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Big Orange Finish Line


November 27 – December 14

Whether you’re a first-year or senior, we know Finals Week can be an incredibly stressful time. That’s why we’re happy to offer Big Orange Finish Line from November 27 – December 14 as a way to help walk away from finals as stress-free as possible!

Check out the dropdown options below to find the locations, hours and events that will make up Big Orange Finish Line!

We’re constantly adding new events so make sure to check back to see what’s on the schedule!

Big Orange Finish Line is made possible through a collaboration between the Dean of Students, Student Life, Student Success, the Student Union, and University Libraries.

Academic Success Center

  • Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Perkins Hall, Room 121


Chem Tutorial Center

Hours Vary by Course. Click Here for Hours.
Buehler Hall, Room 513/Strong Hall, Room 303


Language Resource Center

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Building


Math Place

Hodges Library, North Commons

  • Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday: CLOSED
  • Sunday: 3 – 7 p.m.

December 6
Closed at 3 p.m.


Physics Tutorial Center

Hours Vary by Course. Click Here for Hours.
Neilson, Room 512


Vol Study Center

Strong Hall, Room 102

  • Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Hodges Library, Room 220K

  • Sunday: 12 – 9 p.m.
  • Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Pendergrass, Study Room E

  • Monday & Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Frieson Black Cultural Center, Rooms 208 & 209

  • Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Online (via Zoom)

  • Sunday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • NOTE: Times can vary depending on PLA availability

Zeanah, Room 275

  • Monday & Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Ayres Hall

1403 Circle Drive
Room 116 (Math Student Lounge) & Room 119 (Math Student Lounge)

Students can take advantage of Ayers to gain valuable Math tutoring throughout finals!

Hours

  • Thursday, December 7 & Friday, December 8: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9 & Sunday, December 10: Closed
  • Monday, December 11 – Thursday, December 14: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Devine Music Library

1741 Volunteer Boulevard

Hours

  • Thursday, December 7: 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Friday, December 8: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9: Closed
  • Sunday, December 10: 2 – 11 p.m.
  • Monday, December 11 – Thursday, December 14: 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Frieson Black Cultural Center

1800 Melrose Avenue
Frieson Black Cultural Center Library (BCC 113), Lounge (BCC 115), and Multi-Purpose Room (BCC 203)

These spaces are open to any students and usually first-come, first-served.

Hours

  • Wednesday, December 6 & Thursday, December 7: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday, December 8: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10: Closed
  • Monday, December 11 & Tuesday, December 12: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Hodges Library

1015 Volunteer Boulevard

Hours

  • Friday, December 1: 12 a.m. – Midnight
  • Saturday, December 2: 10 a.m. – Midnight
  • Sunday, December 3: 10 a.m. – 24 Hours
  • Monday, December 4 – Thursday, December 7: 24 Hours
  • Friday, December 8: 12 a.m. – Midnight
  • Saturday, December 9: 10 a.m. – Midnight
  • Sunday, December 10: 10 a.m. – 24 Hours
  • Monday, December 11 – Wednesday, December 13: 24 Hours
  • Thursday, December 14: 12 a.m. – Midnight

Judith Anderson Herbert Writing Center

Click here to make an appointment.

Hours

  • December 7: 12 – 9 p.m. (Hodges Library 220F, HSS 212, and Online)
  • December 8: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Online Only)
  • December 10: 4 – 7 p.m. (Online Only)
  • December 11-14: 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Online Only)

Pendergrass Library

2407 Riverside Drive, A-113

Hours

  • Sunday, December 3: Noon – Midnight
  • Monday, December 4 – Thursday, December 7: 7:30 a.m. – Midnight
  • Friday, December 8: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10: Noon – Midnight
  • Monday, December 11 – Wednesday, December 13: 7:30 a.m. – Midnight
  • Friday, December 15: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Pride Center

1502 Cumberland Avenue
Student Union, Suite 373

Hours

  • Thursday, December 7 & Friday, December 8: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9 & Sunday, December 10: Closed
  • Monday, December 11 – Thursday, December 14: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Strong Hall

1621 West Cumberland Avenue
Rooms 102, 102A, 102B, 102C, 127, 128 & 246

Strong Hall offers students various areas to study including informal spaces scattered throughout the building as well as a dedicated resource center and small study room.

