Welcome Week

Welcome Week is the official beginning of your experience as a Baylor Bear! During Welcome Week you will have opportunities to connect with other incoming students, as well as with returning students who are excited to welcome you into the Baylor community.


2016 Welcome Week Schedule

Wednesday, August 17

Morning - Select Living Learning Programs Move-In

6:00 PM - Living-Learning Program Welcome Dinners
Location: Various Locations
Kick off the LLP experience at dinner with your new Baylor community.

Thursday, August 18

Morning - MOVE2BU

6:30 PM - Festival at the Fountain
Location: 5th Street and Rosenbalm Fountain
Rain: On-Campus Residence Halls
Join in with the entire Baylor family for a celebration on 5th Street! Various desserts will be served from local Waco vendors.

8:00 PM - Small Group Roundup
Location: Fountain Mall
Come together to connect with your small group, and meet your WW Leaders!

Friday, August 19

9:00 AM - Small Group Gathering
Location: Baylor Science Building Fields
Rejoin your Welcome Week Small Group before heading together to Academic Convocation.

10:00 AM - Academic Convocation
Location: Ferrell Center
Experience your official welcome to Baylor's unique and exciting academic community.

12:00 PM - Lunch with Small Group
Location: Residential Restaurants

Afternoon - Academic Events & Open Houses
Location: Various Locations
Spend the afternoon engaging with your academic area.

6:00 PM - Dinner with Small Group
Location: Residential Restaurants

8:00 PM - Spirit Rally
Location: Ferrell Center
Discover the exciting spirit and tradition of the Baylor Nation. Sic 'Em Bears! (Doors open at 7:30pm)

9:30 PM - CL&L Tradition
Location: Ferrell Center
An opportunity to begin building relationships with others in your residential community! You will not want to miss this fun evening of activities hosted by your residence hall staff!

Saturday, August 20

11:30 AM - Lunch with Small Group
Location: Residential Restaurants

1:00 PM - Celebration of Community and Faith
UPDATED LOCATION: BDSC: Barfield Drawing Room
Engage with representatives of local churches and communities of faith.

4:00 PM - Floor Meetings & Residence Hall Gatherings
Location: Residence Halls
An afternoon of fun and adventure and with your residence hall community.

8:00 PM - The Big Event
Location: Ferrell Center
Come enjoy food, games, and live entertainment!

Sunday, August 21

Morning - Church
Location: Waco Churches

12:00 PM - Lunch with Small Group
Location: Residential Restaurants

5:30 PM - Dinner with Small Group
Location: Residential Restaurants

7:00 PM - Welcome Week Worship Service
Location: Ferrell Center
A special night of all-campus worship and reflection.

8:30 PM - Final Small Group Gathering
Location: Ferrell Center Lawn

First Week of Class Events

Monday, August 22

9:00 AM - Spiritual Life Welcome Breakfast
UPDATED LOCATION: Bobo Spiritual Life Center
Sponsored by Spiritual Life

7:00pm (Doors open at 6:15pm) - It's On Us, BU New Student Seminar
Location: Ferrell Center
Required seminar for all new students.

Tuesday, August 23

3:00 PM - Dr Pepper Hour
Location: Barfield Drawing Room (BDSC)

7:00 PM - Out of State Mixer
Location: Bill Daniel Student Center - Barfield Drawing Room
Sponsored by New Student Programs

Wednesday, August 24

6:30 PM - Mosaic Mixer
Location: Vara Martin Daniel Plaza
Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs

Thursday, August 25

6:00 PM - Black Student Welcome
Location: Barfield Drawing Room
Sponsored by Baylor NAACP

Friday, August 26

7:00 PM - Transfer Student Mixer
Location: Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation 143/144
Sponsored by Baylor Transfer Council

9:00 PM - Late Night
Location: Various Campus Locations
Sponsored by Student Activities and Campus Recreation

Saturday, August 27 - Sunday, August 28

All day - New Student Retreat
Location: Camp Buckner
Experience a fantastic opportunity to meet other new students, learn more about opportunities to get involved on campus through Spiritual Life, and to connect with God in your new community!
Sponsored by Baylor Formation


Apply for the 2016 Welcome Week Staff!

Small Group Leader

Small Group Leaders will co-facilitate a group of 18 to 24 new students and model building healthy relationships while encouraging students in their holistic development, including: pursuing academic excellence, spiritual growth, relationship building, and a healthy lifestyle. Leaders will accompany new students to planned local activities to help introduce the new students to Baylor and Waco.

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Task Force

Task Force Members play a crucial role in the success of Welcome Week by providing logistical management and support for the week's events. The TF handles important tasks around campus creating an atmosphere of excellence and enthusiasm for Welcome Week.

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Welcome Week