After much thoughtful consideration, we have made the decision to move summer transfer and freshman orientation sessions to an online format. We are still hoping to offer some in-person programming in August prior to the start of the fall term, but this decision will depend on future CDC requirements. Our online program is necessary to protect student health and the health of the broader UT Chattanooga community, while still introducing our incoming students and their families to the information and resources they need to be successful at UTC.
We want to ensure the virtual orientation experience delivers the same quality as a traditional face-to-face session. Over the next few weeks, staff from the orientation office will be reaching out to our campus and community stakeholders to detail ways in which we can partner on this process.
Registered orientation students will begin receiving communication about this process early next week. We are currently working on updating the orientation website and will have a list of FAQs that will answer basic questions. We also are working on plans to communicate information and options to students we are actively recruiting and may not have made a firm college decision yet. I feel fortunate that we have established a robust course pre-registration process as well a foundation of campus support and partnerships that will help us navigate these new measures.
If you have immediate questions about orientation, please reach out to Carrie Sherbesman, Director of New Student and Family Programs at: Carrie-Sherbesman@utc.edu
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and campus, please check the UTC Coronavirus webpage. https://blog.utc.edu/coronavirus/
Yancy E. Freeman,
Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs