Welcome Week

Welcome to the family! You're Alfred University bound, so 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.


Not only informational, but fun, too, Welcome Week is your first real taste of what makes Alfred so very "Alfred." We have an exciting lineup of activities planned to help you transition right into life at AU.

August 2023

Friday August 25th
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. New to AU: Student Check-In
Joyce Walton Center
Come get all your business taken care of at this one stop shop; room key, ID card, schedule, mailbox key, and vehicle registration. We can’t wait to welcome you and get you started on the right foot.
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Bookstore Open
Powell Campus Center, 2nd floor
Pick up all that you need for your first semester at Alfred University.

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Brick Lawn Barbecue
Under the tent in Brick Lawn for Lunch, served by AVI
Please join us for our annual kick-off barbecue for new students and their families.
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. It Takes a Village – How to Support Your Student
Parent/support person session, Student Experience
Knight Club, Powell Campus Center
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Dean’s Informational Meetings – REQUIRED
Location: Varies by school/college.

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Miller Theater
  • College of Business – Olin 302
  • School of Engineering – Nevins Theater
  • School of Art and Design/Performing Arts – CD Smith III Theater
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Class Picture at the Fiat Lux Sign!
Before lining up for Allen Walk and Opening Convocation, the class of 2027 will meet at the Fiat Lux sign adjacent to the Powell Campus Center, for a class picture.
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Allen Walk - REQUIRED
In front of Powell Campus Center
New students will walk from their class picture to McLane Center with their classmates and be welcomed by faculty and staff to our beautiful campus.
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Opening Convocation - REQUIRED
Location: McLane Gym
Convocation is an important event to welcome you to your journey at Alfred University. Opening remarks by President Zupan and Student Senate President Natalie Reynolds.
This is the last program designed for family members.
3:45 p.m. Visitors Depart
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Advising Meetings
Location:  Varies by school
CLAS and CoB faculty advisors to meet with students throughout campus.
SoAD/PA and SoE students will meet with Center for Advising Staff.
5:00 p.m.

LLC meetings - REQUIRED

  • Tefft - Powell, Kenyon/Allen Room
  • Moskowitz - Powell, Nevins Theater
  • Baressi- Powell, Knight Club
  • Cannon - Olin 302
  • Bartlett and all other first year students - Seidlin 114
5:00 p.m. Commuter Reception
Bookend Lounge, Herrick Library
A welcome & networking for commuter students with tips and trick from current commuters.
6:00 p.m. Dinner in Ade Hall
Students IDs available for pick-up if taken at check in
7:30 p.m. The People in Your Neighborhood - REQUIRED
Holmes Auditorium
Various offices/resources available on campus and how they can help.
– Residence life staff will bring students down to Playfair.
9:30 p.m. Playfair - Required
Location: Joyce & Walton Center
Playfair is “the ultimate icebreaker” – a huge interactive party hosted by returning students.
Saturday August 26th
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Brunch
Ade Dining Hall
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. College Work Study Meeting
Nevins Theater
Required for student with work-study as part of their financial aid package. We review College Work-Study procedures, regulations, and job possibilities.
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Returning Student Check In
Joyce & Walton Center
Returning students, make this your very first stop on campus. We are excited to welcome you back to campus.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Mini Golf @ Herrick Library, Scavenger Hunt and Plant Give Away @ Scholes Library
Mini-Golf “tour” of Herrick Library. Scavenger hunt and plant give away at Scholes. There is a limited supply of plants, so come early! Complete the mini golf course and/or scavenger hunt to enter a drawing for prizes.
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Hike & Bike
King Alfred Statue
Bike around Alfred with Dr. McGowan, Hike with Forest People.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Chalk the Walk, Field Day Activities
Brick Lawn Sidewalk
All supplies are provided by Partner for Prevention in Allegany County.  To be eligible for the $250 first-place, works should include an anti-tobacco theme, drug-free or alcohol-free message.
3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. After the Fire - REQUIRED
Holmes Auditorium
Fire Safety training for all first-year students living in residence halls.
5:30 p.m. Honors Orientation
Honors House, 8 Park Street
Required for first-year honors students.
This event includes dinner, group work and an opportunity to meet your fellow Honors Students.
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Dinner
Ade Dining Hall
8:00 p.m. BINGO - BIG PRIZES
Holmes Auditorium
Come experience your first AU Bingo night, they are legendary! Prizes include electronics, dorm essentials, snacks, swag and more!
9:00 p.m. Game Night – Jackbox, board games, Switch
Powell Campus Center student lounge & Nevins theater
Jackbox, Switch, board games, and more!
Sunday August 27th
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cartoons & Coffee
Nevins Theater
Come enjoy coffee and cartoons with the Center for Advising and Chloe the Poodle.
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Returning Student Check In
Joyce & Walton Center
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Brunch
Ade Dining Hall
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center Tour
Transportation provided from Brick Hall to Equestrian Center & Back
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Foster Lake Trip
Transportation from Brick Hall to Foster Lake & back
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Alfred Farmers Market
Village Bandstand
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Sex Signals – REQUIRED for first year students.
Location: Holmes Auditorium
This mandatory sexual assault prevention program uses a humor-facilitated, and inclusive approach to examining our culture, sex, and prevention strategies.
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Judson Leadership Center Open House
Judson Leadership Center
Come grab a snack and learn about our leadership programs!
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Lawn games, music and more!
Brick Lawn and King Alfred Lawn (the Quad)
Music, lawn games and activities.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Nacho First Year
Brick Lawn
Welcoming all students back to campus - Nacho Bar, Mac & Cheese Bar.
7:30 p.m. Honors: Death by Chocolate
Location: Honors House, 8 Park Street
Required for new and returning Honors Students.
8:00 p.m. Block Party
Brick Lawn
Block party is a club fair hosted by the Center for Student Involvement so you can explore our student clubs and organizations. Music, games, giveaways and more…GET INVOLVED!
9:30 p.m. Floor Meetings - REQUIRED
Individual residence halls  
During your first community "floor" meeting, you will learn about who you'll share your space with, the residence life policies you are expected to abide by, and set standards for your community.