Hours
Available whenever the building is open.


Student Union

1502 Cumberland Avenue
Main Lounges throughout Student Union and SU 362

Students can take advantage of the Student Union community spaces to study, connect and relax. Some interactive games (Giant Jenga, Connect 4, Checkers and more) will be available to release stress. SU 362 will also be set aside for quiet study.

Hours

  • Thursday, December 7: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, December 8: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Monday, December 11 – Thursday, December 14: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Zeanah Engineering Complex

863 Neyland Drive
Atrium, Room 258 (Tutorial Space for First-Year Engineering), Room 361 (Tutorial Space for Honors First-Year Engineering, and other Informal Seating throughout Complex.

Zeanah Engineering Complex offers students a great location to prepare for finals with informal and formal study spaces, as well as an Aramark POD on the first floor.

Hours

  • Monday, December 4 – Saturday, December 9: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Monday, December 11 – Thursday, December 14: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.


Big Orange Finish Line Events

ASC_Math Pizza Pop-Up with Arts & Sciences

12 – 1:30 p.m.
Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Stop by and speak with an Academic Coach and an Academic Advisor to learn how to prepare for finals! Sponsored by the Academic Success Center.


University Honors Group Coaching for the 1794 Scholars Program Showcase

5:15 – 6 p.m.
Zoom

University Honors scholars that are in their second year of the 1794 Scholars Program should join to discuss with Honors Coaches their 1794 Scholars Program Showcase project as well as the logistics of the spring 2024 Showcase. Sponsored by University Honors.

Vol Study Center/Veteran’s Success Center Collaboration

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hodges Library G020

Drop in and speak with a Peer Learning Assistant in the Veterans Success Center prior to the start of finals! Sponsored by the Veterans Success Center and the Vol Study Center.


Clothing Swap

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
21st Mortgage Plaza

Bring your old clothes and swap them with other students’. Sponsored by the Center for Student Engagement.


Orgsgiving

12 – 1 p.m.
Student Union, Room 377A

Come out for a thanksgiving lunch! We’re grateful for our student organizations and all their accomplishments. All organization members are welcome to attend! Sponsored by the Center for Student Engagement.

Vol Study Center/Veteran’s Success Center Collaboration

11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hodges Library G020

Drop in and speak with a Peer Learning Assistant in the Veterans Success Center prior to the start of finals! Sponsored by the Veterans Success Center and the Vol Study Center.


ASC_Chem Pizza Pop-Up

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Outside of Buehler Hall

Stop by and speak with an Academic Coach and an Academic Advisor to learn how to prepare for finals! Sponsored by the Academic Success Center.


Test-Taking Strategies Workshop

3 – 4 p.m.
Perkins Hall, Room 102

Get ready for your finals and join coaches from the Academic Success Center for a workshop focusing on test-taking strategies! Sponsored by the Academic Success Center.

Vol Study Center/Veteran’s Success Center Collaboration

10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hodges Library G020

Drop in and speak with a Peer Learning Assistant in the Veterans Success Center prior to the start of finals! Sponsored by the Veterans Success Center and the Vol Study Center.


Carnival of Delights

5 – 7 p.m.
Rocky Top Dining Hall

Popcorn and pretzels and prizes, oh my! End the semester by enjoying some fantastic carnival food, balloon activities and a DJ! Sponsored by Vol Dining.


Enchanted Forest

6 – 9 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom

Join us for a night under the stars featuring free food, crafts, and an incredible time! Sponsored by the Center for Student Engagement.

Stress Less for Success

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Humanities & Social Sciences Lawn

Enjoy a warm drink and engage in activities to help you de-stress! Sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Division of Student Success.


ASC Pizza Pop-Up with Haslam College of Business

1 – 2:30 p.m.
Haslam Business Building Atrium

First-year business students are invited to stop by and speak with an Academic Coach and an Academic Advisor. Get tips for preparing for finals and get some pizza! Sponsored by the Academic Success Center.

