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JUMP Spring 2020

The health and well-being of our Volunteer family remains our top priority. Based on guidance from the university, all campus tours and events been canceled to protect the health of you and our broader community.

More information about virtual tours, events, and meetings will be available soon! Please refer to the UT coronavirus website for the most up-to-date information. 

 

The 2020 JUMP Overnight Visit Program is a unique, two-day event that will introduce multicultural students to the Volunteer experience. You and one family member will be able to meet staff and current students, learn more about your major, and tour our beautiful campus. You’ll also get to attend the annual Showtime event, hosted by ME4UT. This exciting event is an experience you don’t want to miss!

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will provide round-trip transportation in select locations to and from the Knoxville campus, overnight lodging, and meals while on campus for a select group of qualified students.

Only students admitted to UT for the Summer or Fall 2020 terms are eligible to attend this program.

How do I apply for JUMP?

Step 1: To apply, you must complete the JUMP online application form.The priority registration deadline for JUMP participants is Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Be advised that registration is on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach capacity, which may occur before the priority deadline. 

Step 2: Complete and upload the medical release/permission form to your application. You may also mail, fax, or e-mail your medical release form to our main campus office for processing:

Attention: JaNay’ Turner
The University of Tennessee

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
320 Student Services Building
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-9037
Fax: 865-974-1182
volsdiversity@utk.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no charge for the student to attend this program! Transportation (Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Atlanta locations only), meals while on campus, and sleeping accommodations (for students only, limited availability) are provided by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Attendance for a parent/legal guardian is highly encouraged. While transportation (Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Atlanta locations only) and meals are free, parents must reserve and pay for their own hotel room. All students will be staying at the Holiday Inn Knoxville – Worlds Fair Park and paid for by UT.

The Hampton Inn – Papermill Drive will offer a limited number of rooms to parents/legal guardians.  Parents may reserve your room from the Hampton Inn block at this link.

This link will expire on March 5th. If your student is not accepted to the program you may cancel your hotel reservation up to 72 hours before your check-in date. Please also note that transportation for the weekend will only be provided for parents/guardians who booked a room in the Hampton In––Papermill Drive room block.


The priority registration deadline for JUMP participants is Wednesday, March 11, 2020. However, we can only accommodate a limited number of guests. Be advised that registration is on a first-come, first-served basis until we have reached capacity, which may occur before the priority deadline.

We will notify students by email of their confirmation for the program once the application and medical release form have been received and processed. Upload your medial release form with your application OR you may mail, fax, or e-mail the form to our main campus office for processing:

Attention: JaNay’ Turner
The University of Tennessee

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
320 Student Services Building
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-9037
Fax: 865-974-1182
volsdiversity@utk.edu

Only multicultural students who have been admitted to The University of Tennessee will be able to attend this program. Students will be notified via email of their confirmation. Please make sure the email address provided is active and the inbox can receive messages.

The Undergraduate Admissions Office will provide charter bus transportation to bring students from Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Atlanta, GA to the Knoxville campus.

Due to limited space on the chartered transportation, only one (1) parent/legal guardian per student is allowed to ride on the buses. Seating is awarded to parents on a first-come, first-served basis, and parents will have the opportunity to reserve a seat on the bus if/when their student is accepted to the JUMP program.

If you do not live in one of the transport areas, then you will need to arrive by personal car or plane. Students may drive; however, we recommend that a parent/legal guardian bring and/or drop off the student. There is NO cost to attend this program, and parking on campus will be complimentary (note: hotels will charge for parking which will be the responsibility of the individual). 

If you are traveling by bus, please see the assigned meeting location and time below.* Please be at your designated location on time, as we will start replacing seats reserved for confirmed students with students on the waitlist fifteen minutes after pick up/arrival time.

*Transportation for parents/guardians throughout the weekend is only provided if you booked a room in the room block at the Hampton Inn—Papermill Drive.

Memphis
Buses will depart from Memphis on Friday, March 27, from the Super Walmart on Highway 64, across from the Wolfchase Galleria Mall at 6:30 a.m. CST. Students will need money for food to and from Knoxville. The bus will stop in Nashville for fast food.

Nashville
Buses will load in Nashville Friday, March 27, starting at 12:30 p.m. CST at Opry Mills Mall at Entrance 1 (near the Nike Factory Store, H&M, and Chuy’s) on Briley Parkway. The buses will depart soon after from Knoxville.

