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Phase 1: Virtual Advising

The New V.O.L. Experience begins with virtual advising appointments. Academic advisors will also provide information about course registration. From May to July, registrants will complete one-on-one advising and registration. Participation in virtual advising is required, and is your first step to success as a New Vol.

Prior to their scheduled virtual advising session, students will receive an email from New Student Orientation and their academic college with more information on Phase 1: Virtual Advising.

Here are some fantastic “Guides” to support you as you prepare for your Virtual Advising session! Take a look at the one that applies to you to ensure you have smooth experience with your academic college and advisor:

Transfer Virtual Advising Guide

Pre-Registration Lab

In the email from New Student Orientation, students will receive information about an optional Pre-Registration Lab for students to troubleshoot technology issues and engage with our student leaders.

Virtual Advising Appointment

Students will receive an email or emails from their academic college prior to their virtual advising session date. Email(s) will include information about how to prepare, tips for success, and their individual advising appointment. Arrival and amount of these emails will depend on the academic college, so students MUST check and read their UT email account for this information. If a student has not received an email from their academic college by 9 a.m. the day of their session beginning, please have them email

All times received by New Student Orientation or your academic college are EDT.

I am starting classes this SUMMER!
I am starting classes this FALL!


NOTE: If you need to change your Virtual Advising Session, you can do so by logging back into your myUTK. However,

  • If you are changing from a Fall session to a Summer session, you will need to reach out to us directly
  • If you are changing from a Summer session to a Fall session, you will need to reach out to us directly

Frequently Asked Questions

If you haven’t done so already, register for the New V.O.L. Experience on our registration site. Your appointment will take place on that specific registration date via Zoom. A representative from your academic advising office will reach out to you at your UTK email address with instructions on how to set up your virtual advising appointment at least one week prior to your registration date.

Please contact New Student Orientation directly at

All times received by New Student Orientation or your academic college are EDT.

We definitely understand that plans change. Therefore, if you need to change your Virtual Advising Session you CAN absolutely do so. Please email us directly at Plus, we will reimburse you for the fee difference!

There are specific sessions that our students starting this summer MUST choose from! Check out our registration page for an outline of dates.

We encourage those students admitted into an Honors program to select their session from one of our three designated “Honors” dates. You’ll be receiving an email to your UTK address from Honors around a week beforehand with additional instructions on how to participate in a specific virtual Honors session prior to your advising experience. However, there is no separate Honors orientation at this time.

Don’t worry! If you’re unable to attend of the specific Honors sessions or they’ve filled up, go ahead and select the earliest “non-Honors” session that works best for you. You’ll still receive the necessary information during advising AND will receive an email about one week beforehand from Honors with additional instructions.

You are still required to participate in all three phases of the New V.O.L. Experience. However, for Phase 1: Virtual Advising there are certain dates you MUST choose from.

Here are your requirements:

  • First-Year
  • Fall Entry
  • BEFORE July 5

If you follow those guidelines, you’ll be in good shape!

Yes! For those students participating in UT Lead, you will have the opportunity to engage with that team after you’ve completed advising and course registration. Make sure to check your Volmail or ask your Orientation Leader for the appropriate Zoom link.

Volunteer Bridge students still need to register through New Student Orientation. They MUST select one of two sessions. Either July 6-7 or July 9-10. From there they will receive additional communications with further details and instructions.

Zoom is a free virtual video/chat platform that will allow you to participate in your Virtual Advising Day. If you’re able, we ask you download Zoom prior to your Virtual Advising Day. Here’s the link!

Leading up to the start of Virtual Advising Days in May until August we will be offering sessions led by student leaders to assist students with preparing their technology. So be on the lookout as your Virtual Advising Day gets closer!

Please contact New Student Orientation directly at or 865-974-4546. We will do everything we can to make the necessary accommodations!

All fall first-year students will register for a 2-Day program. There will be required sessions during this time frame on one or both days.  Some individual advising appointments will take place on Day 1, however, some will occur on Day 2. Those assignments will be made by your academic college.

  1. Explore the Undergraduate Catalog.
  2. Complete your pre-advising homework prior to your appointment.
  3. Virtual Advising can be completed through zoom technology. During your appointment, you will want access to a quiet space, internet/wifi, and a computer, tablet, or phone. If you will not have access to this type of technology, please let your college know that when they reach out to you.

NOTE: Accommodations for students who do not have access to a computer and/or internet will be made by each academic college.

UTK 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 academic 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.

Additional resources will be provided to all students prior and during each phase of the New V.O.L. Experience. Please continue to monitor your e-mail for details.

Appointments will last 30 to 40 minutes depending on the college and specific degree requirements. Most advising experiences will include a presentation or video and an individual meeting with an academic advisor. That schedule will be shared by your college.

Students have until mid-June to make housing selections. The housing selection window lets a student know when they can start the process. If your housing selection window overlaps with your virtual advising appointment, students should make every effort to attend the advising appointment as missing the time slot can cause issues including a delay in course registration, limited course selection, and/or re-registration for a later virtual advising appointment.

At UT Knoxville, 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. We ask this for two critical reasons:

  1. Student relationships with their advisors are often the most important academic relationship during their first two years of college. Since we cannot meet in person, it is important that the student and advisor have space to get to know one another.
  2. Having your students share with you what they learned in their advising session helps them reinforce that information and provides a chance to identify additional questions. It will also help you begin the process of having productive conversations with your students about their academic experiences.