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Welcome to the Tennessee Family!

Ignite has a strong tradition on our campus, and incoming students have been participating 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.

Each Ignite has a different focus, but every new student encounters a similar small group experience, facilitated by two amazing student Team Leaders (TLs) and a faculty/staff facilitator.



Registration will open January 16.

Each session of Ignite costs $200. Payment is required at the time of registration.

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 May 1 for June Ignite experiencesJuly 1 for August Ignite experiences. 

Students in need of 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

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