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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 go.utk.edu. 
    • 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.

Ready to become part of the Vols Start Back experience? Check back as registration will open on August 2nd 

Have questions?  Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or email us at VolsStartBack@utk.edu  

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.