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Volunteer Experiences Transcript

The Volunteer Experiences Transcript is a record of a student’s participation in select experiences that occur outside of the traditional classroom. The University of Tennessee validates all information presented on a student’s Volunteer Experiences Transcript. Validation occurs within each program responsible for the experiences and is then maintained in a centralized system. Students do not personally enter any experiences onto their transcript. The transcript is an official document of the University of Tennessee.

The Five Volunteer Experiences


Students are able to gain leadership skills in a variety of roles/positions/experiences.  As a campus we believe leadership is accessible to all people and can be developed through a values-based process that is collaborative and relational.


Our campus defines community service/volunteerism as “action taken to meet the needs of others and to better the community as a whole” (Campus Compact, 1998).  Service does not include philanthropic events or time spent completing the task of a designated leadership position.

International Education

International education is an academic credit-bearing experience outside of the United States of America. Students develop professional, academic, and personal skills in international and intercultural settings. Their education abroad experiences are validated by the Center for International Education and may consist of one or more of the following: classroom study; independent study; internship; research; and service-learning.

Professional and Applied Experiences

Students participate in educationally- related work experiences that integrate knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.  These could be called internships, practicum, and field experiences, among other titles.

Undergraduate Research

Students work collaboratively with a research mentor on research projects. These research experiences prepare students for graduate school and/or employment opportunities. Research experiences validated by the Office of Undergraduate Research are activities beyond what is completed as part of regular course work but may include work completed as part of an independent study.

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Questions regarding the use and information included on the Volunteer Experiences Transcript can be directed the Center for Student Engagement:

2227 Dunford Hall

Phone: 865-974-5455

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