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July 18, 2014 | Contact Us

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Move-In Day 2014—Welcome to Your Home on Rocky Top!

The countdown has begun: move-in day for new Vols begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 16. We are excited to welcome you to Rocky Top. Campus and community volunteers will be on hand to help unload cars and answer questions. Take a look at University Housing’s list of what to pack here

Stay tuned for the August 14 edition of Vol Update, which will include detailed driving directions and parking maps for move-in day.

Invite Your Family to Get Involved with the Parents Association

You're starting college and gaining some newfound freedom. That doesn't mean your parents can't be a part of your UT experience. Tell them about the Parents Association, a resource for them to stay connected and support your success from the beginning to end of college.

Find Your Way Around Campus Before Classes Begin

During your first week at UT, you'll be moving around a lot for classes, events, and just exploring. Take some time to map out where your classes will be located using the interactive campus map, so you'll have an easier time finding them on your first day of class.

Vol Tip: Check this list of building codes to help you learn the language of our campus facilities. 

"The T" Makes It Easy to Get Around Campus

Get on board "the T" for an easy and free ride between classes. Twenty buses run on six routes throughout campus and the Fort Sanders neighborhood, giving you a super convenient way to get around your new home. The biodiesel buses offer USB charging stations and sweet bike racks. 

Vol Tip: Track bus locations by downloading the UT mobile app.


Take Care of Your Business Before Classes Begin

When you arrive on campus, you'll have plenty of things to do—from participating in Welcome Week activities to making new friends in your residence hall. Don't miss out on the fun by waiting until the last minute to take care of your financial business.

Vol Tip: Knock out the items on this checklist before classes begin.

UT Police Department Offers Safety Tips for New Vols

Safety is a top priority at UT. UTPD is at the heart of our efforts to promote safety. Officers want to remind you that a little prevention goes a long way in keeping you and your belongings safe. 


Get Connected through the Office of Information Technology

From the wireless network and e-mail to software and computer repair, the Office of Information Technology is your source for support and information. Learn more by visiting Are You New at UT? 

Vol Tip:
 Check the OIT Technology Checklist to make sure you are tech-ready when you arrive.  


Find Your New Club on GO Get Involved

Do you play quidditch? Ever wanted to learn kung fu? Interested in volunteering? UT has more than 400 clubs and organizations for you to choose from that cover a variety of interests. Check out GO website for a list of campus groups you can get involved with. 

Pack Your Orange for #BigOrangeFriday

Don't forget to pack your orange attire and wear it proudly every Friday! “Big Orange Friday” encourages everyone in the Volunteer family to wear our favorite color each and every Friday. Show everyone your best Big Orange gear by posting pics using #BigOrangeFriday.

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Welcome to Rocky Top!

Fall semester is just around the corner and I look forward to welcoming you to campus. I plan to see our new Vols at several of the events we have planned during Welcome Week. 

The next four years will transform your life, and I encourage you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity. 

We look forward to welcoming you to our Volunteer family. I will see you in a few weeks. 

Jimmy G. Cheek

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Show us what you're bringing to campus with #newvols. We'll share your most creative must-haves!

See You There

Campus Traditions You Need to Experience–Sunday, August 17:

New Student Picnic
The New Student Picnic kicks off a night of UT traditions. Meet your friends for food and fun. Following the picnic, there will be a processional to Torch Night.

Torch Night
This ceremony is a UT tradition since 1925. It's a special and inspiring event to welcome new Vols. 

Night in Neyland
Following Torch Night, the evening continues with Night in Neyland, a Big Orange welcome held in our stadium, the largest in the SEC. Learn some of the best-known Vol cheers and chants, sing “Rocky Top,” and more.

Check the Welcome Week website closer to move-in day for specific times and locations of the above events.

Dates & Deadlines

August 16: First-Year Students Move-In
August 18: Fall 2014 Fee Payment Deadline
August 20: Classes Begin

VolShop Store Hours
August 16:
8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
August 17:
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
August 18–22:
8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

One Stop Express Student Services Hours
August 16 and 17: 1 to 5 p.m.
August 18–22: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Visit the UT Event Calendar for more events and activities on campus.

For more news and updates, visit the UT Current Students page.

Visit go.utk.edu for a list of campus groups and clubs.

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