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Welcome, Class of 2018!

Your success as a first-year student is our priority. We think the components of Light the Torch will prepare you for success – not only as a first-year student, not only as a UT student, but in your life and career beyond college as well. Follow our advice below to discover how to get the most out of your first year at UT!

SSC First-Year Success Flyer

The University of Tennessee is dedicated to making your time here – starting with your first term until you graduate – successful, challenging, engaging and fun. Use the publication listed below as a reference tool on your path to success! Want more, check here for all of our SSC publications.

First Year Success Flyer


Academic Curriculum


  • Meet with a career counselor at Career Services
  • Take the Strong Interest Inventory and TypeFocus assessments at Career Services
  • Attend the Summer Job Fair hosted by Career Services
  • Apply for summer jobs within your major of interest and meet with people within your community about real-world career opportunities

Campus Involvement

  • Attend Welcome Week. Starting the day you move in, there is something to do, some place to go, and someone to meet. This is your first chance to really see what UT can offer you as a student.
  • Subscribe to Vol Update (weekly email of not-to-miss events and announcements)
  • Sign-up for Ignite Teams
  • Connect with UTK resources
  • Scout out the organizations you want to join and the leadership positions that would be a good fit for you

Civic Engagement/Service Learning

  • Talk with your advisor about how to include civic engagement opportunities and service learning in your undergraduate academic plan
  • Go on an Alternative Break Trip

Undergraduate Research

  • At your academic advising sessions, ask your advisor about opportunities in your intended college
  • Visit the Undergraduate Research website for general information about research opportunities for undergrads at UT