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During this spring’s Vol Success Week, Feb. 26-March 1, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is connecting students with resources for academic and personal well-being. Students will have the opportunity to explore programming focused on academic assistance, strategies for being successful, and tips for maintaining good physical and mental health as they prepare for midterms. Initiatives like Vol Success Week underscore UT’s commitment to changing the way universities think about student success, enriching the student experience and improving outcomes.

VSW_200x275-1.jpg“These events are designed to empower scholars with valuable resources, connect them with support networks and help foster a sense of community,” said Amber Williams, vice provost for student success. “We’re setting the stage for a successful academic journey by laying the groundwork for personal growth and overall well-being.”

Resources and programming throughout the week will be available from university units including the Academic Success Center, the Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration, Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, University Honors, the Veterans Success Center and the Vol Study Center.

The week will include a variety of events:

  • The More You Go, the More You Know
    Students who attend the Vol Study Center’s study sessions, supplemental instruction review sessions and drop-ins during the week will be entered to win a pair of Apple AirPods.
  • Coffee and Coaching
    The Academic Success Center will offer free beverages and the opportunity to meet with various coaches from the Division of Student Success.
  • Build Your Own Study Kit
    Students can create a study kit to help them during midterms.
  • Midterm Pump-up
    Students will learn about the Veterans Success Center while celebrating gratitude and playing games.
  • Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
    Undergraduate Research and Fellowships and fellow Vols will provide information on research and fellowship opportunities on and off campus.
  • Speed Coaching
    Rapid-fire coaching sessions will cover topics including academic guidance, career advice and personal development.
  • Vol Study Center Open House
    Students can drop in to the Vol Study Center to enjoy free swag and food while learning more about its resources.
  • Office Hours on the Ped
    Undergraduate Research and Fellowships will be available on Johnson-Ward Pedestrian Walkway with information about research and fellowship opportunities.
  • Success Workshops
    Special workshops will cover test-taking strategies and stress management.

Vol Success Week is the final event of Big Orange Welcome, a six-week program featuring hundreds of events to welcome and support first-year and transfer students during their first semester at UT. Students can use the Big Orange Welcome guide in the Volunteer Life Guide app to see a full calendar of Vol Success Week events.


Maggie Palmer (865-974-3993,