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The Venture Living & Learning Community offers first-year business students exciting opportunities to live, learn, lead, and serve. Through a network of community members, peer mentors, instructors, and residence hall staff, students will make lasting connections and create a strong foundation for success at UT and in life beyond college.

Venture community member, you will live in Hess Hall, a recently renovated residence hall located in the heart of campus. In addition, you will benefit from a unique learning corridor that includes Hess Hall, Hodges Library, and the new state-of-the-art Haslam Business Building-an arrangement that provides easy access to numerous academic and technology resources.


By taking courses together, you will quickly develop strong bonds and have a unique opportunity to form study groups, participate in tutoring sessions and challenge and support one another throughout your transition from high school to college.

Venture will emphasize concepts of intercultural awareness and social responsibility so that students can begin building the skills and knowledge needed to become future business and community leaders. Through a series of workshops, guest speakers, and field trips, students will examine models of sustainable business and will evaluate the need for ethical and citizenship behavior in a global context.

Through community-based service learning projects, you will have an opportunity to enhance your interpersonal and leadership skills through real-world projects while gaining greater appreciation of the role that business leaders can play in a community.

Spring 2015 Service Learning Partners: The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute, Junior Achievement of East Tennessee, The Salvation Army, and the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley

Goals of Venture Living & Learning Community

  • To bring new students together to form a network of peers, instructors, advisors, and mentors
  • To promote student success, active learning, teamwork skills, and intellectual engagement
  • To create meaningful opportunities for campus involvement and leadership development
  • To increase the connection between campus and the local community through service learning

Community Requirements

Venture LLC students will live in Hess Hall on the Venture floor, and participate in a kick-off event on Friday, August 12, 2016. In addition, students will participate in a leadership workshop, service learning experience, community activities, and enrichment opportunities throughout the year.

Venture LLC students will enroll in the following coursework:


  • Business Administration 100: Approaches to the Haslam College of Business (1 hour)
  • *Math 119 – College Algebra or Math 123 – Finite Mathematics (3 hours)
  • Communication Studies 240 – Business and Professional Communication (3 hours)


  • Business Administration 102 – Service Learning Seminar (1 hour)
  • *Math 125 – Basic Calculus (3 hours)
  • English 102 – English Composition II or English 255 – Public Writing (3 hours)

*Exceptions will be made to the math requirement based on placement, AP credit, or dual enrollment


Haslam College of Business Administration
Undergraduate Programs
342 Haslam Business Building
Knoxville, TN 37996
Telephone: 865-974-5096

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.

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