UT students return to campus this week to the opening of two new academic facilities—the John D. Tickle Engineering Building and the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. It’s been sixty-four years since two all-new academic facilities greeted students for a new school year.
Welcome Week 2013 News
Members of the Class of 2017 will arrive on campus this weekend and take part in UT traditions and get to know the campus through Welcome Week activities that run through next Sunday. Classes begin Wednesday. Throughout the week, the 2013 Welcome Leaders – a team of 175 upperclass student leaders – will welcome, guide, and mentor the new freshman.
More than 4,300 freshmen—the biggest class in nearly a decade, with the most honors students ever—will begin classes on Wednesday, August 21. The incoming freshmen are an academically accomplished group, with average ACT scores and high school GPAs putting them among the top 10 percent of high school graduates statewide.
Noted environmentalist Bill McKibben, whose latest book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, is this year’s Life of the Mind selection for freshmen, will speak on campus on Monday. His lecture, part of Welcome Week, begins at 5:30 p.m. in Thompson-Boling Arena. While freshmen are required to attend McKibben’s lecture, the event is free and open to the public.
It’s finally here! Move-in day is Saturday, August 17, and it’s one of the most exciting – and busiest – days for our campus. As you make your final preparations for the big day, check out the University Housing website for a checklist of what to bring, and some items that should be left at home. Residence halls will open at 8:00 a.m. for all students. For maps and detailed driving directions for each residence hall, visit the Welcome Week website.
Welcome Week programs are vital to your success during your first year at UT. As a freshman, you are required to attend specific activities during the first week on campus. Required events include: Sunday, August 18, 2013 Welcome Week Small Group Meeting #1 4:30 p.m., various assigned rooms (See your Welcome Week name tag for your