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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 

  • The day following your move-in or check-in, you will have an arrival meeting with the STFP team to review the Welcome Weekend schedule and meet the Student Transitions and Family Programs staff and your Welcome Weekend Leader.
  • Students will have access to all of their Welcome Weekend information and virtual links through their "Welcome to UD" Isidore site (
  • You will be assigned to your orientation team based on your academic school or college and each “team” is led by a welcome weekend leader (WWL).
  • WWLs have been trained to guide their team through the orientation experience, answer questions and provide peer-to-peer support. WWLs lead all team meetings — called “team time” — and assist their team with navigating campus and following the orientation schedule.
  • 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.  Shirts ordered through the NSO registration system can be picked up after selecting a timeslot to stop by the STFP office.

Check out the 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.  


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 with upperclass students. 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. 


Student Transitions and Family Programs

Gosiger Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0911