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Welcome to the Tennessee Family!

For over 20 years, Ignite has been the premier program for welcoming incoming students to our campus. Every year, hundreds of incoming students participate each year as they transition to Rocky Top.

Our program aims to connect incoming students with other incoming and current students and facilitate experiences to promote social, personal, and leadership success for your first year of college. As an extended orientation experience, Ignite hopes to instill a passion for the University of Tennessee, inspire a commitment to student success, and ignite the leadership potential in new Volunteers.  Ignite is your First Volunteer Experience.


Ignite: Summit

 Ignite: 865

 Ignite: Outdoors

 Ignite: Evolve


Registration for Ignite is live now!


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.

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 2024 Information Guide


What former Ignite participants have to say:

My team leads and group played a big role in helping me adjust. They became a little family for me to really get started at UT, as well as, everyone else in Ignite really helped the college experience easier.”

— 2023 Ignite: Summit Participant

“The first night I was here I felt lonely and was afraid that I would have trouble making friends, however during Ignite, I became good friends with my group and we hang out almost every day on campus. Without Ignite I would not feel a strong sense of belonging like I do now.”

— 2023 Ignite: 865 Participant