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Welcome to the Tennessee Family!

This is your first Volunteer experience!

Ignite has a strong tradition on our campus, and incoming students have participated in the program for over twenty years. Each year, over 1,000 incoming students participate—as they transition to Rocky Top. Our program aims to connect incoming first-year students with other incoming and current students, as well as facilitate experiences to promote social, personal, and leadership success for your first year of college. Ignite is your first Volunteer Experience.



Ignite 865 & Leadership Summit cost is $200. Ignite Outdoors is $300. For each program, payment is required at the time of registration.
Ignite Outdoors is CLOSED for Summer 2023.

Ignite West Leadership Summit is CLOSED for Summer 2023.
Session 1 865 is CLOSED for Summer 2023.
August 865 is FULL for Summer 2023.


**Session 2 Registration will close on June 9**
**New Session – Haslam Vol Summer Visit Registration is Open**
**August Leader Summit remains open (and students still get to move into their Residence Hall early)**


Due to the nature of the Ignite program and the necessity for early planning and purchasing of supplies, no refunds are available for cancellations.  If a student has a medical or family emergency and wishes to cancel their Ignite session, documentation must be submitted to for a refund to be considered.

If space is available in the desired session, the switch will be made for a $25 processing fee.  The $25 processing fee will be placed on the student’s MyUTK account.  The deadline for June session switches is May 19, 2023, and for August sessions, the deadline is June 30, 2023.

Students needing financial assistance to attend the program are encouraged to apply for a fee waiver to attend cost-free. Ignite Fee Waivers are need-based. Applicants must attend an Ignite session to be eligible to receive the fee waiver. 

Ignite Participant FAQs   Ignite Fee Waiver App   Ignite 2023 Information Guide     Faculty/Staff: Ignite Facilitator Interest Form

What former Ignite participants have to say:

“I loved meeting people and building connections!! Also it has helped me a lot with learning the campus. I am from out of state so I knew no one going into this but I’m very thankful for this experience and what ignite has taught me. Also loved the service project!” — 2022 Ignite Knox Participant

“Ignite not only makes you feel more at home at UTK, but those relationships can go a long way in your search to find who you really are as a person and how you want to positively impact the world.”

— 2022 Ignite Serves Participant 

“The relationships gave me hope that I could and would make really good friendships at UTK, which was one of my biggest fears. It made me feel like I had definitely made the right decision to come to UTK, and that it would be something I wouldn’t regret investing my heart into in the future.” — 2022 Ignite Leadership Summit Participant