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Ignite FAQ

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about the Ignite program. If you have a question that is not answered below or in the Ignite 2021 Participant Information Book, feel free to email us at or call us at 865-974-1039.

No, all students are required to attend certain events as a part of Big Orange Welcome. Ignite is an optional experience that allows you to enhance your UT experience and leadership style, ease your transition into the university and meet other incoming students before classes start!

Of course! Feel free to go to as many sessions as you’d like. You are responsible for the program fee for each session you register for.

The cost of each session is $200. No payment is required at the time of registration for Ignite Knox, Serves, and Leadership Summit. Your myUTK account will be charged for the appropriate amount in August. Ignite Outdoors payment is due at the time of registration and will not appear on your myUTK account.

Knox: Starts at 10am on July 7 (session 1) and July 14 (session 2) and ends at noon on the July 9 (session 1) and July 16 (session 2).

Serves: Starts at 2:30pm on August 9 and ends at 8:30pm on August 11

Leadership Summit: Students will leave campus to head to the program site at 8am on August 13 and students will return to campus at 12:30pm on August 15

Yes. The deadline to switch sessions is June 1, 2021. Please email your full name, UTK Student ID number, the session you’re currently registered for, and the session you want to switch into to

Unfortunately, no. Due to the nature of the Ignite program and the necessity for early planning and purchasing of supplies, registration fees for cancellations are non-refundable after June 1 for Ignite Knox and July 1 for Ignite Serves and Ignite Leadership Summit, and July 15 for Ignite Outdoors. If you have a medical or family emergency, documentation will need to be submitted to for a refund to be considered. If you need to cancel your registration, please email us prior to the start date of the session with your full name, UTK Student ID number, and the session you’re currently registered for.

Yes. We can provide rides from Tyson McGhee Airport and the Knoxville Greyhound Bus Station, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. To request a ride, email your full name, the Ignite session that you’re registered for, pick-up/drop-off location, arrival date and time, and departure date and time.

If you’re participating in Serves or Leadership Summit, yes! For Serves, you’ll be able to move in Monday, August 9th, 2021. For Leadership Summit, you’ll be able to move in on Friday, August 13th, 2021. Housing will contact you directly about your move-in timeslot.

You are expected to remain with the program during its entirety, so please do NOT schedule interviews, tests, or advising meetings during the program. Advising appointments can be made after the Ignite program has concluded.

Yes! We coordinate with the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, as well as the Panhellenic Council, to ensure that there is time for those interested in participating in recruitment to also do Ignite. To learn more about sorority recruitment, visit their website.

Outdoors, or Knox: Two weeks prior to your program, you’ll receive an email to your UTK email with a parking pass and parking location directions.

Serves and Leadership Summit: You’ll need a 2021-2022 UT parking pass to park on campus during Ignite Serves. You can purchase a permit by visiting UT Parking Services. If you do not wish to purchase a permit, there is street parking on the edges of campus that can be easily accessed.