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Move in day on UT campus. Photo by Shawn Poynter.

Media availability: Vince Carilli, vice chancellor for student life; Shea Kidd Houze, dean of students; and Chandra Myrick, executive director of University Housing, will be available to speak to media at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 17, in the lobby of Stokely Hall. Please contact Meghan Jagnow to confirm your attendance. 

Thousands of students are returning to Rocky Top this week to move into campus residence halls for the fall semester.

Around 7,700 residential students are moving into their home away from home at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Residence halls began welcoming residents Sunday, when students arrived for band camp and students who were on campus for summer activities moved in to their fall housing. Ignite Serves program participants arrived Monday. Students participating in Panhellenic sorority recruitment and Interfraternity Council recruitment move in Wednesday, as well as upper-division students. Ignite Summit participants move in Thursday. Students in living and learning communities will move in Thursday and Friday.

Move-in day for all other students begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, August 17. Classes start Wednesday, August 21.

On Saturday, hundreds of volunteers from the campus and community will welcome new Vols to campus and help unload vehicles. University staff will be stationed at various spots around campus to answer questions and assist arriving students and families.

Campus move-in traffic recommendations are available through the Volunteer Life app, the campus map, or as PDFs.

Welcome Week activities begin Sunday, August 18. New and returning students can enjoy events throughout the week. Welcome Week gives students a chance to settle into life on Rocky Top and make connections with other students, faculty, and staff.

Students are invited to get their first taste of the fan experience and cheer on the Vols at the Rocky Top Rally at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, August 18, in Neyland Stadium.

Torch Night, an annual tradition since 1925, will formally welcome all new students to the Volunteer community. Upperclassmen will symbolically pass the Torch of Preparation to first-year students. The event begins at 6 p.m. Monday, August 19, in Thompson-Boling Arena.

Other Welcome Week events include the new student photoBig Orange Block Party, and the Welcome Week green bean drop service project. View the full schedule of Welcome Week events online.


Meghan Jagnow, Division of Student Life marketing and communications manager (865-974-3725,