During Week of Welcome (WOW) we gear up for the new school year and welcome all our new students. To introduce students to our campus community, we host a number of activities and programs before classes begin so students can become familiar with the university’s array of resources, meet new people, and make new friends.
Download the App
All the information on this website—and more—is available in the brand-new Be a Duck app. Download it to access the full Week of Welcome schedule, an interactive campus map, important campus contacts, and more. Just search “Be a Duck” in the app store on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Explore before you arrive!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Specific times and locations sent to students’ uoregon email
Get all your details about Move-In Day on the Residence Life website. Be sure to follow the instructions emailed from Residence Life to your uoregon email address, because your move-in time is assigned specifically for you. So how exaclty does the UO move you and a few thousand of your peers into your residence halls in a single day? Well, we hate to brag, but we're kinda good at it.
Week of Welcome Kickoff
8:00 p.m. in Matthew Knight Arena
Meet up with your Flock and start Week of Welcome off right. The WOW Kickoff is where it all begins, and you do NOT want to miss it. You’ll meet your Flock and your Student Orientation Staff member (SOSer) in a specific section in the arena. To find which section your Flock is sitting in, check out the Find Your Flock website. See yourself on the jumbotron when you post photos with #callmeaduck. We'll also light up Matthew Knight Arena with glow sticks and a few other surprises you won't want to miss.
Duck N2 the Rec
Immediately following the Kickoff at the Student Recreation Center
We’re taking over the Rec Center. Follow the crowd from the arena after the Kickoff and experience all the Rec has to offer. Tour the brand new facilities, hang out with your new friends, and get your zumba on. Check out last year's Duck N2 the Rec.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Residence Life and First-Year Interest Group Meetings
Time and locations listed on the WOW mobile app and sent via email
These meetings are required if you live in the residence halls and/or are enrolled in a FIG. To find the times and locations of your required meetings, check out the Week of Welcome app or watch your uoregon email.
The College Block
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at the EMU Ballroom
You don’t have to wait until graduation to get involved in the work you love. From social justice to sustainability, humanities to health, explore how to apply your academic interests at the UO and make the most of your degree. Discover opportunities beyond the classroom, connect with people in the know, and develop next steps to incorporate your passions into your first year and beyond.
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Business College Block at the Lillis Atrium
Get a jump start on finding your niche in the LCB! All student clubs and services will be available for you to meet some of their leadership and find out how to become involved. Learn more about LCB clubs. Additionally, LCB study abroad program, The Job Shadow Program, Career Services, Tutoring, and other services will be represented.
We Are Oregon Pep Rally
4:00 p.m. at Hayward Field
Learn what it takes to be in the student section as a Duck, the dedication, the energy, the noise! We’ll celebrate our student-athletes and coaches while learning what it means to be a fan at the UO. We have free t-shirts for everyone who attends. This pep rally will get you ready for gameday.
Immediately following the pep rally
Don't miss out on being part of the legacy of your class with this year's class photo. All of your friends of the class of 2019 will be around you throwing up the O. Yes, you'll be able to see yourself in the photo, and YES you'll look fabulous.
The Flock Party
5:15 p.m.–late in and around the EMU
The Flock Party provides a fun, interactive, and informative celebration to welcome University of Oregon students and sets the tone for the new year. The Flock Party is the largest campus-wide welcome event of the year. Find an organization to join, get free food and swag, and have a blast at the UO's block party we call the Flock Party!
The party starts with what's become the anthem of the UO's student section—SHOUT!
Students will be led to the Flock Party immediately following the Class Photo. Current students are invited to volunteer for the Flock Party and other WOW events. If your organization would like a table at the Flock Party, please complete the online table request form.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Football Game: The Ducks take on Utah
Game time 5:45 p.m. at Autzen Stadium, Watch Party at the Rec Center
You've waited so long. It's finally here. Game day! Take the walk to Autzen and get your O in the air. Don’t know how to get student tickets? Check out the student ticket information at GoDucks.com. Don't have a ticket to the football game? No worries. We'll show the Ducks take on Utah on the big screen in the lobby of the Student Rec Center. Pizza will be served, but capacity is limited to the first 450 students.
Hike Mount Pisgah
10:00–5:00 p.m. shuttle bus picks up at 13th Avenue on the hour near Matthew Knight Arena, signup for a spot outside Oregon Hall
Breathe in Eugene's incredible outdoor scene with a 1.7-mile hike up Mount Pisgah led by UO Outdoor Programs. Expect an elevation gain of 1,050 feet. The final shuttle departure from campus will be at 4:00 p.m.
10:00–noon, meet in front of Oregon Hall
Heard about the famous walk to Autzen? Let us show you how beautiful “over the river and through the woods” can be while previewing one of the UO’s oldest traditions – University Day. Serve the UO community by helping to keep our community and campus clean and learn about service opportunities and events at the UO. Help serve and get snacks and a free t-shirt.
10:00–3:00 p.m. at the EMU Craft Center
Get artsy at the brand new Craft Center in the EMU and make a craft for FREE! Options include block printing, jewelry, fused glass work, tie-die, paracord survival bracelets, mugs, and bowls. Crafting available 10:00 a.m. until around 3:00 p.m. Please use the southeast entrance to the EMU (the entrance near Straub Hall), and follow the signs.
Following the football game, approximately 9:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m. at the EMU Amphitheater
Join us for the biggest party of the week when we turn the EMU Amphitheater into a huge dance floor after the football game. Enjoy the party complete with DJs, free pancakes, and a movie.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
3:30 p.m. in Matthew Knight Arena
University Convocation is one of the UO’s proudest traditions and is the culminating event of the Week of Welcome. It serves as the university’s official welcome to new students and faculty and celebrates the atmosphere of academic excellence, innovation, and intellectual curiosity in which our students, faculty, and staff thrive. If graduation concludes of your degree work, Convocation starts it. Come get academically inspired.
Common Reading Author Event
7:30 p.m. in EMU Ballroom
Meet Emily St. John Mandel, author of this year’s Common Reading book selection, Station Eleven. Bring your copy of the book to get it signed by the author. Participate in the conversation on the Common Reading website, and you might win a prize.