Campus Recreation

Freshman Outdoor Orientation Trip (F.O.O.T.)

August 16–23, 2023

The Freshmen Outdoor Orientation Trip (F.O.O.T.) is a unique wilderness experience that will take place the week before school begins. Trained upperclassmen lead backpacking trips along the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee. F.O.O.T. offers an amazing opportunity for incoming students to meet a small group of new classmates and establish relationships with older student leaders. You will hike, camp, cook outdoors, play games, swim in waterfalls, and spend a day giving back to the mountains by learning how to build and maintain hiking trails. These trips are designed for all levels of experience; no prior backpacking experience is necessary. 

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Registration is open to all incoming freshmen. Register for F.O.O.T. Registration closes July 16 or when full.

Please email the outdoor recreation program manager at with any questions. 

Outdoor Resource Center Trip Policies

Trip Policy

Tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs are prohibited on all trips.

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your reservation, you will receive a full refund if canceled more than 30 days prior to trip departure. No refund is given within 30 days of departure except for extenuating circumstances.

Trip Payment Policy

Trip costs are to be paid at the time of trip registration. VISA, MasterCard, and Discover are acceptable forms of online payment. Cash or check payment may be used when registering in person in the Outdoor Resource Center (037 Student Union).

Outdoor Resource Center Trip Policies (PDF)

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