Take 15

During Operating Hours
Rocky Top Dining Hall, Stokely Dining Hall and Student Union Starbucks

Take 15 is designed to help you step away for a few minutes and de-stress with activities such as coloring and making stress balls! Sponsored by Vol Dining.


ASC Pizza Pop-Up with Herbert College of Agriculture

12 – 2 p.m.
Brehm Lobby

First-year agriculture students are invited to stop by and speak with an Academic Coach and an Academic Advisor. Get tips for preparing for finals and get some pizza! Sponsored by the Academic Success Center.


Aromatherapy at the International House

3 – 4:30 p.m.
International House, Room 100

International students are invited to come by for some aromatherapy as a way to help relieve some of the stress of finals! Sponsored by the Student Counseling Center.


University Honors Group Coaching for First-Year Students

4 – 5 p.m.
Zoom

Open to all first-year University Honors Scholars, this session will be held by Honors Coaches to discuss ways to help you succeed in University Honors. Topics will include program requirements and how to finish out the semester with success. Sponsored by University Honors.


Group Study Sessions with Vol Study Center

Times Vary
Locations Vary

If you’re enrolled in one of the below classes, you’re invited to attend a group study session led by a Peer Learning Assistant! Sponsored by the Vol Study Center.

  • MATH 131
    • 6:30 – 8 p.m. in HSS 206

Take 15

During Operating Hours
Rocky Top Dining Hall, Stokely Dining Hall and Student Union Starbucks

Take 15 is designed to help you step away for a few minutes and de-stress with activities such as coloring and making stress balls! Sponsored by Vol Dining.


Vol Study Center/Veteran’s Success Center Collaboration

12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Hodges Library G020

Drop in and speak with a Peer Learning Assistant in the Veterans Success Center prior to the start of finals! Sponsored by the Veterans Success Center and the Vol Study Center.


ASC Pizza Pop-Up with Tickle College of Engineering

2 – 3:30 p.m.
Zenah Lobby

First-year engineering students are invited to stop by and speak with an Academic Coach and an Academic Advisor. Get tips for preparing for finals and get some pizza! Sponsored by the Academic Success Center.

Take 15

During Operating Hours
Rocky Top Dining Hall, Stokely Dining Hall and Student Union Starbucks

Take 15 is designed to help you step away for a few minutes and de-stress with activities such as coloring and making stress balls! Sponsored by Vol Dining.


Group Study Sessions with Vol Study Center

Times Vary
Locations Vary

If you’re enrolled in one of the below classes, you’re invited to attend a group study session led by a Peer Learning Assistant! Sponsored by the Vol Study Center.

  • MATH 131
    • 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. in HSS 205 or via Zoom

Last Day Donut Break

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
21st Mortgage Plaza at Pedestrian Walkway

Cross the finish line on the last day of classes with a coffee and donut break! Sponsored by the Center for Student Engagement.


The Math Place

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hodges Library, North Commons

Drop in for some free tutoring and help preparing for your 100 and 200-level MATH course finals! Sponsored by The Math Place.


Vol Study Center/Veteran’s Success Center Collaboration

11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hodges Library G020

Drop in and speak with a Peer Learning Assistant in the Veterans Success Center prior to the start of finals! Sponsored by the Veterans Success Center and the Vol Study Center.


Music Wrapped Trivia

6:30 – 8 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom

Spotify Wrapped and Apple Music Replay come out each December and gives its users a list of their top artists and songs from the past year. There will be music trivia from all genres and categories. We will also have snacks and drinks to enjoy while trivia is played! Sponsored by the Center for Student Engagement and the Campus Events Board.

Take 15

During Operating Hours
Rocky Top Dining Hall, Stokely Dining Hall and Student Union Starbucks

Take 15 is designed to help you step away for a few minutes and de-stress with activities such as coloring and making stress balls! Sponsored by Vol Dining.


Group Study Sessions with Vol Study Center

Times Vary
Locations Vary

If you’re enrolled in one of the below classes, you’re invited to attend a group study session led by a Peer Learning Assistant! Sponsored by the Vol Study Center.

