Heidelberg University is anxiously awaiting your arrival and to help you with your transition, we have created Welcome Week - a week’s worth of programs just for our new students. Welcome Week will begin with Move-In Day on Friday, August 23 and will continue until Monday, September 2. As a new student at Heidelberg, we encourage you to take advantage of all the academic, service, social, and spirit activities planned specifically for you. Your participation in Welcome Week will put you on the right path to a successful life at the Berg. Please note: some events are mandatory for all new students, and attendance will be taken.
At Welcome Week you will...
...reconnect with your adviser and meet faculty members
...build friendships with your classmates
...become an expert in navigating campus
...demonstrate the academic and social expectations of the University
...sign up for student groups and other engagement opportunities
Prepare for Welcome Week
It is important to prepare early for Welcome Week so you can be confident when you start the program. Here are some steps you can take to prepare now:
After you confirm your enrollment to Heidelberg:
- Mark your calendar for August 23 - September 2, 2013.
- Plan family vacations, work schedules, and housing leases (if living off-campus) early so you will be able to start Welcome Week on August 23.
- Check in for Welcome Week to receive your materials and freebies!
- Take advantage of your time to get settled before Welcome Week begins. You will be busy with activities beginning at 2pm on August 23.
- Say good-bye to your parents and/or guests before your 2pm Kick-Off meeting.
- Have a great time learning about campus and meeting new people!
Who needs to go?
Is Welcome Week required?
The short answer: Yes.
Welcome Week is a required program and attendance is integral to your transition to the University.
The choice to attend is similar to the decisions you’ll be making every day of your undergraduate career—whether to attend class or not, whether to meet with your academic adviser or not, or whether to get involved in student activities.
Just like regular class attendance has a positive impact on academic success, attending Welcome Week will enhance your academic experience by helping you get acquainted with HU and build a sense of community…before your first semester starts. Welcome Week is the University’s way of ensuring you have a purposeful start to your college journey.
Seeking an exemption
We understand that some students may have conflicts during Welcome Week and may wish to be excused from some or all programming. On occasion, the Office of Student Engagement may grant exemptions to students who demonstrate conflicts that are deemed sufficient to warrant an exemption. We will begin accepting requests for exemptions on June 17, 2013 and they are due on August 16, 2013. Contact Student Engagement at 419-448-2207 or email@example.com to learn more.
Examples of potentially warranted exemptions include, but are not limited to, medical need, dependent child care, severe illness, unexpected family emergencies, or active military duty.
Note: Any student granted an exemption will still be required to participate in certain Welcome Week activities, including Convocation, Meeting of the Majors, and other events. A list of mandatory events will be available soon.
PSEO students who are enrolled as freshmen for Fall 2013 are required to participate in Welcome Week.