New Student Orientation
Orientation is an exciting opportunity for you and your family to explore our beautiful campus, get registered for classes, meet classmates, professors, and campus resources, and learn more about our academic programs, housing, money matters, and student life! We have two options for attending Orientation this summer:
1.) Orientation – Our traditional Orientation sessions are open to all new students and happen on Fridays throughout the summer:
- Friday, May 21
- Friday, May 28
- Friday, June 4
- Friday, June 25
- Friday, July 16
- Friday, July 23
- Friday, August 6
2.) Distance Orientation – For all students coming from a far distance, this session will be in the days before the start of the semester so that students and their families need only travel once. Distance Orientation will be August 20, 2021, and residential students (students who will live on our campus) will be able to move in to their assigned residence on August 19, 2021 between 1 and 8 PM.
To register for any Orientation session, just click here!
At each of our traditional Orientation sessions, our day looks like this:
8:30 AM Check In (at Martin Hall, #12 on our campus map, available here!)
9:00 AM Opening Session
10:00 AM Concurrent Student and Parent Sessions
12:00 PM Complimentary Lunch on Campus
1:00 PM Rotating Afternoon Sessions
4:00 PM Closing Session
Throughout the day, students can expect the following:
- Meet peers and upperclass students
- Get registered for classes
- Establish student email address
- Tour campus
- Have private meetings with Enrollment and Financial Aid
- Complete loan, scholarship, and other business paperwork
- Get set up for housing and parking
- Become familiar with the technology and student accounts our students use every day
- Learn about on-campus resources such as Student Resource Center, Student Life, Clinic, etc.
Six of our amazing current students lead our Orientation sessions, helping new students meet people and get acclimated to college life!
Jackson Tiller is a rising senior studying Business Administration Management while being a student athlete on the Competitive Cheer Team. Jackson transferred here from UTC the beginning of this Junior year to pursue his degree and also his love for cheer. Jackson believes that making friends and connections at orientation is what really sets the groundwork for your next four years of college, as these bonds are what got him through his freshman year of college.
Hanna Hargrove is a junior Elementary Education major from Tuscaloosa, Alabama and plays softball here! She has played softball since she was 5, and playing in college was her dream. She is really close with all of her family, who have always been so supportive of her and her goals. Choosing this college was easy for Hanna not only because of softball, but because of the community and how small it is. She graduated with 86 people in her high school class, so she wanted a smaller university experience to feel at home at!
Jana Williams is a college senior from Pensacola, FL. She is majoring in Behavioral Sciences with an emphasis in human services and counseling. She is passionate about politics and criminal justice. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends outdoors and knows the best places to go in Pulaski to swim. Jana is co-leader of La Conexion, a multicultural studies group at the University that is partnered with a ZOE Empowers group in Kenya to empower orphaned children to learn to provide for themselves and their siblings/families. She hopes to join the Peace Corp after college and possibly go to Law school.
Sandra Flores is a junior and is currently perusing a public health education degree. She entered college thinking of being a nurse, but after some great conversations with professors on campus, she believes public health is really her calling! Sandra runs cross country and track, and on her days off, she likes to go outdoors and explore. Sandra is also bilingual and has a dog named Smoky, who you will see around campus with her from time to time!
Hayden Galloway is an honor student majoring in Behavioral Science. As a sophomore, she has played for the Women’s Soccer Team for two years and plans to continue her passion through the rest of her college experience. Besides soccer, Hayden enjoys spending time with her friends and photography. She is also a member of our Student Government Association, which serves as a bridge between student voices and the University administration. Hayden believes that, as an orientation leader, she can express the love she has for her college to others.
Koby Houser is an upcoming senior, and is a part of the competitive cheer team. Koby’s major is psychology with an emphasis in Human Services and Counseling. Koby believes that having someone to help you out when you get started in college can help new students to get the nerves out and be really excited about college. Koby strives to be that person that people look up to and ask for help if they need it.
New Student Checklist
Enrolling in college can seem a bit overwhelming, but don’t worry! We will make sure that you have everything you need to be successful at the College! Below are links to all of the forms that you will need to enroll .
1. On-Campus Housing Application: Required of all new students who will live on campus.*
2. Off-Campus Application: Required of all students who will commute/live off-campus.
3. Parking Application Required of all students (both commuter and residential) who will have a vehicle on campus.
4. Immunization Verification Form (Coming Soon!) Required of all students. Should be submitted either via email to email@example.com or via fax to 931-363-9803.
