Welcome Week

Welcome to the family! You're Alfred University bound...now what? Welcome Week! It's a series of fun and exciting events and opportunities to meet and connect with other new Saxons in your first few days at Alfred University. We have an exciting line up of activities to help you transition right into life at AU!

Welcome Week Schedule 2019

Thursday, August 22


Campus Check-in
Joyce Walton Center
Make this your very first stop on campus. Come get all of your business taken care of at this one-stop shop for your room keys, ID card, schedule and vehicle registration. We can’t wait to welcome you and get you started on the right foot.


Bookstore Open
Powell Campus Center
Pick up all that you need for your first semester at Alfred.


Opening Picnic
Brick Lawn
Please join us for our annual kick-off picnic for new students and their families.


Required General College Sessions
Various Locations (see below)
Students meet their college Dean and learn about their academic programs:

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Miller Theater
  • College of Business, Nevins Theater
  • Inamori School of Engineering, Ade Dining Hall
  • School of Art and Design and Performing Arts Division, Harder Hall, Holmes Auditorium


Allen Walk and 2019 Opening Convocation (Required)
New students will walk from their Dean’s meetings to McLane through “Allen Walk” officially beginning our 184th year of learning. Convocation is an important event to welcome you to your new journey at Alfred. There will be opening remarks by President Mark Zupan and Student Senate President. You will also hear a memorable first lecture of your college career.


Transfer & Commuter Student Reception, Knight Club
Powell Campus Center
Meet other transfer and commuter students along with helpful staff who will discuss services and programs of particular interest to you.


Free Time and Goodbyes
Throughout Campus
This is the ideal time to finish moving into your room and say goodbye to your family.


Ade Dining Hall
Come experience all the delicious entrees available to you on a daily basis.


Hall Meetings (Required) Individual Halls
A special gathering to meet your hall staff and fellow residents, review important University policies, and discuss expectations for community living.


Joyce & Walton Center
Playfair is a huge interactive party hosted by returning students. AU students often list Playfair as one of their most memorable Orientation experiences.

Friday, August 23


Ade Dining Hall


Required Academic Time with Deans and Advisors
Various Locations (See below)
At this meeting your Dean will give tips on getting the most out of your AU education. This will also be a time to get to know your advisor:

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Miller Theater, Miller PAC
  • College of Business, Olin Building, Room 302
  • Inamori School of Engineering, Nevins Theater
  • School of Art and Design and Performing Arts Division, Harder Hall, Holmes Auditorium


Ade Dining Hall


Common Ground First Meeting
Various Locations Throughout Campus
A meeting with your Common Ground group. This is a great way to meet a small group of students from different backgrounds, majors, programs and experiences to have some discussions throughout your first semester.


Language* Placement Exam
Science Center, Roon Lecture Hall
*French, German & Spanish exams
Who is required to take the Placement Exam?

  • Students who have taken more than two years of a language in high school and are planning to take the same language at AU must take the exam.
  • Students who are bilingual or native speakers or who have spoken the language at home.
  • Students who wish to demonstrate proficiency in another language should contact Dr. Kerry Kautzman about procedures.

Students do NOT need to take the exam if they did not study a language previously or if they are planning to take a different language in college. The Placement Exam may only be taken once per language. No credit is given for passing the Placement Exam.
Please remember to bring your student ID and a #2 pencil

4:30pm and also at 5:00pm

Mandatory Meeting: College Work Study
Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center
Procedures, regulations, and job possibilities will be discussed at this mandatory meeting for College Work Study Program participants. Important: once you have secured a College Work Study position, you will need the following documentation to complete your electronic I-9 form: either (a) your original Social Security Card or original birth certificate plus your driver’s license or Alfred Student ID card or (b) your valid passport. Please be sure to bring this documentation with you when you come to campus to avoid any delay in starting your College Work Study position.


