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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!

Welcome to Rocky Top will take place on campus in the Student Union, and dinner will be provided. New students only need to select ONE of the dates, and will register via the Big Orange Welcome schedule (see instructions below). All students will receive email and text message reminders. This is a required event, so it’s crucial that student’s register for one session ahead of time.

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 2022 until early January. But you can download the app at any time.

If you need accommodations for any of our Big Orange Welcome events, please contact We’ll connect you with the appropriate office to work on getting you ready to actively participate.