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Fall Welcome Schedule

Fall 2024 Undergraduate Welcome Weekend

August 23-25, 2024

For more details, read our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have questions ahead of Welcome Weekend, please email [email protected] or call (626) 815-2083. For more information or directions during Welcome Weekend, find our Campus Life staff in Black Azusa Pacific University T-shirts.

Friday, August 23

Time Description Location
8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Offices Open for Business
View list of hours and locations.
Azusa Campus
8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Hydration Stations
Free water bottles available to stay hydrated throughout Welcome Weekend!
East Campus, Bode Commons + Trinity Lawn
8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. ID Card Pick Up
If you are living in the residence halls, your ID card will give you access to the building and wings. Please note: If you have not already taken or uploaded your photo through the student portal, please visit the One Card Office in the Campus Store in Duke Student Commons on West Campus.
West Campus, Campus Store
8:30 a.m. -1 p.m. Welcome Weekend Check-In
Includes T-shirt(s), meal wristband(s), name tag(s), and Alpha Group/Orientation group assignments.
Late check-in will continue at Bode Commons from 1-4 p.m. Beginning at 5 p.m., please check-in at the Felix Event Center ticket window.
East Campus, Bode Commons
8:30 a.m. -1 p.m. Residential Student Move-In
Check-in for campus housing at the Office of Residence Life in Engstrom Hall to get your room key. Student must be present. View more details.
East Campus, Office of Residence Life
11 a.m. -3 p.m. APU Community Fair
Representatives from APU departments and local businesses are available to help you connect with essential resources.
East Campus, Cougar Walk
10 a.m. -3 p.m. Campus Tours Available
East Campus tours meet at East Campus Trolley Stop (next to Bode Commons) at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.
West Campus tours meet at West Campus Trolley Stop (next to FEC Ticket Window) at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
East Campus Trolley Stop, or West Campus, Felix Event Center Trolley Stop
11 a.m. -2 p.m. Lunch Available
Use your Welcome Weekend wristband as a meal ticket to eat at one of our on-campus dining areas! You must stop by Welcome Weekend check-in before you can eat on campus.
East Campus, 1899 Dining Hall
11:30 a.m. -3:45 p.m. Stellic Presentations Available
Build your path to graduation with APU’s student success platform, Stellic.
Session 1: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. |  Session 2: 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Session 3: 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.     |  Session 4: 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
East Campus, MMED 2
11:45 a.m. -2 p.m. Honors Orientation I
Honors Students, Families, and Guests are welcome to join the Honors College dean and faculty. Learn what to expect and how to succeed in the Honors College. Lunch will be provided.
East Campus, Upper Turner Campus Center
2 -2:45 p.m. Honors Orientation II (Honors Students Only)
Come meet your Honors College colloquy professor and classmates in this meet and greet session for Honors College students and faculty.
East Campus, Wilden Hall
3 -3:45 p.m.     Take a Break and Get Settled
Visit Campus Store, pick up ID cards, Cafes Open, Settle In.
You Choose!
3 -3:45 p.m. Commuter Student Connect (Commuter Students, Families, and Guests)
Connect with other commuter students and the Commuter Life Team that wants to welcome you to the APU commuter community!
Cougar Dome, East Campus

At this point in the Welcome Weekend schedule, we encourage ALL students/families to attend programming until Sunday afternoon!

Time Description Location
4 -5:20 p.m. Academic Connect
Connect with your declared majors' faculty and academic departments!
West Campus, Felix Event Center
5:30 -6:45 p.m. Picnic Dinner
Join the APU Community at our annual picnic! Please wear your Welcome Weekend meal wristbands, as the evening’s dinner will be provided at this event.
West Campus, Kresge Plaza
7 -7:45 p.m. Student and Family Welcome
The Welcome Weekend Team, APU administrators, Azusa Mayor Robert Gonzales, and APU's President, Dr. Adam Morris, will take this opportunity to welcome you and your family to Azusa Pacific University. Spanish translation services available. Livestream event at www.apu.edu/live.
West Campus, Felix Event Center
7 -8:45 p.m. Alpha Group Time (Students Only)
Connect with other new students and meet your Alpha leader.
West Campus, Kresge Plaza
7 -8:45 p.m.  Just for Families Part 1 (Families and Guests Only)
This time is designed to discuss the transition within a family as students begin their APU journey and have the opportunity to take part in a long-standing family tradition. Spanish translation services available. Livestream event at www.apu.edu/live.
West Campus, Felix Event Center
8:45 -9:15 p.m. Candela
Join the APU community for a symbolic time of commissioning and blessing.
West Campus, Felix Event Center

