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Preparing for Orientation

Orientation for Volunteer Bridge students is a two-day program and includes an overnight stay on campus. Families and guests are welcome to attend and discover ways to support their student during their time at UT.

Check-in takes place at Fred Brown Hall from 7 to 7:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on the first day. Students will head to Pellissippi State Community College for part of their orientation then return to the UT campus for dinner and the remaining sessions. The first day concludes for students around 9:30 p.m., with optional programming ending at 10:45 p.m.

Following breakfast on the second day, students attend additional sessions until orientation check-out in Hodges Library.

Housing & Accommodations


Overnight accommodations for students in Fred Brown Residence Hall are included in the orientation fee. Bring a pillow, blanket, washcloth, towel, bed sheets (full-size bed) and toiletry items.

If you plan to arrive the day before your session begins, you will be responsible for the cost associated with staying the additional night. (See “Early Arrival” below.)

Families & Guests

Family members and guests who have reserved overnight accommodations on campus (within the orientation registration) should bring a pillow, blanket, washcloth, towel, full-size bed sheets, and toiletry items. Student rooms are on a different floor, so pack separately.

Overnight accommodations for family members and guests are not included in the orientation program fee. See the dates and cost page for details. Housing accommodations are not available for family members and guests attending the July 8-9 or July 11-12 orientation sessions.

Early Arrival

Rooms in Fred Brown Residence Hall are available for students and guests who wish to arrive on campus the day before orientation. No advance arrangements are required, although guests must be signed up for on-campus accommodations during orientation. Early Arrival Check-in begins at 5 p.m. in the Fred Brown Residence Hall lobby.

The cost for students is $27. Guests pay the same rate as during orientation: $37.32 for a double room or $45 for a single. Payment with Visa, MasterCard, or personal check is due at check-in.