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Phase 3: Big Orange Welcome

Big Orange Welcome is HERE! We can’t wait to kick off the first six weeks, filled with hundreds of events and opportunities for you to explore campus and everything UT has to offer.

Keep in mind Big Orange Welcome takes place from August 13 through September 26, there will be required and optional events to attend, all designed to welcome and support you during your first semester on Rocky Top!

Big Orange Welcome is your on-campus and in-person orientation experience. The schedule is AVAILABLE! Here’s how you find it:

  1. Download the Vol Life App
  2. Sign up with your UT credentials (NetID + Password)
  3. Search and download “Big Orange Welcome” under “Find Guides”

That’s it! Once downloaded, you’ll have access to everything we have planned. Make sure to read through each tab. It’s filled with important details you’ll want to know.

If you need accommodations for any of our Big Orange Welcome events, please contact We’ll make sure you have what is needed to actively participate.¬†

If you are going through Sorority Recruitment:

We’ve worked closely with the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life to ensure you’ll be able to participate in both our required BOW events and your required recruitment events. Please view the below schedule of available dates/times of the required events you’ll be able to attend.

You’ll receive additional details during recruitment as well.

2021 Big Orange Welcome Schedule – Sorority Recruitment Required Events


Frequently Asked Questions:

Any new Volunteer can attend BOW. While all new incoming students have required events they must attend, most of our events are open to all first-year students as well.

Big Orange Welcome is Phase 3 of your New Vol Experience. For new incoming students, there are required events. However, not all events are required.

There are many required events for both new first-year and transfer students. Please make it a priority to attend these events. Attendance will be taken at most events. If missed, we may reach out with additional requirements.

Of course! Please contact directly. We’ll work with Student Disability Services to ensure you have all of the accommodations needed. Do your best to contact us no later than 48 business hours before the event.

The $240 fee covers ALL phases of the New Vol Experience, including all sessions, food, and giveaways during Big Orange Welcome.

Absolutely! You can do both. Plus a majority of the optional programs over the first 6-weeks as well! You can find Ignite registration HERE.

Yes! There are required events for both, but our offices work closely together to build a coordinated schedule to make sure you can experience both programs! Check out the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life for more details.