Welcome Week


A member of the IU Break Dance Club performs during CultureFest outside the IU Auditorium. IDS file photo

These activities might seem like “forced fun,” but Welcome Week is a great opportunity to learn your way around campus and experience all IU has to offer. Take advantage of the free food, tours and advice while you can. If you don’t, by the end of the first week you’ll wish you had. (And hey, it’s better than just sitting in your dorm room.)


Residence Halls open, 8 a.m.
Freshman Induction Ceremony, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Families are invited, and a picnic follows. New students will attend floor meetings in their residence halls.
Off-campus freshmen and transfer students will have meetings in the evening.
Social events will take place at each residence center.


Hutton Honors students and Groups students will attend required meetings.
Academic Orientation, followed by receptions, 3-4 p.m.
CultureFest, a celebration of culture and diversity at IU, will take place at 4:30 p.m. Stop by for music, henna tattoos and food from around the world.
pLaY iT Up, a game night at Herman B Wells library, 9 p.m. to midnight. Come see the library in a new way and play anything from Guitar Hero to ping pong with your friends.


Job fairs for both work study and non-work study jobs, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
University Division students will attend advising meetings at assigned times.    
Open houses and fairs, noon to 3 p.m. This is the time to really get out and explore your campus. Libraries, culture centers and academic support centers will be open with refreshments and tours. You can tour with a Residence Assistant or Welcome Week Assistant, or you can explore on your own.
RecFest, an intramural sports festival, 1-3 p.m. at the School of Public Health. Find out about everything from club sports to personal training.
Sex, Drugs and Rock ’n’ Roll, noon to
3 p.m.
Traditions and Spirit of IU, 4:30 p.m. at Assembly Hall. Learn about all things Cream and Crimson, from the fight song to the cheers, to prepare yourself to show your IU spirit.
Taste of the Union, 6 p.m. Get to know your way through the heart of campus — the Indiana Memorial Union — and do it with free food, karaoke, games and prizes.
Midnight Madness, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Hop on a free shuttle to a local store to take
advantage of the deals and stock up on all the essentials you forgot at home.


New Student Service Day, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Get involved with your new community and take a break from the move-in madness to volunteer. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people while working on service projects around town.
Welcome Week concert. Artist TBA.


FaithFest. Get to know all of the unique and diverse religious groups on campus and in Bloomington.
Residence Hall floor meetings, returning students included.

IU Guides will help students make their way to classes for the first two days.
IU Student Involvement Fair, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
IU football season opener against Indiana State, Thursday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m.

IFC recruitment , Sept. 14, 11 a.m.
Panhellenic information meetings
Museum open houses
Student organization call out meetings
LotusFest, Sept. 20-23
Culture center open houses
Freshman Family Weekend, Sept. 26-29
Placement/credit testing opportunities
Academic meetings
IU technology workshops
For a full list of activities, check out idsnews.com/happenings.

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