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Initiatives


At the University of Tennessee, we work collaboratively within the Division of Student Success and with our campus partners in the Volunteer Community to provide programming and services that are specific to the academic, professional, and personal goals of our UT student scholars. These initiatives share the vision with our departments of maximizing the success, persistence, and achievement of all Vols.

Learn more about our Initiatives

This new initiative at the University of Tennessee is a collaboration across divisions to enhance and support our scholars’ first-year experience when transitioning to UT. While it’s an exciting time for you, the scholar, to be joining our Volunteer community, we understand you may have questions and need the extra support and benefit of advocates dedicated to your success.

As a new first-year or transfer scholar at UT, you will be assigned a Vol Success Team – your academic advisor, academic coach, and a One Stop counselor. You are central to the team and you will co-create your UT experience with your Vol Success Team. Want to know more about who your team is, their roles, and what you need to do as part of the team? Click here.

Your first year at UT is important. You are meeting new people, seeing new places, and building new skills. To support you through this critical time, all students in their first year at UT will have access to numerous programs and activities to help ease the transition to Rocky Top and accelerate success. The Vol-First Year Experience is comprised of four key areas: New Vol Experience, Identifying Strengths, Vol Success Teams, and Vol First-Year Experience Seminars. Learn more about the Vol-First Year Experience here.

In fall 2021, UT will launch Vols Start Back, an initiative designed to re-orient continuing Volunteers to in-person campus life. Vols Start Back will re-engage students with the UT community through dynamic programming and opportunities to connect with faculty, staff, and peers.

UT Success Academy is a new approach to maximizing first-year Black and Latinx men’s transition to the Volunteer community and developing their strengths and potential through an innovative four-year customized infrastructure, experiential learning, community building, and transformative experiences, both on and off campus.

Get ahead, and have fun doing it! 

Don’t forget, your ultimate goal here is to get your degree.Summer is a great time to complete one or more key classes in a short amount of time. It’s also a great time to finish up general education classes to keep you on track to graduate.   

With classes offered in online, hybrid, and in-person modalities, you can have a Summer @ Rocky Top experience here in Knoxville or anywhere your summer plans take you!