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.

Welcome Week at a Glance

Download the schedule (PDF).

Our Welcome Week handbook 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.

We're still finalizing this year's schedule, but check out what's happening:

Welcome Week Schedule

Wednesday, August 17

  • 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 18

  • 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 and 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).
  • Meijer Ball State Back to College Event – ´╗┐Need items for your room? Take free bus transportation to and from Meijer in Muncie for great prizes, a gift bag, and giveaways!

Friday, August 19

  • 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.
  • Where Are My Classes? – Your Welcome Week leader will be available to help you find your first-semester classes.
  • 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.
  • Off-Campus Job Fair – Hosted by the Ball State Career Center. Meet with local employers to learn about part-time job openings, open to all students.
  • Outdoor Pursuits Adventures | Water Sports – Try stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, and much more at the Prairie Creek Reservoir.
  • Outdoor Pursuits Adventures | Biking Cardinal Greenway – Enjoy a relaxing bike ride along the Cardinal Greenway and visit a smoothie shop along the way.
  • 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 20

  • 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.
  • Recreation Exploration – Earn free t-shirts, “Rec Bucks” and other prizes at the Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center for an afternoon of fun! 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Activity Fair – This is your first opportunity to get involved in one of Ball State’s more than 300 student organizations.
  • Late Nite @ Ball State – Have fun until 1 a.m. at the best party on campus with a variety of activities.

Sunday, August 21

  • 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
  • FTKarnival- Learn more about the organization and activities surrounding Dance Marathon
  • 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 22

  • 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 23

  • Welcome and Information Tent – Stop by if you have questions or need information!
  • Individual Dietary Needs Meeting – Meet dining chefs, managers, and wellness nutritionists to learn more about navigating campus with food allergies, celiac disease, or other dietary needs.
  • Office of Health, Alcohol and Drug Education Open House
  • UPB Callout Party – Want to get involved in one of the largest, most rewarding student organizations on campus? Join the University Program Board (UPB) for some free food and a look at this semester.

Wednesday, August 24

  • It's All Greek to Me: Fraternity and Sorority Informational – Meet the Greek community at Pruis Hall.
  • Welcome Back Bash – Enjoy food, drinks, bowling, billiards and more at Cardinal Lanes.
  • Grocery Bingo – Stock your fridge with winning free groceries at Pruis Hall.

Thursday, August 25

  • Giant Volleyball Registration Deadline – Register with your six-on-six team at bsu.edu/recreation.
  • Meet the Greeks – Members from all 33 Ball State Greek organizations will be present for yard games, music, food, and fun. Learn more about Greek life at Ball State!
  • Communications Living-Learning Community Kickoff – Join faculty and students from the College of Communication, Information, and Media to learn about the opportunities available through the Communications Living-Learning Community.
  • Open Mic Night – Are you a musician, comedian, or other talented performer? Show your stuff at University Program Board’s Open-Mic Night!

Friday, August 26

  • Multicultural Center Welcome Celebration – Join us for a multicultural organization resources fair and learn how you can get involved.
  • Quad Bash – One of Ball State’s most beloved traditions is back and bigger than ever! Join us on the Quad for games, a live musical performance, and, of course, tons of free food.

Saturday, August 27

  • FREE 6-on-6 Giant Volleyball Tournament – An oversized version of the game we all know, giant volleyball brings traditional volleyball together with beach volleyball to provide the best of both worlds. Register on-site or pre-register at dosportseasy.com/bsu.