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Welcome Weekend

The University has announced a number of measures to protect the health and safety of our community from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). We continue to be committed to protecting the health and safety of our campus, our community and beyond. 

Welcome Weekend programming will be provided virtually, live-streamed, and/or through small group gatherings. No large gatherings will be permitted. Participation for new students will be required and the schedule of events will be shared directly with students in early August. Parents and family members will not stay for programming after move-in, but are invited to join welcome events virtually from home. Event details and registration instructions for Parent/Family members will be shared on our webpage in mid-August.

Welcome Weekend

Dates: August 21-23, 2020

What to Expect 

  • At check-in you will receive your nametag and, most importantly, your orientation team assignment.
  • You will be assigned to your orientation team based on your academic school or college and each “team” is led by an orientation leader (OL).
  • OLs have been trained to guide their team through the orientation experience, answer questions and provide peer-to-peer support. OLs lead all team meetings — called “team time” — and assist their team with navigating campus and following the orientation schedule.
  • During the opening ceremony, the orientation schedule will be reviewed and you will meet the Student Transitions and Family Programs staff and your OL.
  • As a first-year student, you will also attend small group meetings that are led by either your resident assistant (if you are a residential student) or the commuter team leader (if you are a commuter student). Small group meetings are designed for you to build community and discuss various transitional issues with other students who share the same housing classification.

First Year T-Shirt

A unique short-sleeve and long-sleeve t-shirt will be available for purchase in your NSO registration process.  Don't miss out on the opportunity to have this commemorative first-year shirt. Shirts ordered through the NSO program can be picked up during Friday's Resource Fair from 4:00-7:00pm on August 21st.

Check out the t-shirt options below.

Light blue short-sleeve t-shirt with Dayton on the front and 2020 on the sleeve

Light blue long-sleeve t-shirt with Dayton on the front and 2020 on the sleeve

Program Highlights


We begin this new year in prayer as a community.  This celebratory welcome takes place in the context of a Catholic Mass.  All Faith traditions are welcome to attend and encouraged to participate.  At the end of Mass, families will be invited to offer a blessing for their new UD student.


Team Time and Small Group Meetings divide the large incoming class into smaller groupings of 1st year students. Team Times are led by Orientation Leaders and Small Groups are led by either Resident Assistants (for residential students) or Commuter Advisor (for commuter students). These meetings allow students a more intimate setting for asking questions and interacting w/ upperclass students as well as UD faculty and staff. First year students explore a variety of topics designed to support their transition into college.


The events in this category depend on your individual major, School or College.  All students should attend the Dean’s Address in the School or College that houses their major. 


First-year students attend social events each evening which are great opportunities to meet and have fun with new classmates. Rudypalooza is a great time to learn more about what the Campus Activity Board has planned for the entire year!


Representatives from many offices around campus will be available to provide information and answer questions about resources UD offers. This fair will be held after move-in!


Student Transitions and Family Programs

Gosiger Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0911