Be here. August 15-23


A week long event filled with opportunities to become a part of campus, get involved, meet other Cougs, and have fun before classes start.

Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 (Move-In/Relationship Building)

Faculty, staff and current students will help welcome new students and their families and assist in the move-in process. Residence Life will host community programs and Student Involvement and University Recreation will facilitate relationship and connection building events. University departments and groups may also host experiential activities and workshops students will pre-register for.

Monday, August 17 (Academic Foundations)

The Office of Undergraduate Education and Health and Wellness services will host academic success sessions and academic support workshops aimed at preparing students and fostering an environment of intellectual engagement. The Compton Union Building will host a student job fair and the Office of Diversity Education will partner with New Student Programs on a diversity education event.  

Tuesday, August 18 (Coug Connections Day)

Coug Connections will focus on helping students foster connections and build a support system based on their various values and social identities. This is inclusive of social relationships and connections to university resources, faculty and staff. These connection and introduction programs will take place throughout the day with a carnival focused broadly on being a Coug rounding out the events.

Wednesday, August 19

Academic Colleges will host kickoff events to showcase what it means to be a member of each college and to foster excitement for the semester and years ahead. Colleges will also share services and resources for their students and involvement and leadership opportunities. Residence Life will sponsor a healthy relationships and consent speaker in the early evening and the Light Up the Night dance will cap off the days events. 

Thursday, August 20 (wsYOU Conference)

The wsYOU Conference will focus on creating interactive sessions and experiential opportunities aimed at the developmental needs of first year students in transition. Staff and students can submit conference proposals. A concert sponsored by the Compton Union Building will be the signature evening event.  

Friday, August 21 (Celebration of Scholars)

Following past tradition, University Convocation will kick-off the day and be followed by the All-campus Picnic featuring a campus and community fair. The Lentil Festival and Stimson Hall’s Green M & M Dance will be the evening entertainment. 

Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23 (Community Engagement and Connections)

Saturday will be a mainly social and community event day featuring the Lentil Parade, Lentil Festival concerts and the Welcome Back Up All Night. There will also be another opportunity for university departments and groups may also host experiential activities and workshops students will pre-register for.  Sunday will feature University Recreation’s annual Backyard Bash, Conexion, and a Transfer social and welcome event.

 The complete WOW 2015 schedule will be available in early June. Please check back from more information!

Required Programs

All incoming students are required to complete the following workshops and activites during the Week of Welcome. Students living in the residence halls will be assigned workshop times when they check into their residence hall. All other students need to sign up on their own using the links below. Student who do not complete these sessions will have a hold placed on their account preventing them from registering for classes for future semesters.


Booze, Sex, and Reality Checks

Two requirements for incoming First Year and Transfer students (under the age of 21) during WOW:

  • In person Booze, Sex, & Reality Checks workshop
  • Personalized feedback survey on alcohol use (E-CHUG)

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Green Dot Workshop

All incoming freshman and transfer students (post-baccalaureates, part-time, and non-degree seeking students excluded) are required to attend this mandatory workshop.

  • Green Dot is a research-informed, theory-driven violence prevention curriculum designed to enhance bystander skills around recognizing gender-based violence (partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking) and intervening in potentially dangerous situations.
  • The Green Dot workshop during Week of Welcome will introduce the basic elements of the program – recognizing and responding to situations that could be high risk for violence. 

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