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The University of Tennessee community is committed to lighting the way for others.

We believe leadership is a selfless act, and those who are willing to step forward will be ready for whatever lies ahead.

Students getting their hands dirty, working at a fishery.

A place that
connects us

This is a place where mountains, rivers, and trails converge to connect us—and where connection defines our character. We listen and learn from one another. And we step forward. Together. We are Volunteers, after all. Support and community are what we do best, and our students find both every step of the way.

Student working closely with a teacher at the Veterinary School.
Student working in a Lab.

New heights,
new discoveries

Highly ranked programs. Check. World-class professors. Check. We pride ourselves on our academic excellence. But learning here extends well beyond the classroom walls. Volunteers roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. Join a research project. Perform with theater professionals. Collaborate with faculty in a community clinic. Our students are encouraged to take risks and are supported in their endeavors.

Dancer at an outdoor ampitheater.
Student athlete with a determined look on her face.
Soccer players on the field.

Leadership is a
selfless act

It’s not always easy to put yourself out there. But growth and opportunity are found when you light the way for others. The impact our students make while on campus echoes in the difference our alumni inspire around the world. For Volunteers, leadership is a way of life, and what happens here is a spark for making the most of everything that follows.

Student getting instruction from her professor.

Ready to
light the way?

Learn more about becoming a Volunteer.