We strongly encourage all new students to participate in as many activities during the Fall Welcome Week as possible. All activities are designed to introduce students to the learning community, provide important details and information regarding various academic departments, university policies, advising information, etc. Moreover, they are also created to provide opportunities for you to develop social and professional networks that you will need to rely on as you navigate your Ship academic career and as you develop your resume for a competitive career search.
Nevertheless, some activities are geared toward different audiences and they may not be as pertinent to your needs and interests. If you have to be selective in the activities that you participate in we recommend that you plan to:
- Arrive on campus on August 24 in the afternoon to pick up your Welcome Week information and materials in the CUB. Please stay through New Student Welcome Convocation. Other activities will follow and, if you are able, please participate. Check out the Fall Welcome Week Schedule for additional programs geared for non-traditional students.
- Attend Student Success Conference Activities on August 26. Sessions begin in the morning and run through the afternoon. As possible, identify and make contact with other non-traditional students so you are able to make connections and build new friendships.
If your time allows, please register and participate in service-learning projects scheduled for Saturday August 27, and other activities throughout the rest of the weekend, you will find some activities rewarding and beneficial for you. Check out the Fall Welcome Week and the Orientation webpages for more details.