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Being A Volunteer

The Volunteer family is a community with a rich tradition of leadership and service, driven to achieve by the Volunteer Spirit, as summed up by the Volunteer Creed:

“One that beareth a torch shadoweth oneself to give light to others.”

Being a Volunteer is about working hard for something that is outside yourself. It means sacrificing yourself for others, giving back to your community, leading the way, setting an example, standing out, bearing a torch. We are committed to leadership and service, and to bettering ourselves and our community.

Being a Volunteer goes beyond UT, and once you become a Vol, you’re a Vol for Life (VFL). Our alumni community (250,000+ members) extends well beyond Knoxville and will be your support system no matter where your career takes you.


Hours of service logged by students in the last 6 years

We are a tightly knit community with many long-lasting traditions like Big Orange Fridays, painting the Rock, and, of course, singing “Rocky Top” at the top of our lungs in Neyland Stadium with 102,455 of our closest friends.


There has never been a better time to be a Volunteer, and we can’t wait to welcome you to Rocky Top. So, pay us a visit, apply, and join the Volunteer family!