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Vols Start Back

Are you returning to Rocky Top this fall? If so, Vols Start Back is your opportunity to re-connect with in-person campus life. Vols Start Back runs from August 14th through October 2nd and will re-engage you with the UT community through dynamic programming and opportunities to connect with faculty, staff, and peers. Student scholars who participate in Vols Start Back will 

  • Attend a virtual or in-person session to re-engage with academic and campus life resources. Mark your calendar for the in-person Vols Start Back Kick-Off on August 16th! 
  • Participate in engaging modules through a zero-credit hour seminar around key success topics including 
    • Academics & Careers
    • Social Engagement
    • Financial Wellbeing  
    • Mental & Physical Health 
    • Community Building 
  • Engage with faculty, staff, and peers through in-person programming designed to promote your success.  Each week during Vols Start Back, you’ll participate in in-person events designed to build upon the theme of each module. Here are a just a few of the many opportunities awaiting you 
    • August 16, 1-2pm, Student Union 270:  Vols Start Back Kick-Off.  Join us for swag, food, and fun as you learn about the Vols Start Back program and how it will re-connect you with the UT community 
    • August 20, 6pm – midnight, Student Union Plaza:  Student Engagement Fair.  This event is a part of the Vol Night Long Experience. Come learn about all of the ways you can get involved on Rocky Top. This late-night experience including activities, food, games, and more! For more information check out our website . 
    • September 8, 9am-4pm, Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration:  Choose Your Adventure:  Preparing for your Career Journey.  Careers are about both the journey and the destination.  Join us in the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration for resume tips, free professional clothing from Smokey’s Closet, and professional headshots 
  • Receive a $50 award for registering and an additional $200 award for completing the program.


Have questions?  Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or email us at  

Vols Start Back was created in response to COVID-19 and the primarily virtual university experience during the pandemic. Continuing UT students are eligible to apply.