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The university is preparing for the fall semester and the beginning of classes on Wednesday, August 17. We are planning to welcome approximately 7,100 new and returning students to our residence halls next week.

Our campus construction and the City of Knoxville’s upgrades to Cumberland Avenue will present some challenges to those traveling to campus.

Cumberland Avenue is open but reduced to one lane in each direction between Twenty-Second Street and Sixteenth Street. We recommend accessing campus by taking Neyland Drive to either Joe Johnson Drive or Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Andy Holt Avenue and surrounding streets should be avoided if at all possible during move-in days.

Volunteer Boulevard is closed from Pat Head Summitt Street to Todd Helton Drive as part of a streetscape improvement project. It will reopen Friday, August 12. Until the road reopens, westbound traffic on Volunteer Boulevard must turn left or right onto Pat Head Summitt Street.

The new Volunteer Boulevard garage opens Monday, August 8, for commuter and staff parking. The garage has more than a thousand spaces and will be equipped with smart technology. Until the Stokely Family Residence Hall is complete, the only entrance and exit is on Pat Head Summitt Street near Volunteer Boulevard.

The move-in schedule and traffic changes for each day are as follows:

Monday, August 8: First-year residents participating in the Ignite Serves and Ignite Knox programs move into their residence halls from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 9: Students who were enrolled in summer session courses will move to their fall semester residence halls from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 10: Residence hall check-in is open to women participating in sorority recruitment from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Twentieth Street will be southbound only from Caledonia Avenue to Andy Holt Avenue.

Thursday, August 11: Upper-division students and first-year residents participating in the second session of Ignite Leadership Summit will move in from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, August 12: Students will move into their assigned living and learning communities from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Andy Holt Avenue will be westbound-only from Pat Head Summitt Street to Volunteer Boulevard.

Saturday, August 13: All residence halls will open at 8:00 a.m. for first-year students. Andy Holt Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Volunteer Boulevard to Pat Head Summitt Street. Pat Head Summitt Street will be southbound-only from Andy Holt Avenue to Volunteer Boulevard. Twentieth Street also will be closed.