Saturday, August 24

Time Description Location
9 a.m. -4 p.m. Offices Open for Business
View list of hours and locations.
Azusa Campus
9 -10 a.m.  Continental Breakfast West Campus, Hall of Champions
9 -10 a.m.      Legacy Breakfast
We want to celebrate your family continuing the APU legacy and join with other fellow alumni families to hear a special welcome from our new president, Adam J. Morris, Ph.D., and a chance to win alumni giveaways!
West Campus, Duke Art Gallery
9 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Hydration Station
Free water bottles available to stay hydrated throughout Welcome Weekend!
West Campus, Felix Event Center
10 -11:30 a.m. Thriving at APU
Join us for this informative and engaging time to learn how to thrive in the areas of Christian spiritual formation, student engagement, and student wellness at APU. Spanish translation services available. Livestream event at www.apu.edu/live.
West Campus, Felix Event Center
11:30 a.m. -12 p.m. Spiritual Engagement Fair
The Office of Service and Discipleship provides service opportunities for all APU students to fulfill their service requirements.
West Campus, Hall of Champions
11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Lunch West Campus, Felix Event Center
12 -1 p.m. Available Sub Group Meetings
Available sessions for First Generation College Students and Families, Pastor’s Kids and Families, and Military and Veteran Students and Families. View more information.
TBD
1:30 -3 p.m. Passport to APU (Students Only)
This session begins with a special Department of Campus Safety and Academic Success Services presentation. Then, join your Alpha Leader and Alpha group as you become familiar with the campus and locate important departments and classrooms for your specific academic schedule.
East Campus, Upper Turner Campus Center
1:30 -3 p.m.   Just for Families Part 2 (Families and Guests Only)
This session provides you and the family with resources and answers to questions you may have about your student’s journey here at APU. You will also hear from and connect with President Morris and his wife, Faith. This helpful session is intended to help families during this critical transitional phase. Spanish translation services available. Livestream event at www.apu.edu/live.
West Campus, Felix Event Center
3 -5 p.m. Take a Break, Run Errands, Get Settled (Residential Students, Families, and Guests)
Visit Campus Store, pick up ID cards, Cafes Open, Settle In.
You Choose!
3 -5 p.m. The Dome is Your Home (Commuter Students, Families, and Guests)
All commuter students, families, and guests are welcome to join the Commuter Life staff in the Cougar Dome to hang out, rest, and play some games before walking over to the Cougar Family Festival together!
Cougar Dome, East Campus
3:30 -5 p.m.  Honors Orientation III (Honors Students Only)
Honors College students participate in an informative and fun session with the Honors College Mentoring team. Meet your Honors Mentor and learn about the support systems and resources available to help you thrive.
East Campus, Wilden Hall
5 -9 p.m.  Cougar Family Festival
With In-n-Out trucks, carnival rides, snacks, face painting, and more, this will be a night to remember. Dinner will be served from 5-8 p.m. Please be sure to wear your meal wristbands!
East Campus, Campus Life Lawn/Lot D

Sunday, August 25

Time Description Location
8:30 a.m. -1 p.m. Offices Open for Business
View list of hours and locations.
Azusa Campus
8:30 -9:30 a.m. Prayer and Dedication (Families and Guests Only)
Join our spiritual life team as they lead a meaningful time of prayer and dedication.
West Campus, Duke Commons
9:30 -10:15 a.m.  Continental Breakfast Available
Join our community for this continental breakfast before we worship together.
West Campus, Hall of Champions
10:15 -11:30 a.m. APU Community Worship Service
Join our campus pastors and spiritual life staff as they lead us in an encouraging time of music worship, teaching, and prayer. Spanish translation services available. Livestream event at www.apu.edu/live.
West Campus, Felix Event Center
11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Lunch with Family and Friends
The city of Azusa and surrounding communities offer many great restaurant options. This time allows the opportunity to say goodbye to family members and pray for this transition.
Various Off Campus Locations

The family portion of the program is now over. After the APU Community Worship Service, We encourage families to go out to lunch together and then travel home safely.