6. Parent & Family eNewsletter Subscription: Recommended for all families of students
*New Housing Applications will only be processed along with the $150 Application Fee. You can pay the fee through the application, or click here. This form must also be accompanied by proof of meningitis immunizations.
While we encourage families to take advantage of our virtual tour, our campus is open for visits on an individual basis. Students will be limited to 2 guests and will be asked to practice social distancing and precautionary measures, i.e. wearing a face mask.
Tours are included as part of Orientation dates, but if you’d like to schedule one outside of those dates, please do so with our Admissions Office (931-363-9800 or firstname.lastname@example.org)!
You can also find a map of our campus here!
RedHawk Welcome Week
Welcome Week is a multi-day celebration of a new year and a fresh start!
A tentative schedule for 2021 is below, and more information about Welcome Week 2021 will be coming soon!
August 19: Move In Day for Distance Orientation Attendees only
August 20: Distance Orientation
August 21: Move In Day for All New Students
August 22: First-Year-Experience Classes for All New Students
August 23: First-Year-Experience Classes for All New Students
August 24: First-Year-Experience Classes for All New Students
August 25: First Day of All Other Classes
August 26: Welcome Back Block Party
August 27: Welcome Back Concert
Current UT Southern students lead our Orientation sessions, helping new students meet people and get acclimated to college life! 2021 Orientation leader will be announced soon!
Apply to be an Orientation Leader
Orientation Leaders lead each of our in-person Orientation sessions and assist with Welcome Week in Fall 2021! OL’s receive a $550 stipend, up to 3 free credit hours after summer aid is applied (fees still apply), and a discounted summer housing rate. OL’s also receive leadership training and experience, conflict resolution and mentoring training, and individualized support from the College.
OL’s must be current full-time UT Southern students in good academic and judicial good standing with an outgoing, hospitable personality, a strong knowledge of life at UT Southern, a positive attitude, willingness to energize a group and help break the ice, ability to serve as a role model for new students and to present self and The University of Tennessee Southern in a professional manner.
To apply for an Orientation Leader position for 2021, students should complete the OL Application before March 10.
Please note that OL’s and Summer RA’s are now two separate roles! The Summer RA Application is here, and is also due March 10.
Life 1st Year
Reading Your Class Schedule
Abbreviations for Academic Departments
(i.e. ENG = English)
- ART = ART
- BIO = BIOLOGY
- BUS = BUSINESS
- CHE = CHEMISTRY
- COMM = COMMUNICATION
- CJ = CRIMINAL JUSTICE
- DRA = DRAMA
- EDU = EDUCATION
- ENG = ENGLISH
- FLG = FOREIGN LANGUAGE
- FYE = FIRST YEAR SEMINAR
- HIS = HISTORY
- HON = HONORS
- HPPE = HUMAN PERFORMANCE & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
- HUM = HUMANITIES
- ID = INTERDEPARTMENTAL
- LBA = LIBERAL ARTS
- LIB = LIBRARY SCIENCE
- MIS = MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
- MAT = MATHEMATICS
- MUS = MUSIC
- MUA = APPLIED MUSIC COURSES
- NUR = NURSING – PRE-LICENSURE BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM
- PHY = PHYSICAL SCIENCE
- PHY = PHYSICS
- POLS = POLITICAL SCIENCE
- PSY = PSYCHOLOGY
- REL = RELIGION
- SOW = SOCIAL WORK
- SOC = SOCIOLOGY
- SPM = SPORT MANAGEMENT
- SUST = SUSTAINABILITY
- TUT = TUTOR TRAINING PRACTICUM
Need some more help? Contact our Registrar’s Office!
DR. CHRIS MATTINGLY, REGISTRAR
Office: Colonial Hall, 2nd Floor
CASEY CAPPS, DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC ADVISING
Office: Colonial Hall, 2nd Floor
KYLA YOUNG, ASSISTANT REGISTRAR
Office: Colonial Hall, 2nd Floor
College Vocabulary 101
Starting college is a little like visiting another country for the first time! There are new customs to learn, rules to observe, and vocabulary to become familiar with. Here are some college terms you should know.
Adjunct Professor – Course instructors that are employed by the College on a contractual part-time basis.
Academic Advisor – A member of the faculty who will help a student plan his or her program of study each semester: this faculty member teaches in the student’s major.
Academic Standing – a student’s academic status. To be considered in ‘good’ academic standing, a student must maintain a minimum grade point average that increases with the number of credits completed. A student whose average falls below the minimum will be required to reduce his or her schedule (i.e. take fewer courses each semester) until that minimum is matched.