  • EF 105, EF 141, EF 151, and ME 202
    • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Hodges 220K
  • ME 202
    • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Strong 102
  • MATH 119
    • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Strong 126
  • MATH 125
    • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Strong 105
  • MATH 131
    • 2 – 3:30 p.m. in Hodges 213

Coffee with the Vice-Provost

9 – 10 a.m.
Hodges Starbucks

Celebrate Study Day with a free beverage and some encouragement from Vice Provost of Student Success Amber Williams! Sponsored by the Division of Student Success.


The Math Place

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Hodges Library, North Commons

Drop in for some free tutoring and help preparing for your 100 and 200-level MATH course finals! Sponsored by The Math Place.


Writing Help w/the Judith Anderson Herbert Writing Center

9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Hodges 220G, HHS 212 and Online

Make an appointment to speak with someone to help you with your writing assignments! Appointments can be made online here. Sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences.


Study Day with the Vol Study Center and Academic Success Center

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Strong Hall, Room 102 & Hodges (Back of Morgan Commons North near VSC, Writing Center and the Math Place)

Come celebrate Study Day! Meet with Academic Coaches, Peer Learning Assistants, and Supplemental Instruction Leaders. Plus, be sure to grab some free food and swag when you come! Sponsored by the Vol Study Center and Academic Success Center.


Chair Yoga

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hodges Library, Room 213

Destress for 30 minutes with certified Yoga instructor, Megan Fields! No equipment needed as we will be using Chair Yoga techniques that you can do anywhere and on your own – as long as you have a chair. Sponsored by the Academic Success Center.


Pancakes at Pendergrass

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching & Learning Center Concourse

Come out to enjoy some free food, including pancakes! Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor.


Silent Study Room

12 – 6 p.m.
Hodges Library, Room 128

If you need a Sensory Study area for students, please feel free to visit our quiet room in Hodges Library! Sponsored by the Advocates for Autism and University Libraries.


Makerspace Activities

1 – 6 p.m.
Hodges Library, Makerspace 209

Come out and enjoy some craft activities including holiday-themed origami, paper snowflakes, card and button making, and 3D pens! Sponsored by University Libraries.


Group Study Session for MATH 131

2 – 3:30 p.m.
Hodges Library, Room 213

Students enrolled in MATH 131 are invited to attend a group study session led by a Peer Learning Assistant! Sponsored by the Vol Study Center.


Late Night Breakfast

8 – 10 p.m.
Hodges Library, 2nd Floor

Made with love by Vice Provost of Student Success and Dean of Libraries Steve Smith! Sponsored by the Division of Student Success and University Libraries.

Take 15

During Operating Hours
Rocky Top Dining Hall, Stokely Dining Hall and Student Union Starbucks

Take 15 is designed to help you step away for a few minutes and de-stress with activities such as coloring and making stress balls! Sponsored by Vol Dining.


Group Study Sessions with Vol Study Center

Times Vary
Locations Vary

If you’re enrolled in one of the below classes, you’re invited to attend a group study session led by a Peer Learning Assistant! Sponsored by the Vol Study Center.

  • EF 151 AND ME 202
    • 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Hodges 220K

Plant Drop and Pot Decorating

8 a.m. – While Supplies Last
Pendergrass Library

Join the Plant Science Club for some plant dropping and decorating some pots! Sponsored by University Libraries.


Coffee with VIPs

9 – 10 a.m.
Pendergrass POD Starbucks

Celebrate Finals season with a free beverage and some encouragement from Vice Provost of Student Success Amber Williams, Interim Dean of the Herbert College of Agriculture David White, and Senior Vice Chancellor & Senior Vice President of the UT Institute of Agriculture Keith Carver! Sponsored by the Division of Student Success.


Makerspace Activities

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Hodges Library, Makerspace 209

Come out and enjoy some craft activities including holiday-themed origami, paper snowflakes, card and button making, and 3D pens! Sponsored by University Libraries.


Writing Help w/the Judith Anderson Herbert Writing Center

9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Online Only

Make an appointment to speak with someone to help you with your writing assignments! Appointments can be made online here. Sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences.


Hot Chocolate Bar and Coloring Pages

12 – 5 p.m.
Devine Music Library

Drop in for some hot chocolate and destress with some coloring! Sponsored by University Libraries.


