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Academic Support

UT is a large school, but you can always get one-on-one support. Our helpful staff ensures you make the best of UT opportunities and have a great college experience.

We’ll tutor you, help you with writing or English, get your computer or wireless device to work correctly, provide equipment for you to check out, advise you on how to do research, guide you on a career track, and help you get around campus and live here.

Here are some of the services you can call or email:

Academic Advising

All UT students are required to be academically advised before registering for classes. Advisors guide students in selecting courses and even choosing a major. Incoming freshmen and transfer students meet their advisors and register for classes during orientation. Students who do not attend orientation must contact the advising center of the college that admits them to arrange an advising appointment. Visit the Academic Advising website to learn more.

Degree Progress Tracking

Banner DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) is currently only available for undergraduates. It’s an automated online system that compares your completed coursework with the requirements for your degree, along with your current GPA and the GPA needed for your major. It also lists the classes you need to take and how to complete your requirements.

Major Tracking

uTrack lays out a road map for your undergraduate major so you can see which academic courses you must successfully complete—and when you must complete them—in order to graduate in four years. The system will alert you if you get off track with your course work or grades so you can plan how to catch up or, if necessary, change to a major you can achieve more easily.

One-on-One Tutoring

Student Success Center

Does college feel like it’s going a million miles an hour as you try to keep up with classes, work, friends and family, and the Vols? The Student Success Center offers tutoring, academic coaching, and workshops to help you tackle everything term by term.

Writing Center

The Writing Center, managed by the Department of English, offers free, individual help to all students as they work on written assignments. Writing instructors help students become comfortable with writing, providing feedback on written work in all disciplines. Everything from brainstorming ideas to polishing final drafts is covered, with emphasis on improving writing skills.

Language Resource Center

The LRC is operated by the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures and provides students with extra help for studying foreign languages.

Thornton Athletics Student Life Center

The Thornton Center offers student-athletes academic counseling services, a career development program, a student development program, a comprehensive tutoring program, a writing lab, a math lab, a computer lab, and accommodations for students with special needs.

Multicultural Student Life

Housed in the Frieson Black Cultural Center (FBCC), the Office of Multicultural Student Life offers a tutorial program for individuals or small groups in a variety of undergraduate courses. Also, in the FBCC is a book loan program where students can borrow two books per semester for FREE.

Library, Services and Technology

The University Libraries system is a network of libraries on campus that provide state-of-the-art facilities and services, including: print and electronic collections, reference and instructional services, and top-notch facilities and technological resources.

On the second floor of Hodges Library you will find The Commons, a collaboration between the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and University Libraries providing services, technology, and study spaces for students.

The OIT Help Desk provides information and support for computer and network services managed by OIT (for instance device support, email, password resets). You can also check out a laptop, learn how to use a media lab called The Studio, check out cameras, use media workstations, watch a video for class, get help using one of the library’s many databases, and ask reference questions.

Student Disability Services

The Student Disability Services office assists students with documented disabilities by working with them to arrange accommodations and services that enhance access to our facilities and programs. Please remember that it’s your responsibility to register with ODS to request services. Call 865-974-6087 (v/tty), or send an email.