(WBIR-UT Campus) Students began their first day of classes Wednesday for the 2013 fall semester at the University of Tennessee.
The Class of 2017 comprises of more than 4,300 freshman, which is the biggest class in nearly a decade. This freshman class has the most honors students ever, with average ACT scores and high school GPAs placing them among the top 10 percent of high school graduates statewide.
The freshman class is about 100 students larger this year, partly due to the campus's improving graduation rate freeing up seats for incoming students.
The 2013-14 academic year will be filled with firsts for many students. One of those includes the new UT Engineering and Music building. Engineering and music students will have their first day of classes Wednesday in the facility housing two dozen labs and space to fit two 10-ton cranes. UT officials gave the public a tour of the John D. Tickle Engineering Building Tuesday. The brand-new, five-story, 110,000 square foot building has been under construction for more than two-and-half years.
The Tickle Engineering Building isn't the only new building opening its doors to students for the first time. The Natalie Haslam Music Center will also greet students for the first time Wednesday.
Wednesday Welcome Back Activities
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm UT Farmer's Market
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Center for Leadership & Service Interest Session
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm VOLFest
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm Campus-Wide Residence Hall Community Meeting
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm Vintage Swing Dance and Lesson at Laurel Theatre
8:30 pm Regal Entertainment Group's Orange & White Movie Night
All Day Time Capsule Photo Booth
All Day Classes Begin