Associate Professor – Course instructors that have previously served as an assistant professor. This is often the step before becoming a full professor.
CAMS – The College’s student information and registration system. CAMS allows students to view their academic and financial records.
Catalog – The official publication of the College which lists the faculty, programs, course descriptions, college regulations, and requirements for graduation.
Commencement – The day when degrees are conferred: also known as graduation, almost always the first Saturday in May.
Convocation – A ceremony marking the beginning of a new academic year and the recognition of honors work at UT Southern. The two occasions at which the College president and faculty gather in full regalia in a formal academic setting focused on students are opening convocation and Commencement.
Corequisite – A course that must be taken at the same time (in the same semester) as another course. (For example, a student taking BIO111 is required to also take BIO111L, which is a corequisite lab, that same semester.)
Credit Hours – The semester “credit hour” is the unit of instruction at the College. The College awards one credit hour for an amount of student work that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct instruction and two hours of out-of-class student work per week for a semester. A major at the College consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework, and all students are required to complete an approved major in order to receive a baccalaureate degree. A minor at the College requires a minimum of 18 credits hours of coursework. Students should speak with their advisor to determine the exact number of credit hours they need for their curriculum. The College requires 121 credit hours for completion of the 4-year degree.
Curriculum – All the courses that a college offers for credit; for graduation, an approved program of study leading to either the associate (2-year) or baccalaureate (4-year) degree.
Dean’s Honors List – An honor conferred upon students in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement. To qualify, a student must be a full-time student with a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher, with no grade of “F” (Failure) or “I” (Incomplete).
Degree Requirements – The courses and grade-point average required for graduation from the College.
Drop/Add Period – A time (usually the first week of classes) when students may make changes in their academic schedules without academic penalty.
Drop/Add Form – A paperwork procedure required for a student to drop, add or change a course after the Drop/Add period is over. This form can be obtained from and processed by the Registrar’s Office and must be accompanied by a fee of $25.
Elective – A course that a student chooses to take in fulfillment of his or her degree requirements outside of the required courses for that major. Almost every major allows students to take some electives.
Faculty – The academic staff of a university: professors of various ranks. Instructors, and/or researchers. Anyone who teaches classes at the College is part of the faculty. All faculty at the College have teaching as their most important priority. Faculty may be full-time or part-time. Based on degrees and time teaching or working. Faculty range rank from full professor, a faculty member who has a doctorate, has a good deal of experience, and usually has done serious research or given presentations; associate professor, a faculty member who has a doctorate, almost a decade of experience in teaching, and is an active scholar; an assistant professor who usually has a new doctorate, is gaining experience, and is in the midst of developing scholarship and presentations; and instructor who has a master’s advanced.
First Year Experience Program (FYE) – A series of programs and projects aimed at helping new students feel welcome and comfortable at the College. The FYE begins with the FYE Seminar, a course taken during the fall semester of student’s first year at the College. Other elements of the FYE include a campus-wide Day of Service ( a daylong series of campus and community service projects involving students, faculty, and administration in charitable and fundraising activities); a series of workshops, known as “Conversations About the College devoted to important college issues.
Full-Time Student – A student who is enrolled in at least twelve credits a semester.
Grade-Point Average (GPA) – A student’s academic average.
Hold – A “freeze” imposed on the records of students who are in arrears to the College or who have failed to comply with a College policy or regulation.
Honor Code – Guidelines for student’s behavior on and off the campus, including in the classroom. A physical copy of the Honor Code can be picked up in the Campus Life House.
Honors – A program of enriched classes in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and other subjects. Honors classes are open to incoming freshmen who achieve at least a 25 ACT score and a minimum of 3.0 GPA in high school. Honors classes are also open to the College’s students if they have a cumulative 3.0 GPA after their first semester of at least 15 hours at the College. Students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in order to continue in the Honors Program.
Humanities – A term that refers to courses offered in the following academic areas; literature, writing, speech, drama, music, art, religion, and philosophy. Your academic advisor will guide you as you complete the requirements (college courses) that fall under Humanities.
Immunizations – A requirement of students to furnish proof of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella. Students who do not demonstrate recommended positive test results may be required to repeat the required immunizations. All students must submit proof of immunization in order to continue enrollment.
Orientation Frequently Asked Questions
How do I log in to my UT Southern Account?
- Get your credentials. Credentials are your Student ID Number, Username, and temporary Password. Your credentials are securely emailed to you before Orientation. If have already attended Orientation and didn’t receive them, please let us know!
