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Image: Photos of SF State students, families and guests at Welcome Days

Welcome Days 2015 Schedule

Below was a schedule of events for Welcome Days 2015. The schedule for 2016 will be updated soon! Check back often for updates!



Thursday, August 20th

Friday, August 21st

Saturday, August 22nd

Sunday, August 23rd

Monday, August 24th & Tuesday, August 25th

Parents Program Dinner information (Friday, August 21st)


Thursday, 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

7:30 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

Friday, August 21st

Welcome Days Registration

8 a.m. – 10 a.m. | Main Quad

Pick up your program with the schedule of events. Don’t forget your SF State Student ID card to check in.

Wake Up and Smell the Java/What's Happening Information Session

8 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Malcolm X Plaza

Enjoy a free cup of java and learn about Welcome Days event highlights in preparation for an exciting day. Sponsored by the SF State Alumni Association.

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


The Transfer Transition

10 a.m. – 11 a.m | Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building

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)

10 a.m. – 11 a.m | J.Paul Leonard Library Entrance

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)

10 a.m. – 11 a.m | Burk Hall, Room 28

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.

SF State Welcome: Faces of Community

11:15 a.m. – noon | 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. In addition, you will have the opportunity to enjoy performances from student organizations and campus artists. 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.

Taste of SF State

noon – 1:30 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

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | McKenna Theater, Creative Arts Building

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.

Parents Program Dinner- currently SOLD OUT

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center

Join us for the 4th Annual Parents Program Dinner during SF State's Welcome Days. Parents and family members of San Francisco State University are an important extension of the SF State community. To thank each family member for their support and partnership, SF State Parents Council in partnership with the Alumni Association want to extend a special invitation to you to break bread and socialize with other parents and learn about the exciting ways in which you can be involved with SF State and your student’s experience.

While you participate in the Parents Program Dinner, your student is encouraged to head over to the West Campus Green for the Student Life Carnival to enjoy music, food, games, laser tag and much more.

This event is currently sold out! To put your name on a waiting list, please email Tickets may be available at the door the day of the event.

Student Life Carnival

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

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

Greet a Gator

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | J. Paul. Leonard Library

The library isnt always quiet! Join us at the J. Paul Leonard Library where one night a year things can get a little loud with your new Gator friends.

SF State’s Got Talent

9 p.m. – 12 a.m. | Student Life Events Center

Various SF State student organizations and students (new and returning) showcase their talents through dance, music, and other performing arts. Come enjoy a night of fun as you the audience decide the winning act.

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Saturday, August 22nd

One Community – Day of Service

8:30 a.m. – noon | Malcolm X Plaza

Incoming students begin their community service experience, connecting with classmates, SF State and the San Francisco community. Students are invited to participate in beautification, landscaping and other service activities.
RSVP available online when you register for Welcome Days.

Journalism Department Mandatory Orientation

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | HUM 308

The Journalism Department Mandatory Orientation is required for incoming journalism transfer students. Students will learn how to be successful students in the department and the importance of advising. They will also learn about scholarships, workshops and other events that lead to on-time graduation.

Student Life Dance Party

9 p.m. – 12 a.m. | Student Life Events Center

Get ready to dance and connect with fellow incoming students. Bring your SF State ID for entry.

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Sunday, August 23rd

No scheduled events


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Monday, August 24th & Tuesday, 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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