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Welcome Week

Held before fall classes start, Welcome Week introduces you to Ball State's vibrant campus life and helps you make connections within our supportive campus community. The program will help you make a fun, smooth transition to college life.

During Welcome Week, you'll have opportunities to explore Ball State's comprehensive resources, meet other students, and attend programs and convocations designed especially for new college students. Past Welcome Weeks have included picnics, service projects, late night entertainment, and more.

Our Welcome Week handbook (PDF) will provide a listing of all events and activities. If you will be living in the residence halls, you will receive the handbook when you move in. Commuters will be mailed information and a handbook approximately two weeks before the program.

We encourage all first-year students to attend these optional (unless otherwise noted) Welcome Week events! You'll have a great time and you'll get to know your new campus.

Below is a quick look at this year's schedule.

Welcome Week Schedule

Wednesday, August 13

  • Premium Plan Move-In—Housing Premium Plan members move into residence halls.
  • Welcome and Information Tent—Stop by if you have questions or need information!
  • Residence Hall Activities—Take advantage of this time to meet new friends.

Thursday, August 14

  • Move-In—Get all your stuff organized in your room.
  • University Libraries Info Table—Learn about services and resources that will help make your college career a success.
  • Welcome and Information Tent—Stop by if you have questions or need information!
  • College of Sciences and Humanities Open House for New Majors
  • Counseling Center Resource Fair—Pick up a stress ball and learn about our counseling services.
  • Honors Convocation—Receive a warm welcome from the Honors College dean, faculty representatives, and the Student Honors Council. (Mandatory for all Honors Freshmen)
  • 21st Century Scholars Symposium—Mandatory event for all incoming freshmen with a 21st Century Scholar award. Learn more about scholar requirements, program expectations, and be introduced to campus staff and resources dedicated to your success.
  • Blackboard Learning Session—Learn how your professors will use cool technology to post grades, assignments, quizzes, and video lectures to maximize your academic success.
  • Residence Hall Floor Meetings & Activities—Learn the “ins and outs” of residence hall life, meet your Welcome Week leader, and participate in social activities.
  • Intro to Ball State Athletics: Chirp! Chirp! Get fired up for Ball State sports. (Mandatory event)

Friday, August 15

  • Where Are My Classes?—Your Welcome Week leader will be available to help you find your first-semester classes.
  • University Libraries Info Table—Learn about services and resources that will help make your college career a success.
  • Welcome Week Service Project—Join other Ball State students in giving back to the community.
  • Mock Class Lectures: Hosted by Professors—These interactive lectures will show you what to expect on your first day of class.
  • Spiritual Life Fair—Learn about a variety of student organizations that focus on spiritual and religious life on campus.
  • Writing Center Open House—Learn how to make an appointment. Get to know our tutors.
  • Elemental; A Sexual Assault Protection Program Demonstration—Learn strategies of the ninja.
  • Outdoor Pursuits Adventures—Enjoy snorkeling at Phillip's Quarry then bike at Cardinal Greenway.
  • Blackboard Learning Session—Learn how your professors will use cool technology to post grades, assignments, quizzes, and video lectures to maximize your academic success.
  • Hypnotist Dan LaRosa—A Ball State tradition, this master hypnotist will have you laughing and leave you amazed.

Saturday, August 16

  • Student Center Poster Sale—Stock up on quality prints to decorate your residence hall room.
  • Mock Class Lecture—Hosted by professors. Learn what to expect on the first day of classes.
  • Outdoor Pursuits Adventures—Go paddle boarding, canoeing, and kayaking at the Prairie Creek Reservoir and later biking at the Cardinal Greenway.
  • Cardinal Games & Inflatables—Enjoy giant inflatables and games as you make new friends.
  • Commuting 101—This unique workshop will address commuter student needs and issues. Students will meet other commuters, be introduced to their Commuter Ambassador, become familiar with the campus, and learn key skills for commuters.
  • Where Are My Classes?—Your Welcome Week leader will help you find your first semester classes.
  • Transfer Student Reception—Transfer students will have the opportunity to mingle with other students and faculty/staff from across campus while enjoying complimentary refreshments and participating in a T-shirt swap.
  • Activity Fair—This is your first opportunity to get involved in one of Ball State’s more than 300 student organizations.
  • Vendor Fair—Coinciding with the Activity Fair, representatives from local banks, businesses, and community organizations will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.
  • Bar-B-Cru—Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) is hosting a free cookout with games, a meet-and-greet, and live music! Located at North Quad from 7 to 11 p.m.
  • Late Nite @ Ball State—Have fun until 1 a.m. at the best party on campus with a variety of activities.

Sunday, August 17

  • Freshman Convocation—Dressed in full academic regalia, Ball State’s president and faculty welcome new students. (Mandatory event)
  • Book Discussion Groups—Your first academic assignment involves discussing the book you were given at Orientation. Read the book before you arrive on campus. (Mandatory event)
  • College of Architecture and Planning First-Year Welcome
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Freshman Welcome Session
  • Floor Meetings—Get to know the other students, resident assistants, and policies on your residence hall floor.

Monday, August 18

  • Fall Semester Classes Begin
  • Welcome and Information Tent—Stop by if you have questions or need information!
  • Scramble Snacks—Classes making you hungry? Grab free treats at the Scramble Light!

Tuesday, August 19

  • Welcome and Information Tent—Stop by if you have questions or need information!
  • UPB Call Out Party—Get involved with one of the largest organizations on campus.

Wednesday, August 20

  • Cool Off with the Greeks—Get an icy treat and meet the Greek community at the Scramble Light
  • Communications Living-Learning Community Kickoff
  • Christian Student Foundation Open House and Cookout
  • Welcome Back Bash—Enjoy food, drinks, bowling, billiards and more at Cardinal Lanes.
  • Grocery Bingo—Stock your fridge with by winning free groceries at Pruis Hall.

Thursday, August 21

  • Cool Off with the Greeks—Get an icy treat and meet the Greek community at the Scramble Light.
  • Giant Volleyball Deadline—Register with your 6-on-6 team at bsu.edu/recreation.
  • Fear Factor—Scared of heights? What about creepy crawlers? Face these and your college fears!

Friday, August 22

  • Multicultural Center Welcome Back Celebration
  • Quad Bash—Enjoy an evening of music and a movie under the stars.

Saturday, August 23

  • 6-on-6 Giant Volleyball Tournament—The best of traditional and beach volleyball.
  • Meet the Greeks and NPHC Yard Show—Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Come out and learn more!

Office of Orientation
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Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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