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New student experiences

Incoming first-year and transfer students will be supported through new initiatives.

Updated: January 15, 2021

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Orientation incorporates online and in-person experiences.
  • Welcome events are being planned in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Vol Success Teams will be assigned to new students to guide them through their first year.
  • First-year seminars with co-enrolled academic courses will help students get to know one another and connect to faculty and support resources.

Incoming first-year and transfer students will be supported through new initiatives.


Orientation, called the New V.O.L. Experience, incorporates both online and in-person experiences. Learn more about the New V.O.L. Experience.

Welcome events

Welcome Week will include UT traditions, academic and student life workshops, individual meetings with academic coaches, and activities on residence hall floors. Welcome Week activities will be a mix of in-person and virtual opportunities. All events will held in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Activities will include group socials, cultural immersion experiences, open houses, multicultural activities, and networking events for first-generation students, Honors and Scholars students, and veterans. Students can participate online or in person.

Vol Success Teams

First-year and transfer students will be assigned a Vol Success Team: an academic advisor, academic coach, and a One Stop counselor. The team will help students explore majors and careers, set goals, create an academic success plan, and understand financial aid and enrollment processes.

Learn more about Vol Success Teams.

First-year seminars

First-year students will take a first-year seminar and be co-enrolled in an academic course within their college. The approach will help students engage with peers, faculty, and staff within their college as they learn how to navigate campus life at UT.

First-year seminars will connect students to key resources such as the Academic Success Center and address topics such as health education and wellness, time management, career exploration, diversity and inclusion, and leadership.

Learn more about the Vol First-Year Experience.

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