Welcome Week 2018
You are going to love being part of Welcome Week 2018! Welcome Week is a four day program just before classes begin (August 18-21, 2018) that will help you get acclimated to campus, meet friends, and make connections with people and offices all across campus. Please clear your calendar now because all traditional incoming freshmen are required to attend. You will be matched with an Orientation Leader (OL) and a team of other incoming freshmen for four days of fun, interesting sessions and activities designed to welcome you to the University of Evansville community. Explore the rings of information below for more details about your Welcome Week experience. We look forward to seeing you this fall!
Welcome Week Schedule
Welcome Week activities take place August 18-21, 2018. You will sign in on Saturday, August 17, 2018 between 3:00-5:00 p.m. CDT in Ridgway University Center. A team of OLs will be there to greet you and give you the full schedule of events. You will then have a little free time, but keep in mind that dinner starts at 4:30 p.m., and the required opening program starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Fitness Center. Most Welcome Week activities will take place on or near campus. Transportation will be provided from UE for off-campus events, including a community-based service project and an ice cream party at the May House, home to President and Mrs. Kazee.
Welcome Week sessions and activities will run all four days, August 18-21, 2018. Fall classes will begin on August 22, 2018. A more complete schedule will be provided when you sign in for Welcome Week, but you can find a brief schedule here.
The Why Behind Welcome Week
You are about to begin a new phase of life and we want to help you succeed in every way we can. It is normal for incoming freshmen to be a little nervous and to have lots of questions when they arrive on campus. We are all here to help you settle into campus and get started on the right foot. The Welcome Week 2018 team includes not only the OLs, but also staff members from Academic Advising/Student Success, Career Development, the University Counseling Center, the Center for Student Engagement, the Diversity and Equity office, and more. From the pomp and circumstance of Academic Convocation to the fun and games of cheering on our Purple Aces, Welcome Week 2018 will provide you with everything you need to start your college career off right!
Preparing for Welcome Week
Registration for Welcome Week: All traditional incoming freshmen are automatically enrolled and expected to attend Welcome Week. Just check in on Saturday, August 18 between 3:00-5:00 p.m. in Ridgway University Center. Transfer/non-traditional students attending STAR may contact 812-488-2500 to register for Welcome Week. Pre-registration required! International students attending International Orientation may contact 812-488-2279 to register for Welcome Week. Pre-registration required!
UE email: If you are not doing so already, get in the habit of checking your UE email on a regular basis. Instructions are available online for adding your UE email to your smart phone or call our OTS help desk at 812-488-2077 for further assistance. Your University email will serve as the primary means of communication with the university throughout your academic career.
Health and Wellness: If you take prescription medication or have ongoing health concerns, now is the time to secure a pharmacy and/or local physician. As a reminder, your Health Information Card must be on file with the University Health Center before classes begin. To reach the health center, please call 812-488-2033.
University Parking Permits will be available for purchase beginning August 15 through the Office of Safety and Security. The cost is $50 for the academic year and cash or check can be accepted.
Ordering Books: In late July, students may go the University bookstore website to see what texts are required for their courses. To find a current course schedule or register for classes, students should visit Self-Service.
Students will receive a Textbook Reservation and UrEntal form in their SOAR folder. The form can be turned in during SOAR to prepay and reserve books at the University bookstore. The form can also be mailed or taken to the bookstore at a later date. View our Bookstore Information sheet for more details regarding book buyback, rentals, reservations and more.
The University bookstore is located in the Ridgway University Center/Phone:812-488-2678.
Academic Planner: As you begin to order your books and gather supplies for this fall, we wanted to let you know about a gift we will provide you during Welcome Week. Your academic success is important to us and we want to help you develop good habits like being organized and managing your time well. Our Student Success Team will be providing you an academic planner where you can record upcoming activities, assignments, test dates, family visits, and other important Information.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do parents attend Welcome Week activities with their students?
- No, Welcome Week is for incoming freshmen. While parents often help their students move into their residence halls, the activities surrounding Welcome Week, beginning with registration from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2018, are for students only.
- Where will students eat during Welcome Week?
- Students will receive meal tickets for on-campus dining in their Welcome Week registration packet provided when they check in. Some meals are provided through the cafeteria and others are offered picnic style. If you have food allergies or other special dietary needs and have not done so already, please contact the Disability Services Coordinator at 812-488-2663 to register for accommodations. She will help you connect with the University food service provider which is Chartwells.
- Do students who live at home and commute to campus participate in Welcome Week?
- Yes, students who commute to campus should plan to participate fully in Welcome Week activities. While commuter students will not stay overnight on campus, they should plan to spend a lot of time on campus with their peers. This is a great way to get to know other students and start feeling at home on campus. Commuter students participate in all Welcome Week activities and will be provided meal tickets.
- What if I have to work or have other obligations during Welcome Week?
- Welcome Week is required of all new students. Students are encouraged to make the appropriate arrangements in order to participate fully in Welcome Week. Give yourself this important time to get started with all the tools you’ll need to be successful at UE.