Welcome to the Volunteer Bridge Program!

Students live the UT student life while starting college at Pellissippi State Community College.

The Volunteer Bridge Program is a unique living and learning community designed to give new students a seamless transition from freshman year at PSCC to sophomore year and beyond at UT.

Incoming freshmen who are eligible to participate in this program will receive a personal invitation from the University of Tennessee Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Those choosing to participate can then complete a simple confirmation process through the VIP portal. All students interested in being invited to the program should be sure to submit an admission application to UT, as that is the first step in receiving an invitation to join the Volunteer Bridge Program.

Bridge students can live on UT’s campus (or commute if a local student) starting this summer or fall and take advantage of services and resources at both UT and PSCC throughout freshman year. Students who begin the program in 2nd summer session will take 4-8 hours of coursework at UT before transitioning to fall and spring courses at PSCC; students who begin in the fall semester will take all classes at PSCC while in the program. Upon successful completion of the program, students will transition back to UT for sophomore year coursework and beyond.

Bridge students live together on the UT campus as part of a Living and Learning Community (LLC), unless they are classified as commuter students. They also have a UT student ID and may take advantage of nearly all of the student services and activities available to UT students.

If you would like to learn more about the program, email bridge@utk.edu or call (865)974-3523.

Confirmed 2015-16 Bridge Students: Now What?

If you received your Bridge admission invitation and confirmed your acceptance through your UT VIP Portal, you’re probably wondering what you need to do next. First, congratulations on your admission to UT, and welcome to the Volunteer Bridge Program and UT/PSCC! If you’ve confirmed your admission via the VIP Portal, then you’ve done the most important step.

Once your admission is processed and you are issued a UT NetID, you will be able to complete important next steps such as registering for orientation, signing up for housing/dining, planning summer and/or fall advising and registration, and more. It can take a little while for newly admitted students to be processed through the system, so be patient! You’ll know when you’ve been issued a UT NetID when you see that information in your VIP Portal.

When you have been issued a NetID, you’ll be able to activate your Volmail (UT email) account. Then you will receive an electronic welcome packet to your Volmail account containing all of the information you need to know about your next steps. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions expects to begin sending these welcome packets around April 1st, so don’t panic if you don’t hear anything before then. You do not need to complete any follow-up steps after confirming your acceptance into the Volunteer Bridge Program until you receive your electronic welcome packet.

If you would like to get a head-start on some of your next steps, we suggest that you do the following (if you haven’t already) while you wait for your UT NetID to be generated:

  • Apply for admission as a degree-seeking student to Pellissippi State Community College. You must be admitted to both PSCC and UT to participate in the Volunteer Bridge Program.
  • Make sure that you have completed your 2015-16 FAFSA, with PSCC as your #1 institution. If you completed your FAFSA with another institution (such as UT) in that #1 spot, go back into the FAFSA portal and change it to PSCC.
    • If you are considering beginning the program in second summer session 2015, you should also complete the 2014-15 FAFSA, also with PSC as your #1 institution.
  • Once you’ve been admitted to PSCC, you can apply for PSCC institutional scholarships.

Again, welcome to the Volunteer Bridge Program! Check your VIP Portal for your UT NetID, then activate your Volmail account. On or soon after April 1st, you can expect to receive your electronic welcome packet to your Volmail account and can get started on all your next steps. Welcome to the UT Class of 2019!