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UT Welcomes Students to Campus for Move-In and Welcome Week

Thousands of students are returning to Rocky Top next week to move into campus residence halls for the fall semester! Many students will be participating in activities such as Ignite, Band Camp, and sorority and fraternity recruitment.

For detailed information about move-in, download the Volunteer Life app. The app includes a schedule of move-in dates and times, to-do lists, and loft and carpet purchase information.

As you finish packing, check out this list of things to bring and items to leave at home.

Hundreds of volunteers from the campus and community will be on hand Saturday, August 17 to welcome new Vols to campus and help unload vehicles. University staff will be stationed at various spots around campus to answer questions and assist arriving students and families.

Once you arrive on campus, go to the main lobby of your assigned residence hall, where staff will check you in and direct you to your assigned room.

The University Housing office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Magnolia Hall, located at 2107 Andy Holt Avenue.

University Housing will hold all rooms until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21. If you cannot check-in by then, contact the office at 865-974-2571 for an extension.

Welcome Week activities begin Sunday, August 18. New and returning students can enjoy events throughout the week. Welcome Week gives students a chance to settle into life on Rocky Top and make connections with other students, faculty, and staff.

Students are invited to cheer on the Vols at Rocky Top Rally on Sunday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Neyland Stadium.

Torch night, an annual tradition since 1925, will formally welcome all new students to the Volunteer community. Upperclassmen will symbolically pass the Torch of Preparation to first-year students. The event begins at 6 p.m. in Thompson Bowling Arena on Monday, August 19.

Other Welcome Week events include the New Student Photo, Big Orange Block Party, and the Welcome Week Green Bean Drop service project.

See the full schedule of Welcome Week events.


Did you know?

In 2014, the University of Tennessee opened Brown Hall, UT’s first new residence hall in over 40 years. The hall is named in honor of longtime staff member Fred D. Brown Jr., who created the Office of Diversity Programs in the College of Engineering. The Office of Diversity Programs supports students from underrepresented groups and was founded with just seventeen students in 1973.

Learn more about the University of Tennessee’s history and tradition at