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Your first step to becoming a TRUE VOLUNTEER at the University of Tennessee!

CLICK HERE to Register for Ignite 2022


Ignite has a strong tradition on our campus, and incoming students have been participating in the program for over twenty years. Each year 1,000 incoming students participate—you do not want to miss out on this Volunteer experience!

Ignite is a fun way for incoming students (freshmen and transfers) to start their time at UT! Ignite shows new students what it means to be a true Volunteer and connects them with other new students as well as UT student leaders all while having the time of their lives!

2022 Ignite Dates

  • Ignite Knox Session 1: June 27-29
  • Ignite Knox Session 2: July 6-8
  • Wilderness Canoeing Session 1: July 6-9
  • Wilderness Canoeing Session 2: July 12-14
  • Explore: Climbing and Exploration Session 1: July 19-22
  • Wilderness Backpacking Session 1: July 26-29
  • Ignite Leadership Summit Session 1: August 2-4
  • Explore: Climbing and Exploration Session 2: August 2-5
  • Wilderness Backpacking Session 2: August 9-12
  • Ignite Leadership Summit Session 2: August 15-17
  • Ignite Serves: August 17-20

All programs are led by current UT students serving as Student Directors and Team Leaders.

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 June 1 for Ignite KnoxJuly 1 for Ignite Serves and Ignite Leadership Summit.

Apply for a 2022 Ignite Fee Waiver

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.


    • Meet hundreds of other UT students
    • Experience campus, the outdoors, or the city of Knoxville like never before
    • Participants have a greater success rate than non-participants in making it to graduation
    • Participants go on to become premier student leaders, serving in a variety of roles on campus



Ignite Knox is a three-day leadership and community engagement program that introduces students to our Scruffy City. Participants engage in conversations with UT alum and city leaders, tour the city, and participate in leadership activities.

Ignite Leadership Summit is a three-day off-campus camp-like leadership retreat focused on the Volunteer values. Students participate in a ropes course, team builders, and leadership activities.

Ignite Outdoors is a four-day outdoor trip filled with adventure, leadership, learning, and outdoor skill development for all experience levels. University of Tennessee Outdoor Pursuits staff takes pride in providing a meaningful experience for participants. With training in navigation, wilderness first aid, risk management, group dynamics, leadership, and technical skills, our leaders are well prepared to provide an enjoyable, learning adventure for students. The challenge of the wilderness provides many amazing opportunities to learn about how to cope with new challenges. This experience eases the transition to college life.

Ignite Serves is a three-and-a-half day service experience that allows incoming students to participate in local service opportunities, leadership programming, and social events. Participants serve local nonprofits, learn about UT traditions, and find out what being a Volunteer is all about!

What Former Ignite Participants Have to SayStudent with an Ignite shirt look up and the American flag in front of Ayres Hall

“I had the most amazing time and I met some people that I know I’m gonna keep with me for the next four years and this program has helped me make UT my home.” — 2021 Ignite Knox Participant

“I was able to meet new people, and build relationships with other people before classes began. I was able to get to know campus more, and got a peek inside some of the volunteer traditions, and what it truly means to be a Vol. As I was attending, I had the feeling that I did make the right choice, and I was where I was supposed to be.” — 2021 Ignite Serves Participant 

“The team building activities I participated [in] allowed me to grow closer to my peers and develop my leadership skills. I feel prepared to get involved actively on campus.” — 2021 Ignite Leadership Summit Participant