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Welcome Days 2016 Schedule


The schedule for 2016 will be updated regulary! Check back often for updates!




Saturday, August 20th

Sunday, August 21st

Monday, August 22nd

Tuesday, August 23rd

Wednesday, August 24th & Thursday, August 25th



Saturday, August 20th

Move-In Day

10 a.m. | University Housing

Welcome Home Resident BBQ

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Mary Ward Hall Lawn

While new Gators and their families are working up an appetite settling in to their new homes, join Sodexo dining services for a smoking BBQ!

Understanding your University Housing Installment and Financial Aid Payment Plans – Methods of Payments

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Seven Hills Conference Center

Learn about on-campus housing Installment Payment Plans, Housing Fee Payment Schedule and the Method of Payments.

Residential Life Parent Panel

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Seven Hills Conference Center

Professional staff will provide parents with important information regarding the residential experience. There will be a Questions and Answer session following the panel discussion.

Movie on the Lawn

8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. | West Campus Green

Relax, meet fellow new students and watch a newly released blockbuster film. Family and friends are welcome. The film will begin when it's dark outside! Sponsored by your Associated Students, Inc. (ASI).

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Information Session

Sunday, August 21st

Parent and New Student Brunch Send-Off (ticket purchase required)

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Location TBA

Students and Guests will enjoy special programming and brunch as we prepare to begin the Fall semester. Note- brunch requires additional ticket purchase when registering for Fall 2016 Welcome Days. Details provided during the registration process. Co-sponsored by the SF State Alumni Association.

Meet the Greeks

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Location TBA

The Fraternity and Sorority community represents a vibrant and dynamic part of the Student Life experience at SF State. Come join them for a fun and engaging series of activites aimed at helping you get to know other new students and meeting current Greek students and their organizations.

SF State Hypnotist and Mentalist Show

9:00 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Student Life Events Center (Annex 1)

Prepare to laugh and be wowed as you enjoy the show from our nationally recognized hypnotist and mentalist.

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Monday, August 22nd


Welcome Days Check In and Registration

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. | Don Nasser Family Plaza (Main Gym)

Receive your Welcome Days materials and schedule for the day. Be sure to bring your SF State Student ID OneCard with you during check in.


Academic & Student Life Resources

Various Times 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. | Various locations (see printed program)

University colleges, departments and support programs will host a variety of information sessions to assist students in learning about the many options and resources available to achieve academic success and engagement at SF State. Sessions include tours, general information sessions, and resource guides

  • Check out the tentative information on Academic & Student Life

SF State Welcome: Faces of Community

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Main Quad

This event is the official SF State welcome to all incoming students including remarks from the University President, President of Associated Students, Inc., Dean of Students, and the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management. Each speaker will provide insight into the SF State experience through his or her unique perspective. SF State invites incoming students, their family and guests to discover the many faces that make up our diverse and multifaceted University community. As you begin your journey at SF State, you will learn that it will be a unique, challenging and enriching experience.


The Transfer Transition

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m | Location TBA

Transfer students are already familiar with college life. However, every institution has its own way of doing things. Learn how to best achieve academic success at SF State as an incoming transfer student.

Welcome to the Real World (First-Year Students)

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m | Location TBA

Welcome to college life. Student actors convey possible real-world scenarios while University departments provide helpful tips regarding safety, wellness, and student success.

Home Away From Home (Parents)

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m | Location TBA

Administrators and staff provide family and guests with important information regarding safety and wellness resources at SF State. There will be a Questions and Answers session following the panel discussion.

Taste of SF State

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Main Quad/Lawn, Malcolm X Plaza and Cesar Chavez Student Center

Grab some free food, sample SF State cuisine, learn how to get involved in student activities and enjoy music at this food fair and student activities showcase.

Café 101, Café Rosso, Sodexo, Gold Coast Grill & Catering, Nizario’s Pizza, Natural Sensations, Station Café, Subway, Taqueria Girasol, Taza Smoothies & Wraps, Village Market & Pizza

First Class

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Location TBA

Join us for your first official class presentation at SF State!

Presenters TBD

Student Success Workshops

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Various Classrooms (see printed program)

Various workshops will be offered for parents and incoming students to choose from to provide detailed information regarding academic programs, University resources and tips on how to be successful at SF State.

  • Check out tentative information on Student Success Workshops

Student Life Carnival

5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | West Campus Green

Enjoy an evening of music, food, games, and much more as we bring the carnival to SF State.

Greet a Gator

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Location TBA

Looking for something a little more low-key? Bring yourself and your new gator friends to Greet a Gator and enjoy some games, snacks, and other activities to help you unwind and connect.

Student Center Blow Out Bash

9 p.m. – 12 a.m. | Cesar Chavez Student Center

Various programs and entertainment are in store for this year's Student Center Blow Out Bash! Activities include a dance party, live entertainment, The Depot, and other programming aimed at helping you meet new students!

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Tuesday, August 23rd

On-Campus Employment Fair

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Main Quad/Lawn, Malcolm X Plaza and Cesar Chavez Student Center

Looking for an on-campus job? Join us as you meet and greet with various campus departments and employers looking to fill student employee experiences! Clean up your resume and brush up on those networking skills!

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Wednesday, August 24th & Thursday, August 25th

Welcome to Student Life Information Fair

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Malcolm X Plaza/Quad

Learn about the many departments, student organizations and resources on campus that help shape the Student Life experience. Students will also have the opportunity to suggest new ideas for Student Life at SF State.

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