Atlanta
The vans will depart from Atlanta on Friday, March 27, at 12:15 p.m. EST from Cumberland Mall in the Macy’s Parking lot (the side of Macy’s adjacent to the food court entrance). The mall is located at 1000 Cumberland Mall, Atlanta, GA 30339. Students will need to eat lunch prior to boarding the van.

Chattanooga
The buses will depart form Chattanooga on Friday, March 27, at 2:45 p.m. EST from Hamilton Place Mall in the Sears parking lot (the side facing Carrabba’s Italian Grill). Students will need to eat lunch prior to boarding the van.

We should return from Knoxville Saturday, March 28 to the same locations in Nashville at 6:00 p.m. CST, Jackson at 8:30 p.m. CST, and Memphis at 11:00 p.m. CST pending a 4:00 p.m. EST departure time. We should return to Chattanooga at 5:30 p.m. EST and Atlanta at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Attention All Car Riders: If you plan to drive to Knoxville or if you are a local resident, please plan to arrive at the Holiday Inn Knoxville Downtown between 4:45 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 27 for check-in. If you plan to arrive after 5:00 p.m., please call JaNay’ Turner prior to your arrival to make alternate arrangements.

Student registration and check-in will be at the Holiday Inn Knoxville beginning at 4:45 p.m. EST (early arrivals may explore the city until registration begins). Dinner will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. EST on UT’s campus. Please plan to meet us in the hotel lobby starting at 5:15 p.m. and we will shuttle/caravan over to the UT campus (transportation will be provided for those who do not wish to drive to campus).

If you are a parent/legal guardian staying at any hotel besides the Holiday Inn Knoxville or the Hampton Inn––Papermill Drive, transportation will not be provided. We will only transport guests to and from the Holiday Inn Knoxville or the Hampton Inn––Papermill Drive and campus. If you are a parent staying at any other hotel, you may drive your own car to campus.

If there are special circumstances regarding your arrival contact JaNay’ Turner (volsdiversity@utk.edu) prior to the event to make alternative arrangements.


All students will stay in hotel rooms at the Holiday Inn Knoxville – Worlds Fair Park. UT staff and student leaders will also stay in the hotel with JUMP students. Note: Students will only room with other students. UT staff will assign roommates at random.

Parents/legal guardians are responsible for their own reservations and payment for rooms. A limited room block has been reserved at the Hampton Inn––Papermill Drive. You may reserve your room from the Hampton Inn block here.

Parents/legal guardians may choose to stay in any hotel of choice and/or use personal discounts for rates; however you will be responsible for your own transportation between hotels and campus. We will only provide transportation to and from the Hampton Inn––Papermill Drive for parents.

Visitors to the UT campus are eligible for special rates and packages with several downtown hotels. Find out more about partner hotels and their special rates for you here.


Complimentary parking will be available in Parking Lot #9 located directly across the street from Neyland Stadium (1235 Phillip Fulmer Way, Knoxville, TN 37916). An interactive digital campus map is available for your viewing, and a physical campus map will be available at check-in. 


The program will conclude around 4:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 28. Complimentary parking will be available in Parking Lot #9, located directly across the street from Neyland Stadium. This is the best place to park, as we will walk students to the parking lot to meet you.


Each student will need to bring a change of clothes (only one bag please) and personal hygiene products. You will only need money for snacks while traveling (students on the bus will need money for 2 fast food stops), and any souvenirs you may purchase while on campus. Students often crave food and drinks after 10:00 p.m. at the hotel, therefore it is strongly encouraged that students pack a few snacks and drinks. 

 

 

Contact us:

JaNay’ Turner, Knoxville Office, volsdiversity@utk.edu, 865-974-9037

Kevin Berg, West TN Office, admit2utk@utk.edu, 901-448-8289

Julian Wright, Knoxville Office, jwrigh68@utk.edu, 865-974-0455

We strive to be an inclusive campus and offer events and visit experiences year-round with all students in mind. Each event is offered multiple times throughout the year in an effort to provide options to our students and families. Should this date conflict with your schedule, please let us know so that we can share other like-events and/or plan another campus visit opportunity especially for you. We look forward to hosting you on Rocky Top!