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Phase 1: Virtual Advising

While registering for the New Vol Experience (NVE), you will select a date to meet virtually with your academic advisor prior to the start of classes. Your advisor will reach out to schedule an exact appointment for your selected date, and provide additional details. Depending on your college, you’ll hear from your academic advisor at least 48 business hours before your selected date. If you haven’t heard from your college by that time, please contact New Student Orientation and we’ll make sure you get connected.

You will complete one-on-one advising with an academic advisor based on your admitted major. Your advisor will provide information about your academic college, course curriculum, and course registration.

Remember, you MUST officially register for the New Vol Experience and pay the fee first, in order to meet with your college. Your advisor will not have your information until you register.

UPDATE: If you selected a date in August, the goal is that you’ll be advised before that date. While there’s no guarantee, our academic colleges are working to ensure all students meet with an advisor and register for classes as soon as possible. Please check both your personal email and Volmail frequently, in case your college attempts to schedule an appointment prior to your selected date.

Pre-Advising 

All new students will need to complete Pre-Advising prior to their advising appointment. If you’re unable to complete Pre-Advising beforehand, you may be asked to reschedule your appointment.

Pre-Advising will provide information about your academic college, course curriculum, and course registration. It will only take 15 minutes to complete!

Tip: If you changed your major, make sure to give it between 24-48 business hours to be processed before accessing your Pre-Advising. This will ensure you receive content from the appropriate college!

Complete Your Pre-Advising


Frequently Asked Questions:

An advisor will reach out to schedule your appointment at least one week prior to your selected advising date. Attempting to contact them on your own will not result in an earlier Virtual Advising appointment. Remember, you MUST officially register for the New Vol Experience first in order to meet with your college. Your advisor will not have your information until you register.

Depending on your college, you’ll hear from your academic advisor at least 48 business hours before your selected date. If you haven’t heard from your college by that time, please contact New Student Orientation and we’ll make sure you get connected.

Contact New Student Orientation directly, and we’ll help you find another available date.

Depending on your college, you’ll hear from your academic advisor at least 48 business hours before your selected date. If you haven’t heard from your college by that time, please contact New Student Orientation and we’ll make sure you get connected.

All students are required to complete Pre-Advising before meeting with their advisor. if you don’t complete it beforehand, your advisor may ask you to reschedule. It only takes 15 minutes at most!

Yes! However, we encourage you to wait between 24-48 business hours before starting your Pre-Advising. This will ensure that your major change has been processed. Once your account is updated with your new major, your Pre-Advising will reflect your new college!

Read these instructions to learn how to set up your free Zoom account through UTK. If you have any questions or run into issues you can contact our Office of Information Technology at 865-974-1000 OR you can chat with a staff member.

Once your advisor reaches out to schedule your appointment, make sure to let them know and they will make the necessary accommodations.

UT takes academic advising seriously. Your academic advisor will help you develop your academic plan in relation to self-exploration, career exploration, and experiential learning. You can expect a one-on-one experience with an advisor who will introduce you to the curriculum in your program of choice. At the end of your advising appointment, you will have an academic plan which you will use to register for your first semester classes.

We don’t expect new students to know how to navigate their MyUTK and register for classes before their first semester. Pre-Advising will walk you through the necessary steps to register for classes. Plus, your academic advisor can be a great resource if you have questions or issues along the way!

Every college and advisor does things a little differently. If you’re concerned with the amount of time Virtual Advising will take, make sure to ask your advisor once they reach out to schedule your appointment.

At UT, we appreciate the value of familial involvement in their students’ educations. We encourage families to be involved and to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. During the Virtual Advising session, however, we ask that students be left to hold their advising appointment one-on-one.

Phase 2: Online Pre-Orientation will be available to those students registered for the New Vol Experience starting on June 1. Even if you haven’t met with your advisor yet, you’ll still receive a direct link to complete the platform at that time.

If you register for the New Vol Experience after June 1, you’ll receive a separate email about how to complete this requirement before the start of classes.