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Families and Guests

Orientation registration for students planning to begin classes in Summer or Fall 2020 is now open!

New Student and Family Programs offer family programming during all orientation sessions. The family orientation program runs concurrent to but is separate from, the student orientation program. Through a variety of presentations and programs, family members learn more about their student’s college experience.

Attending orientation is a great opportunity for family members to ask questions about the University of Tennessee and truly understand their student’s transition to college. Our family orientation program is designed to be informative and engaging, and we encourage all attendees to be present for the scheduled orientation presentations and events.

Family members will receive a detailed schedule upon arrival along with a variety of other publications and resources.

Here are a few topics explored during family orientation:

  • University housing
  • Financial aid and scholarships
  • Dining on campus
  • Academic life
  • Campus safety
  • University health services

Due to space limitations, scheduling, and FERPA requirements, family members are not permitted to attend academic advising or be in the room while students register. Families are able to discuss their student’s schedule with them immediately following orientation. 


Students can preregister family members as part of their orientation registration. Family members can also be registered as walk-ins during orientation check-in. Cost for the orientation program varies by entry term. More detailed information can be found on these pages:

Housing Accommodations

For two-day orientation sessions, limited space is available in campus residence halls for parents and guests to stay overnight. Overnight accommodations are not included in the guest program fee. The family and guest overnight housing fee is $35 (before tax) per person for a shared room or $70 (before tax) per person for a private room. This additional cost is payable when registering for orientation online. Plan to bring full-size bed sheets and a pillow, blanket, washcloth, and towel.

Early Arrival (Not Available for All Sessions)

For two-day orientation sessions, rooms in Fred Brown Residence Hall are available for students and guests who wish to arrive on campus the day before orientation. No advance arrangements are required, although guests must be signed up for on-campus accommodations during orientation. Early Arrival Check-in begins at 5 p.m. in the Fred Brown Residence Hall lobby.

The cost for students is $28. Guests pay the same rate as during orientation: $35 (before tax) for a shared room or $70 (before tax) for a private room. Payment with Visa, Mastercard, or personal check is due at check-in.

Early Arrival will not be available before the following orientation sessions:

  • June 3-4
  • June 9-10
  • June 24-25