The Math Place

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hodges Library, North Commons

Drop in for some free tutoring and help preparing for your 100 and 200-level MATH course finals! Sponsored by The Math Place.

Group Study Sessions with Vol Study Center

Times Vary
Locations Vary

If you’re enrolled in one of the below classes, you’re invited to attend a group study session led by a Peer Learning Assistant! Sponsored by the Vol Study Center.

  • EF 151 AND ME 202
    • 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Hodges 220K

The Math Place

3 – 7 p.m.
Hodges Library, North Commons

Drop in for some free tutoring and help preparing for your 100 and 200-level MATH course finals! Sponsored by The Math Place.


Writing Help w/the Judith Anderson Herbert Writing Center

4 – 7 p.m.
Online Only

Make an appointment to speak with someone to help you with your writing assignments! Appointments can be made online here. Sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences.


Hot Chocolate Bar and Coloring Pages

5 – 8 p.m.
Devine Music Library

Drop in for some hot chocolate and destress with some coloring! Sponsored by University Libraries.

Group Study Sessions with Vol Study Center

Times Vary
Locations Vary

If you’re enrolled in one of the below classes, you’re invited to attend a group study session led by a Peer Learning Assistant! Sponsored by the Vol Study Center.

  • EF 151 AND ME 202
    • 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Hodges 220K
  • MATH 123
    • 5 – 7 p.m. in Strong 103

Makerspace Activities

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Hodges Library, Makerspace 209

Come out and enjoy some craft activities including holiday-themed origami, paper snowflakes, card and button making, and 3D pens! Sponsored by University Libraries.


Writing Help w/the Judith Anderson Herbert Writing Center

9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Online Only

Make an appointment to speak with someone to help you with your writing assignments! Appointments can be made online here. Sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences.


DIY Snow Globes

2 – 4:30 p.m.
Devine Music Library

Make your own snow globes with recycled materials donated by faculty and staff! Sponsored by University Libraries.


The Math Place

3 – 7 p.m.
Hodges Library, North Commons

Drop in for some free tutoring and help preparing for your 100 and 200-level MATH course finals! Sponsored by The Math Place.

Writing Help w/the Judith Anderson Herbert Writing Center

9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Online Only

Make an appointment to speak with someone to help you with your writing assignments! Appointments can be made online here. Sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences.


Clay Gift Making

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hodges Library, Makerspace 209

Create a gift made out of clay. Clay and magnets provided; the rest is up to your imagination! Sponsored by University Libraries.


DIY Snow Globes

2 – 4:30 p.m.
Devine Music Library

Make your own snow globes with recycled materials donated by faculty and staff! Sponsored by University Libraries.

Group Study Sessions with Vol Study Center

Times Vary
Locations Vary

If you’re enrolled in one of the below classes, you’re invited to attend a group study session led by a Peer Learning Assistant! Sponsored by the Vol Study Center.

  • EF 141, EF 151 AND ME 202
    • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Strong 102

Makerspace Activities

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Hodges Library, Makerspace 209

Come out and enjoy some craft activities including holiday-themed origami, paper snowflakes, card and button making, and 3D pens! Sponsored by University Libraries.


Writing Help w/the Judith Anderson Herbert Writing Center

9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Online Only

Make an appointment to speak with someone to help you with your writing assignments! Appointments can be made online here. Sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences.


DIY Bath Bombs

2 – 4:30 p.m.
Devine Music Library

Scents are a great way to relax and what’s a better way to relax than with your very own handmade bath bomb?! Sponsored by University Libraries.

Makerspace Activities

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hodges Library, Makerspace 209

Come out and enjoy some craft activities including holiday-themed origami, paper snowflakes, card and button making, and 3D pens! Sponsored by University Libraries.


Writing Help w/the Judith Anderson Herbert Writing Center

9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Online Only

Make an appointment to speak with someone to help you with your writing assignments! Appointments can be made online here. Sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences.


DIY Bath Bombs

2 – 4:30 p.m.
Devine Music Library

Scents are a great way to relax and what’s a better way to relax than with your very own handmade bath bomb?! Sponsored by University Libraries.