Weeks of Welcome - A Great Start to An Even Better Year

We know that sending your student off to college can be filled with both excitement and anxiety. Our job is to make this transition as smooth as possible, which is why we have three weeks of activities and programs to help your student navigate this new community. This year’s Weeks of Welcome (WOW) began on August 22 with the Opening Celebration and New Student and Family Welcome Dinner and will end on September 12 with iServe.

At IUPUI, we are invested in your student’s success and wellbeing, and getting involved on campus, joining organizations and building relationships will help enhance the experience and commitment to graduate. WOW is designed to provide students with tools for success. Here’s a quick guide to help you be informed about WOW 2015:

  • Over 1,400 students picked up keys to move into campus housing. Our staff and student leaders were up before the sun getting ready for new students to arrive on campus and help with the move in process.
  • We provided dinner for over 1,600 families and students during the New Student & Family Welcome Dinner.
  • Over 700 students attended First Night in the Campus Center after it had been transformed into a space for students to meet new friends, listen to music, and meet the new IUPUI mascot, Jazzy.
  • 733 students attended Playfair on Sunday, August 23, which was followed by an EPIC class photo which can be viewed on the Parent and Family Facebook page.

students participating in jagnation play fair event

  • 3,361 students were helped by Team IUPUI on the first three days of school. From August 24-26, IUPUI faculty and staff were eagerly stationed around campus helping with any questions students had about navigating classrooms or building locations, handing out resources, and giving students a warm welcome to campus.
  • Chances are your student didn’t need to need to pack a lunch on August 26, because we had 58 vendors handing out free food at the Jagtag Campus and Community Connections Fair. 
  • Study Abroad Fair broke a new record with 900 students attending, along with 30 program directors showcasing opportunities around the world.
  • The Part-time Job Fair helped 1,500 students with the job search by hosting 90 employers on campus.
  • The newest WOW event was Field Day, where 17 student teams competed in 8 friendly mental and physical competitions.
  • The Involvement Expo featured over 200 student and community organizations for students to get involved on campus, and 10,577 students attended.
  • One of the oldest traditions on IUPUI’s campus is the Ice Cream Social, where 28 Distinguished Dippers served ice cream to students. These Distinguished Dippers included Chancellor Nasser Paydar, as well as Vice Chancellors and Deans from around campus that took the afternoon to spend time with over 1,000 students.
  • Multicultural Greek 101 was a huge success and had 200 students in attendance.
  • The Campus Center is the heart of IUPUI, and during its open house students had a chance to visit all the different offices to learn about their resources on campus.


  • On September 9, the diversity performance ‘The Meeting’ takes students to a hypothetical conversation between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.
  • On September 12, iServe is an opportunity for IUPUI first year students to get involved in community service around the Indianapolis community. IUPUI has been recognized nationally and internationally for its commitment to community and civic engagement.

So when your student tells you how the first weeks of college were busy, you know why. Ask if your student signed up to be part of a student organization, found a place to study abroad or learned something new. Research tells us that students who feel connected to the campus are more likely to stay and graduate. Your student’s success is our priority which is why Weeks of Welcome is so important. We value your student and we want everyone to know about all the wonderful resources at IUPUI and to make lifelong friends.

Welcome to IUPUI!