. (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 and 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/Guest Day 1
The program will begin with check-in at Fred Brown Hall, beginning at 7:00 a.m. (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 p.m.
Parent/Guest Day 2
The second day of orientation will begin with breakfast. 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 5:00 p.m. (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.
Fall entry, first-year students must complete pre-advising before attending orientation.
More information about staying overnight in Fred Brown Residence Hall can be found here.
Student overnight accommodations during orientation are in Fred Brown Residence Hall, which is 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. Please plan to bring a pillow, blanket, washcloth, towel, and bed sheets (full-size bed) for use during orientation.
Parents & Guests
Limited space is available in campus residence halls for parents and guests to stay overnight. The per-person cost for overnight accommodations is NOT included in the Orientation Program Fee. Family and guests overnight housing fee is $33 per guest for a shared room (roommate in Brown Hall) or $40 per guest for a private room (no roommate in Brown Hall). This additional cost is payable when registering for orientation online. Please plan to bring a pillow, blanket, washcloth, towel, and bed sheets (full-size bed) for use during orientation.
Students and guests who wish to arrive on campus the day before orientation may do so without prior notification, starting at 5:00 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: $27 (estimated)
- Guests: $33 per guest roommate in Brown Hall; $40 per guest no roommate in Brown Hall (estimated)
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, Haslam Scholars Program, Honors Leadership Program, or the 1794 Scholars and have accepted their place in the program in Academic Works are encouraged to register for orientation sessions 31 (May 30-31), 32 (June 3-4), or 33 (June 5-6).
Office of New Student and 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 an Honors and Scholars program and are unable to register for sessions 31, 32, or 33 after allowing time for processing, please call the Office of New Student and 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 Honors and Scholars Programs, 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.
All students participating in the Volunteer Bridge Program are required to attend orientation either July 1-2, 2019; July 8-9, 2019; or July 11-12, 2019. We recommend those who plan to start classes in the summer attend the July 1-2 orientation.
After confirming your acceptance, you will receive more information about the Volunteer Bridge Program and orientation. To register for the Volunteer Bridge Program orientation, click on the “Register for Orientation” link below.
The cost for students to attend the Volunteer Bridge Program orientation will be $200 for students and $50 for guests.
For more information on the Volunteer Bridge Program, click here.
If you are a Volunteer Bridge Program participant who is also a Tennessee Promise student, you will receive information about Tennessee Promise while at your Volunteer Bridge Program Orientation.
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 e-mail address: NetID@vols.utk.edu. You will need your NetID and password to login to register.
Registration for the New Vols Experience: Orientation is now open.
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.
Parents and families, join the Parents Association during orientation registration. You can learn more about the Parents Association here.
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.