Ade Dining Hall


Transfer and Commuter Student Dinner
Susan Howell Hall
This is another chance to meet with other transfer and commuter students and talk to some faculty members.


Military Affairs Reception
Alumni Lounge, 2nd floor, Powell Campus Center
Alfred University invites military veterans, dependents, and those who may wish to support veterans to a light reception where one can meet fellow veterans, learn about what AU has to offer to military veterans, and to ask any questions regarding GI benefits and other needs. We also would like to invite any student who would like to learn more about Alfred’s Army ROTC program.


Fresh Meet 2019 Exhibition and Reception
Robert C. Turner Gallery
Come out and experience your first art show put on by the incoming students in the School of Art and Design.


Team Trivia
Knight Club, Powell Campus Center
Come out to see how strong you are in “useless” trivia. Teams will be formed at the event. Prizes for top teams.


Drop in, Game on!
Institute for Cultural Unity 1st Floor, Powell Campus Center
The ICU hosts a drop-in game night with a variety of board games, card games and snacks!


Movie: Endgame
Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center

Saturday, August 24


Breakfast, Ade Dining Hall


Join Alfred Alumna Donna Nupp on a Hikyoga® adventure! King Alfred Statue
Hikyoga is an amazing new yoga practice that takes yoga outside. Hikyoga blends hiking and yoga. Hikyoga awakens the
lives of others by promoting individuals to be more present in the outdoors. Our adventure opens up with light yoga
stretches and continues with a hike where we will pause to stop, drop and yoga along the way. No equipment is needed. Please, just wear comfortable shoes suitable for light hiking, appropriate clothing for movement & a bottle of water.


Sex Signals, Miller Theater
A fun and interactive program that shows the good, the bad and the ugly sides of the college dating scene.


Ade Dining Hall


Bike Tour
This ride will give you info about routes in the area and a chance to meet some other bikers in Alfred. If you don’t have a bike, you can borrow a bike from the Bike Hub on the first floor of the Powell Campus Center. (Borrowers please arrive by 1:45pm). The bike tour will leave from the Bike Hub.

2:00pm & 3:00pm

Pine Hill Trail Hike
This hike will be led by our Forest People/Outdoor Club who will guide you on a trail right on our campus.


Open Gym, Pool, and Fitness Center
Come to the Joyce & Walton Center for a game of basketball or a nice run on the indoor track. Get your swimsuit out to swim some laps and cool off from the heat in Alfred.


Game Time! King Alfred's Lawn
Join the Institute for Cultural Unity students for games and a fun time playing some KanJam and other outdoor activities.


Chalk the Walk with the Art Force 5 Brick Hall Sidewalk
All supplies provided free of charge. Enter this art competition and win big money.


Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center Tour at the Maris Cuneo Equine Park
Transportation will be provided. The bus will depart from in front of the Brick residence hall.


Kick-Off Barbecue Brick Lawn
Pull up some lawn and enjoy Alfred’s August breeze.


Required Honors Student Orientation 8 Park Street
This event will include dinner/dessert, group work, and an opportunity to meet your fellow new Honors students.


Activities Fair and Block Party Brick Lawn
Student Senate presents the annual fair of all AU’s student organizations! Check out the booths, meet the Student Senate, catch some performances, and discover a new passion!


Comedian: Fumi, Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center
Come and watch one of our great comedians who has been a repeat performer on our campus.

Sunday, August 25


Bagel Brunch and Games Hillel House, 18 South Main Street
Come experience some great bagels and fun with Hillel at their house on Main Street. After bagels there will be video, card and board games to play. Everyone is welcome.


Brunch Ade Dining Hall


Farmers' Market Village Bandstand
Pick up some treats and enjoy meeting our local farmers. The farmers’ market runs every Sunday through October.


Games on the Lawn Brick Lawn
Have fun playing some games and getting the chance to meet other new students before classes start on Monday.


Dinner Ade Dining Hall


“Death by Chocolate” Honors Reception, 8 Park Street