Five Things You Should Know About Orientation

2017 Orientation Leaders

Getting the most from you orientation is key for your first year on campus. Here are five things you should know to get ready.

Soak it all in!

This is the first chance you’ll have to hear about what it means to be a Volunteer and what you should expect as a new student.

Go to every session and listen to what’s being said. It’s all important information. We encourage you to take notes. You’ll be hearing lots of information from ways to get involved to ways to succeed academically. 

Find ways to get inVOLved

Orientation is the perfect opportunity to learn more about all of the opportunities available to you outside of the classroom.

At the student engagement showcase, you’ll meet members of some of the more than 400 student organizations on campus.

You’ll also hear about ways you can get involved in different special interest areas of campus, including campus ministries, career development, fraternity and sorority life, multicultural student life, study abroad, student recreation, and more.

Get to know our awesome orientation leaders and other campus staff

There are thirty-nine orientation leaders just waiting to sing “Rocky Top” and dance for you. We’re not even kidding. Just wait.

You’ll be assigned to a group led by one of those leaders, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get to know many others. Say hi! Introduce yourself. Don’t be nervous—everyone is excited to meet you, including staff members who want to share all the reasons why it’s great to be a Tennessee Vol.

Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask questions—everyone is here to help you.

Make new friends

Small group shot from a 2016 orientation session

You can never have too many friends, right? Get to know the other new Vols in your orientation group. Many students forge lasting friendships with the people in their small group.

Just have a great time

We don’t really need to explain this! Orientation is a time for you to get to know more about your new home, meet new people, and start to find out about all of the exciting opportunities you will have as a Volunteer.

We can’t wait to welcome you this summer for orientation and look forward to seeing you around campus. Welcome home, new Vols!