Bulldog Welcome Week

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BULLDOG WELCOME WEEK: the most anticipated week of the summer!

students during welcome week

Bulldog Welcome Week 2018: August 21 (Tuesday) - August 25 (Saturday)

Incoming first year students are required to attend Bulldog Welcome Week. Even if you are not living on campus, participation in Bulldog Welcome Week is mandatory. Information on the schedule of events as well as important registration information will be available via the mobile app platform. Details on the app will be sent via email later in the summer.  

All incoming students will be placed into small orientation groups known as RockGroups; each RockGroup is led by an upperclass student leader called a RockStar.  Throughout the day, there are mandatory activities designed to get students prepared for college classes and for the transition to college life.  

Questions? Learn more about frequently asked questions regarding Bulldog Welcome Week here

Schedule Overview

Tuesday, August 21st

  • Housing & Residence Life Move-in 
  • Check-in for BWW - 8:30am - 4:30pm in Kirby Ballroom
    • Don't forget to BRING your UMD STUDENT ID. You will need it to check-in for BWW
  • Late Check-in for BWW - 4:30pm - 7:00pm in Kirby Ballroom
  • Bulldog Preview BBQ, football scrimmage, and family-friendly games and activities 

Wednesday, August 22 - Saturday, August 25

  • RockGroup meetings
  • Mandatory Events (available August 2018)
  • Social Events (available August 2018)

What to Expect

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

  • become more familiar with UMD's academic expectations
  • make many new friends including other new students and current UMD student leaders
  • learn what it means to be a UMD Bulldog - introduction to UMD community expectations
  • 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!

Created by Students For Students

Three student interns, 130 RockStars, and 15 student volunteers are all a part of creating this helpful and meaningful program for you. SIT Professional Staff help guide and advise these amazing student leaders, but rest assured--these students know what you are going through because they went through it before.  They are working hard to make BWW 2017 the best one yet!

Follow Along on Social Media

We offer lots of fun, casual insights into the creation of Bulldog Welcome Week as well as opportunities to follow along throughout the week itself. Follow us on Twitter @UMD_BWW, Snapchat at UMD-BWW, & Instagram at bulldogwelcomeweek!