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


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

Ignite is a unique opportunity for incoming students (freshmen and transfers) to jump-start their journey at UT! Ignite participants learn about the university, discover their leadership potential, and connect with other new students and student leaders all while having the time of their lives!

Ignite program dates for 2018:

All programs are led by current UT students serving as Ignite Team Leaders.

No payment is required to register; we will charge your student account for the appropriate amount in August.



  • Meet hundreds of UT students
  • Experience campus, the outdoors or the city of Knoxville like never before
  • Participants have a greater success rate than nonparticipants 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 four-day leadership and community engagement program that introduces students who are not from Knoxville to our Scruffy City. Participants engage in conversation with UT alums and city leaders, tour the city, serve local nonprofits, and participate in leadership activities.

FacepaintingIgnite Leadership Summit is a three-day camp-like retreat in Asheville, NC for incoming students in which we hope to instill the University of Tennessee spirit and ignite students’ leadership potential!

Ignite Outdoors is a four-day adventure program conducted in partnership with the UT RecSports Outdoor Program. Participants practice outdoor leadership skills in the pristine backcountry of East Tennessee while backpacking, paddle boarding, and rock climbing. This hands-on outdoor experience is perfect for any skill level!

Ignite Serves is a four-day leadership and service experience for 500 incoming students. Participants move into their residence halls early and participate in local service opportunities, leadership programming, and social events. They learn more about the greater Knoxville community, develop close friendships, and discover what it means to be a Vol!

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


“My experiences at Ignite helped me define what it really means to be a Tennessee Vol and how to become a part of campus.” —Ignite participant

“Both of our children participated in Ignite their freshman year and became leaders in the program. It was a great introduction to UT and helped them meet new people in a smaller setting. I would highly recommend this program to incoming freshmen.” —Mary La Haie, Nashville 

“Participating in Ignite was probably the single best decision I could have made before stepping on campus.” —Ignite participant


Center for Leadership and Service
Division of Student Life

2238 Dunford Hall (second floor)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Phone: 865-974-1039 E-mail:

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