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Volunteer Families

While our new incoming students participate in the New Vol Experience, as family members you’re initiating a transition to the Volunteer community as well. You will receive important information and updates regarding your student’s first semester at UT. We want you to learn more about the resources, opportunities, and people here to support your student, and join us in encouraging your student to take advantage of all UT has to offer.

Family Orientation

Family orientation will be taking place throughout move-in and is filled with free and optional opportunities for any new Vol family member or guest to engage with our UT community. From Aug. 10-14 we’ll be running Family Orientation each day. You can attend any event/sessions you’d like, how you participate is completely up to you!

The schedule will be available in the coming weeks. We will ask that families register in advance, however, it will be at no additional cost.

Stay tuned for more details VERY SOON.

Online Pre-Orientation for Families

All new incoming Volunteers participate in UT’s Online Pre-Orientation program. From academic success to student life, Pre-Orientation introduces valuable resources and opportunities available to you as a member of the Volunteer community.

Great news! We have a version of our Online Pre-Orientation program just for families. It might look a little different then your student’s, but you’ll still have the opportunity to learn about many of the phenomenal resources UT has to offer alongside your student.

Online Pre-Orientation is available for family members who are included on their student’s New Vol Experience registration. If your student has already registered, and forgot to include you, that’s okay! Just go to and click on “guest.” From there, you’ll simply create an account and have access right away!

Frequently Asked Questions:

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.

As much as we appreciate our Volunteer family member’s energy and enthusiasm, Big Orange Welcome is specifically designed for students only.