1. What measures is APU taking to protect the health and safety of students, families, and guests attending Welcome Weekend in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

The health and safety of the APU community is a top priority as we plan for Welcome Weekend. APU continues to work with local and state partners to ensure a safe campus environment.

2. What is Welcome Weekend?

Welcome Weekend is your personal introduction into the APU community. This is your opportunity to receive answers to your spiritual, intellectual, physical, and social questions. Even if you have had siblings attend APU, you will not want to miss Welcome Weekend. APU is an ever-evolving community with that is always developing new information, resources, opportunities, and policies.

3. How do I register for Welcome Weekend?

All students, family members, and guests must register for Welcome Weekend. You can register with your new student APU Network ID (APU NetID) login information for Welcome Weekend by visiting the registration page and completing the registration form. Make sure to have your credit card available when you register.

4. How can I add guests after I (student) register for Welcome Weekend?

Welcome Weekend registration must be completed using your student APU NetID login account information. If you would like to register additional guests after you’ve completed your initial registration, email welcome@apu.edu immediately for assistance.

5. How much does Welcome Weekend cost?

Incoming students attend for free. Guests are $60 per person.

6. Is there a registration fee for children not attending APU?

Children age 10 and under may attend for free.

7. What is included in the Welcome Weekend cost?

The Welcome Weekend fee covers a variety of components throughout the three-day program, including on-campus meals, a Welcome Weekend T-shirt, campus resources, and activities.

8. As a parent/guardian, do I need to register for Welcome Weekend if I am moving my student into their dorm/apartment but not planning to stay for the weekend?

No. Welcome Weekend registration is required only for families and guests planning to participate in the full Welcome Weekend program.

9. When does Welcome Weekend conclude for family members/guests?

Formal programming for parents and families concludes at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, August 27, but you will have time following the end of the program to spend with your student and wrap up any details before leaving. Student programming resumes at 2 p.m.

10. Can residential students move in early?

Contact the Office of Residence Life at (626) 812-3056 for assistance.

11. Do commuter students need to attend Welcome Weekend?

Welcome Weekend is required for all new students, including commuter students, and we offer sessions for various student groups. Review the schedule to plan accordingly. If you have questions about Commuter Life, call (626) 812-3032 or email commuters@apu.edu for further assistance.

12. I’m a transfer student. Do I need to attend Welcome Weekend?

All incoming students, including transfer students, are required to attend Welcome Weekend. We offer sessions throughout the weekend that will help you successfully transition to APU.

13. Where are family members and/or guests supposed to stay during Welcome Weekend?

Students’ families and guests are welcome and encouraged to stay at a local hotel. View a list of local lodging options. If you are a residential student, you can move into your on-campus housing assignment beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, August 25. If you are an athlete, a student employee, or in a music ensemble, you will receive move-in instructions from those specific departments. You can also call the Office of Residence Life at (626) 812-3056 for assistance.

14. Will late check-in be available if I am unable to make it Friday morning?

We highly encourage all students and guests to attend the entirety of Welcome Weekend, but we understand that this is not always possible. Late check-in will be available on West Campus from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

15. Can I pay per meal for Welcome Weekend?

Yes, meal tickets can be purchased at time of check-in.

16. What is an Alpha Group?

An Alpha Group is a small group of incoming students organized by major and led by an upperclassman through the first semester at APU. You will have numerous opportunities to meet with your group during Welcome Weekend before classes begin, and this group will be a source of support and community as you navigate your first semester at APU. Alpha Group assignments will be provided during Welcome Weekend check-in, beginning Friday, August 25, in Upper Turner Campus Center (UTCC).

17. How do I connect my laptop to APU’s wireless network?

During Welcome Weekend check-in, you will receive an APU NetID that will give you access to the university’s student network services, such as the university portal, library research resources, and the APU wireless network. Once you arrive on campus, simply open your preferred Web browser, then log in with the APU NetID you receive at check-in. Learn more about connecting to APU WIFI. For additional assistance, contact the IT Support Center at (626) 815-5050 or support@apu.edu.

18. What if I have questions not found on this page?

Call (626) 815-2083 or email welcome@apu.edu with any additional questions that you may have regarding Welcome Weekend. We look forward to welcoming you to campus!