- Student ID Numbers usually look like: M0000009999
- Usernames usually look like: asmith9999 (Usernames are also your email address, i.e. email@example.com)
- Visit https://portal.www.utsouthern.edu/ to access your accounts!
When does school start?
Our current start date (COVID-19 dependent) is September 10, 2020 for regular courses. First Year Experience classes, as well as night and Masters-level courses, may start earlier in the week. You can find our Academic Calendar here with more details!
What shots do I need before I start school?
Different students have different immunization requirements, detailed here. Use the chart below as a guide! (The University of Tennessee Southern currently does not require COVID-19 antibody testing.)
|I will be living on|
|I will not be living on campus.|
|I graduated from high school in the state of Tennessee after 2016.||Hepatitis B Form Meningitis Immunizations||Hepatitis B Form|
|I did not graduate from high school in the state of Tennessee.||Hepatitis B |
Form Meningitis ImmunizationsMMR VaccinationsVaricella Vaccination
|Hepatitis B FormMMR VaccinationsVaricella Vaccination|
|I am transferring from another college or university.||Hepatitis B FormMeningitis ImmunizationsMMR VaccinationsVaricella Vaccination||Hepatitis B FormMMR VaccinationsVaricella Vaccination|
Does UT Southern have a study abroad and/or off campus programs?
Yes! We offer study abroad programs throughout Europe, as well as South America. Talk to your Academic Advisor to see if studying abroad is right for you!
What kind of job opportunities are available for students on campus?
There are numerous opportunities for students to work on campus and earn extra money to pay for personal and academic expenses throughout the year. Students can quality for Federal or State work-study positions, as well as other on-campus jobs like lifeguarding at our pool, serving through the Dining Hall, working at The Martin (Giles County’s only movie theater, right here on campus!), or working directly for our maintenance, media, or athletic crews. Contact Career Services to learn more!
What is a FireHawk Forums?
A FireHawk Forums is an educational event that students are encouraged to attend. Each student will need to attend at least 20 total events in order to graduate, and FireHawk Forums are offered every week!
Is Chapel mandatory?
No, chapel is on a “come as you feel” basis. There is no penalty for not attending chapel, though each service is a FireHawk Forums! We want every student to feel welcome despite any religious or spiritual differences.
How do I get my textbooks?
Textbooks can be bought in person or online through The University of Tennessee Southern Bookstore. Students can provide the bookstore with their class schedules and receive assistance retrieving the correct textbook!
How do I receive on-campus tutoring?
Students are encouraged to visit the Student Resource Center which is located in the Student Union building. Students are able to make appointments for tutoring in any subject throughout the day.
Is there a medical clinic on campus?
Yes, UT Southern has a professionally-staffed, on-campus medical clinic that operates free of charge to all students! The Clinic is open throughout the week. Medical emergencies will be directed to the Giles County hospital.
Is there a counselor on campus I can book appointments with?
Yes, UT Southern employs a licensed counselor through the Clinic. Students are able to set up free, confidential appointments with her throughout the week. Visit our Clinic’s homepage and look for “Counselor on Site” for our counselor’s current hours.
Living On Campus Questions
What is provided in a dorm room?
Each room in both women and mens residential halls is equipped with heating and hair conditioning, cable television-hookup (for a small fee), and internet. Rooms also include a bed, dresser, desk, chair, and closet.
Can I bring my own wifi router?
Unfortunately, students are not allowed to bring their own wifi routers. Wifi is supplied by the IT department.
What should I bring if I am living in a residence hall?
Students are encouraged to bring bedding, bathroom necessities, shower caddy, shower shoes, microwave, mini-fridge, school supplies, laundry detergent, and clothes hangers. Microwaves and refrigerators are optional as one of each is provided in the dorm kitchen. A good list of what to bring is here! New students may want to consider purchasing bedding through our partnership at OCM. OCM bedding is guaranteed to fit UT Southern’s beds.
What should I bring if I am living in an on campus apartment?
Students are encouraged to bring bedding, bathroom necessities, shower caddy, shower curtain, trash can (for both bathroom and kitchen), laundry detergent, clothes hangers, and Kitchenware. Microwaves and refrigerators are supplied within the apartment.
What are visitation hours?
Visitation hours in the residence halls are from 10am-12am. Visitation hours in the on-campus apartments are 10am-2am. Same-sex overnight guests must be requested 24 hours in advance through your residential director.
We are so very excited to have you as part of the College family, so please let us know if you have any questions or need any help with this process at all!
Sarah Catherine Richardson, Director of Student Life