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How to Get Engaged

9 Ways to Get Engaged at the University of Tennessee

Getting involved and engaged at the University of Tennessee is a great way to compliment your academic experience.  Getting involved will allow you to gain leadership skills, get connected to the campus community, meet new people, and so much more!  Below are 9 ways you can get engaged at UT!

While, not an exhaustive list, these are great ways to get involved at UT! 


Join (or start) a Student Organization

With over 500 student organizations, there is an opportunity for everyone to get connected!  Browse student organizations on VOLink!  If you can’t find something you are interested in, it is easy to start a new organization.  Look out for the Student Engagement Fair taking place on August 20, 2021 on Pedestrian Walkway, starting at 6:00 pm!

Attend Campus Events hosted by the Campus Events Board

The Campus Events Board provides a balanced and diverse range of events that engages students and fosters an inclusive campus culture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. CEB is an important part of campus life and the Knoxville
community, drawing thousands of people to our numerous events throughout the year. From politics to ballet, blockbuster films to fine art, CEB brings interesting pundits and performers from around the globe.  Follow CEB on Instagram at @UTKCEB or find upcoming events on the UT Calendar.

Join a pre-professional or academic student organization

Many professional organizations have student chapters and many academic majors have a student organization connected to the major/academic program.  Pre-professional or academic student organizations are a great way to build a network, engage with research in the field, and meet mentors.

Look for opportunities to serve the Knoxville community

Service is a part of being a Tennessee Volunteer. The Jones Center for Leadership and Service strives to provide students with ample opportunities to give back to the community.  Visit the Jones Center for Leadership and Service to find upcoming service opportunities through the Sign-Up to Serve Calendar or to track your service hours.

Participate in the Homecoming Competition Events or Homecoming Events

Homecoming is a great time for alumni to reconnect to the campus and reunite with old friends. It is also a great time for current students to celebrate what makes the university truly unique and outstanding.  All Campus Events, or ACE, plan the Homecoming competition events. Save the Date for Homecoming 2021: November 8-13!

Join a Sport Club

Sport Clubs provide the perfect venue and resources for a wide variety of student led clubs. Sport Club members participate in competitive, recreational, and instructional activities, and their experiences range from competitive team play and national travel to casual involvement and outdoor adventures.
Clubs provide students with lifelong friends, a healthy lifestyle, and opportunities for leadership and personal development.

Join a fraternity or sorority

Membership in a fraternity or sorority offers students a unique opportunity to have a balanced college life with a focus on academic excellence, brotherhood/sisterhood, leadership development, service, and responsible social interaction. Membership also offers students the opportunity to make lasting friendships with individuals with similar ideals and common purposes. Learn more about how to join a social Greek organization!

Check out VOLink to find Campus Events and Student Organizations!

VOLink is a resource for all students to enrich their involvement experience at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Take some time to familiarize yourself with VOLink – simply click here and sign-in using your NETID and password.

On VOLink, there are tools available to track your involvement in organizations, search for clubs and organizations, match your interests with existing organizations on campus, or start a new group on campus!

Find more ways to get involved on campus with the Organization Resource Group! 

The ORG is a student-run organization advised by the Center for Student Engagement that exists to help all other student organizations on campus thrive. Through the management of communication channels between organizations, collaboration on programs and initiatives, and facilitation of development programs for organization leaders, The ORG works to provide resources and support that shape involvement at the University of Tennessee.