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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 this year’s Ignite 2023 Information Guide, 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 in the fall semester. 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! Vol Summer Visit is an optional one-day experience for incoming students that allows the chance to meet with their academic colleges. Though some dates conflict with Ignite 865, students can register for Vol Summer Visit for June 14 or June 22 (depending on their academic college) to enhance their summer Rocky Top experience.

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. Payment is required at the time of registration for Ignite.

Ignite On Campus: Ignite Program Check-In starts at 10am on June 15, June 20 and August 16. These sessions end around noon (June 17, June 22 & August 18). Note: Housing check-in is different than program check-in and usually takes place the day prior to program check-in, especially for the August session. Please check your housing move-in appointment and ensure it’s prior to the program check-in.

Ignite Off Campus Leadership Summit: For our West, TN location, we will be coordinating with areas of Memphis and Nashville for charter busses to pick up students. Ignite Program Check-In check-In will be between 8 & 9am on June 1. The West, TN experience will end at 4pm. For our East, TN location, Students will leave campus to head to the program site at 8am on August 16 will return to campus at 12:30pm on August 18. Note: Housing check-in is different than program check-in and usually takes place the day prior to program check-in. Please check your housing move-in appointment and ensure it’s prior to the program check-in.

Yes. The deadline to switch sessions is May 1, 2023. 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 There is a $25 session switch fee that you will need to pay, which you can access via the registration form.

Unfortunately, no. Due to the nature of the Ignite program and the necessity for early planning and purchasing of supplies, registration fees for cancellations areĀ non-refundable after May 1 for June Ignite Programs, July 1 for August Ignite Programs. Ignite Outdoors no refunds will be issued if registration is cancelled within 30 days of the trip start date.

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(s) you’re registered to attend. Note that refunds will not be provided unless the medical/family emergency documentation is submitted and approved.

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 please 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 the on campus or off campus experience in August, yes! More information will be provided for participants once the move-in schedule is finalized.

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.

If you are interested in attending Ignite AND participating in Panhellenic Recruitment, please select an Ignite session that is not in August. All August sessions conflict with the Pan recruitment schedule. Please visit this link to learn more about the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life and the Panhellenic Council.

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

West, TN Ignite Leadership Experience: We are coordinating with local areas to leave your vehicle, as you will be ride charter busses or 11-passenger vans to the camp facility. As of now, we will have charter busses stationed in Memphis & Nashville. Students may also drive to the facility in Linden, TN if closer to their home.

August Experiences : You’ll need a 2023-24 UT parking pass to park on campus during Ignite. 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.

Yes. We work closely with campus dining, caterers, and off-site facilities to ensure options for students with dietary restrictions and food allergies.