During Bulldog Welcome Week you will become familiar with UMD's academic expectations, make new friends, meet faculty and staff, explore the campus, and get connected to UMD.

What to Expect

Bulldog Welcome Week begins with move-in on Tuesday, August 25th and continues through the first week of classes. New first year students are required to attend the Bulldog Welcome Week events starting with check-in on Tuesday, August 25th and continuing through August 29th, 2015.

Bulldog Welcome Week is a great way to dive into your UMD experience! During the long weekend, you will:

  • become more familiar with UMD's academic expectations
  • make many new friends including other new students and current UMD student leaders
  • meet staff and faculty
  • learn some tips for keeping on top of your finances during college
  • connect with student organizations, campus activities and ways to get involved
  • get to know the campus and campus resources
  • explore the city of Duluth
  • get connected to UMD!

More great activities for all students will continue through August 31- September 5. For more information please visit the Kirby Student Center website.

Event Highlights

Chancellor’s Welcome and Convocation

During the Chancellor’s Welcome and Convocation incoming students will get a chance to hear from our Chancellor Lendley Black, who will share his thoughts about becoming a member of UMD's scholarly and social community.

Pep Rally

Following the Chancellor’s Welcome and Convocation, our new Bulldogs will get a chance to join the fun and participate in a rousing introduction to our outstanding student athletes and the UMD marching band! There will be pom poms, facepaint, prizes, and more to ensure a exciting good time!

Bulldog Scramble

A frenzy of fun activity. One of our most popular events, the Bulldog Scramble is the ultimate icebreaker. We get all the incoming students out on the football field and set them up to get to know a ton of other people. There will be a lot running around, high energy rock paper scissor battles, and more fun than should be allowed in such a small stadium. Be prepared with proper shoes and a friendly attitude. It will be worth every moment of your time.

Stay Safe

Stay Safe is UMD’s presentation that informs students on how they can work with pre-standing resources to help prevent and deal with issues that plague college campuses all across the United States. Run by members of UMD staff and community partners, students will hear the information directly from people they will deal with if a crisis arises regarding alcohol and safety, sexual assault, bystander awareness, active shooters, and common-sense defense.

Live Like a Student

Live Like a Student, run by UMD’s Financial Literacy Educator Niki Pechinski, is a program that helps new students find ways to manage their finances and learn about credit and student expenses while attending UMD. With prizes and information to give away en mass, it is a can’t miss event.

Duluth Rocks

Students choose to come to UMD for a number of reasons. We know that one of the big draws to UMD is the incredible natural resources of Lake Superior and the North Woods, not to mention the terrific town of Duluth. So, during Duluth Rocks students are given the opportunity to explore the surrounding community and get a feeling for Duluth. Students will also be able to join in various activities around the campus that will help them to connect to UMD and the wider community. Areas open to visits include Canal Park, Glensheen Mansion, Lake Superior Zoo, and nature areas in walking distance of the UMD campus.


Think Bingo, but with a UMD twist! We have a ton of prizes donated by local businesses and our campus partners to give away and a bingo card that is specifically designed to help familiarize students with the UMD campus. So, be sure to stop by on Sunday, August 31st to meet the Bulldog Welcome Week Coordinators and try your hand at winning some free stuff.

RockGroup Meetings

During Welcome Week, students are required to attend a variety of RockGroup Meetings. RockGroups are our orientation groups, and they are designed to connect new incoming students with existing UMD attendees, who have displayed an extensive knowledge of and passion for our campus. They will help you find important resources on campus, learn about what UMD has to offer, facilitate interactions with other students, and be a point of contact for you throughout your transition into UMD.