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Big Orange Welcome

Big Orange Welcome (BOW) is your in-person orientation to all things UT! BOW takes place during the first six-weeks of the semester. There are hundreds of events, both required and optional, all designed to welcome and support you during your first semester on Rocky Top!

All new students starting in the spring are required to attend Winter Welcome. You will select your Winter Welcome session during the orientation registration process. More details will be provided via email in early January!

Download the Vol Life App

The Big Orange Welcome schedule has ALL the details you need to know to successfully navigate Big Orange Welcome including which events are required, when and where events will take place, plus so much more.

The BOW schedule can be found on the free Vol Life App. Download the app by following these instructions:

  1. Download the Vol Life App
  2. Sign-up with your UT email
  3. Search and download “Big Orange Welcome” under “Find Guides”

Once downloaded, you’ll have access to everything we have planned. It’s important you read through the tabs. They’re all filled with important details you’ll want to know.

NOTE: The entire Big Orange Welcome schedule will not be updated for Spring 2023 until mid January. But you can download the app at any time. We’ll reach out once the schedule is available!

If you need accommodations for any of our Big Orange Welcome events, please contact Student Disability Services at or fill out their Accommodations Request Form . We’ll connect you with the appropriate office to work on getting you ready to actively participate.

Big Orange Welcome FAQs:

All students starting in the spring semester are required to attend ONE Winter Welcome session. You’ll select your session during the orientation registration process.

Winter Welcome is only a couple of hours! We’ll email you with a schedule and more details in January.

No problem! Just email and we’ll find another option.

Big Orange Welcome takes place during the first 6-weeks of the Spring semester! Most events are free to both new and current Vols. We encourage students to attend as many events as they can during this time!

No problem! We recommend contacting the Office of Student Disability Services by submitting their Accommodations Request Form. You can always contact them directly as well at

Download the Vol Life app! From there, search for Big Orange Welcome. That’ll give you access to every event we have planned during the first 6-weeks of the semester. You can even personalize your own schedule. Plus, we’ll send weekly notifications via the app to help you remember when certain events are taking place.