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Campus Life

Welcome Weekend is a core component of the USF First Year Experience and it is a three-day experience for all new students. During Welcome Weekend, students will have the opportunity to engage with faculty, staff, student leaders, and their peers. New students will get to experience our community at USF, and they will be equipped to begin their college career on a solid foundation through participating in sessions/activities that will encourage learning, leadership, and service.

Whether you are a first-time freshman or a transfer student, we want to ensure that you are equipped with the information, resources, and relationships needed for a transformational college experience at USF!  All new students are required to attend Welcome Weekend. The Welcome Weekend sign up form is found on a new student’s My Cougar Connection (MCC) Cougar Checkpoint. New students must be registered for Welcome Weekend by August 1.

Welcome Weekend 2021

  • August 20-22

Tentative Schedule

Friday, August 20 – Residential Students Only

Time Event
12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Check-in/Move-in (Lunch will be provided)
3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Parent and Student Programming
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Picnic Dinner + Parent Farewell
7:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Student Programming

Saturday, August 21 – Commuter and Residential Students

Time Event
8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Commuter Check-in + Breakfast
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Residential Student Programming with Res Life
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Commuter Parent Session
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Commuter Student and Parent Programming
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Aloha All New Students! Hawiian Luau Lunch with Authentic Hawaiian Entertainment
2:00 p.m. Commuter Parent Farewell
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Academic Program Meetings
4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Matriculation Ceremony + Student Activities Fair and Food
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Praise + Worship
8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Annual Franny Relay Race + Ice Cream Truck

Sunday, August 22 – Commuter and Residential Students

Time Event
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. President’s Brunch, hosted by President Fr. Zimmer
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Returning Student Move-in
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Sunday Funday Activities
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Hall Meetings (All Residential Students)
5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. All Athletes Meeting
5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Semester Kick-Off Dinner
7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Mass
8:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. All Student Semester Kick-Off Party, hosted by Student Activities Council