The students-only part of Welcome Weekend continues!

Time Description Location
2 -4 p.m. Trivia Extravaganza: Scooby Dooby Doo, Welcome to the Zu
Join us for an afternoon in UTCC with other incoming students to play a friendly trivia competition! We will play multiple rounds of trivia and will provide snacks and refreshments for you to enjoy.
East Campus, Upper Turner Campus Center
5 -7 p.m. Dinner
Residential Students: Please bring your ID Card - you will utilize your meal plan.
Commuter Students: Please be ready to show your Welcome Weekend wristbands.
East Campus, 1899 Dining Hall
6 -7 p.m. Living Area Meetings - Trinity and Engstrom (Residential Students Only)
This will be your first mandatory all-living area meeting hosted in the living area you are assigned to. You will meet the Residence Life team of your living area, learn about the Community Expectations, and discuss Residence Life programs!
East Campus, Various Locations
7 -7:30 p.m.  Student [Mug]ging with Root Beer Floats
Join in on a longstanding APU tradition! Hosted by Alumni Engagement, enjoy a free root beer float and an APU mug to mark the beginning of your APU journey!
East Campus, Dillon Recreation Complex
7:30 -9 p.m. Good Times
Get an inside look at the incredible talent your Alpha Leaders have to offer. Bring a blanket and come early for a good seat; this traditional favorite fills up fast!
East Campus, Dillon Recreation Complex
9 -10 p.m.   Living Area Meetings - Adams, Shire, University Village (Residential Students Only)
This will be your first mandatory all-living area meeting hosted in the living area you are assigned to. You will meet the Residence Life team of your living area, learn about the Community Expectations, and discuss Residence Life programs!
East Campus, Various Locations

*Livestream option available at www.apu.edu/live

Additional Event Details

 

APU offices will be open to assist you in taking care of last-minute details and answering questions about the services provided by the office.

  • Academic Success Center (for class registration)
    • Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | East Campus, Academic Success Center
    • Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | West Campus, VIP Room
  • Campus Store and One Card Office | West Campus, Duke Commons
    • Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • Sunday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Hillside Grounds | West Campus, Duke Commons
    • Friday, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
    • Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Sunday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • IT Support Desk | East Campus
    • Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Mail Services | East Campus, Building 13
    • Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | ID CARD Pick Up (Friday ONLY)
    • Saturday, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. | East and West Campus
  • Office of Residence Life | East Campus, Engstrom Hall
    • Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Shalom Cafe | East Campus
    • Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.
    • Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Student Services Center (SSC) and Cashier’s Office | East Campus, SSC
    • Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • The Market | West Campus, Duke Commons
    • Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Welcome Center | East Campus
    • Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Alpha Leaders will be ready to assist you with the move-in process on behalf of the Welcome Weekend Team. When you arrive on campus on check-in day, please proceed to Engstrom Hall to officially check in to campus housing and get your room key. The student must be present. In addition, make sure to follow Campus Safety's directions when unloading your car. 

The Office of Residence Life will be open until 4:30 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. 

If you arrive outside those hours, please go to the student's assigned living area and find the Resident Advisor on duty. They will let you in, but you must come to the Office of Residence Life during office hours to officially check-in and receive your key. 

Office of Residence Life is open throughout the semester, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

First Generation College Student and Families Connect

You got here, now how do you stay here? If you are a first-general to college student (a student whose parents or guardians have not completed a bachelor's degree are referred to as first-generation), this event offers practical guidance for academic success, information on unique opportunities, and key approaches to obtaining meaningful co-curricular involvement. Students and families welcome!

Pastors Kids and Families Connect

The Center for Vocational Ministry welcome pastors’ kids and their parents for a reception. Join us for an afternoon break and refreshments while meeting current students, staff, and faculty who are PKs. We also want to honor visiting pastors and inform you about the resources at APU that can support you and your local congregation.

Military and Veteran Students and Families Connect

Military, veteran, reservist, or dependent? Come to this session! The Office of Military and Veteran Services would love to welcome you to campus, connect you with resources, and provide vital information to help you succeed at APU.