2022 WOW Schedule

Keep checking back for updates to the schedule!

Friday, August 26

Time Location Event Audience
8:00am-4:00pm Across Campus First Year Students Move In First Year Students
10:00am-3:00pm Fairfield Way Welcome Tents

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

First Year Students
11:30am-2:15pm Union Street Market, Quick Service Restaurants in the Union, Putnam, North, South & Gelfenbien Lunch

Visit the Food Court in the Student Union for lunch or see the dining hall locations that are open

First Year Students
12:00-4:00pm The William Benton Museum of Art front and back patio Museum Open House at The Benton

 

Join The Benton Museum for free Benton T-Shirts and stickers, Art Scavenger Hunts in the galleries and chalk drawing on the patio!

 

Hosted by: The William Benton Museum of Art

First Year Students and All Students
1:00-3:00pm Fairfield Way Pictures with Mascot

Welcome to UConn! What better way to kick off the school year than a picture with Jonathan the Mascot? Grab your phone &head to Fairfield way to meet the mascot! Share your photos #uconn2026!

Hosted by: Spirit, Pride, and Tradition

All Students
1:00pm-6:00pm Cordial Storrs House, 1332 Storrs Road Open House at UConn Recovery Community Center

Meet some of our staff, check out the house we have on campus for students in or seeking recovery, and learn more about the social events and services we have planned for fall. New this year is a Meditation Room and an Art/Gaming Room.

Hosted by: Student Health and Wellness

Students in recovery from substance use disorders and other mental and behavioral health disorders.
1:30-3:30pm AACC, AsACC, PRLACC, Rainbow Center, Women’s Center and NACP and MECP in the ODI Commons Cultural Centers and Programs Open House

Come discover all the different ways to get involved and find out more about our programs and services.

Campus Community
2:00pm Residence Halls WOW Leaders in Residence Halls

WOW Leaders will be roaming the ResHalls to connect about this weekend!

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

First Year Students
2-4pm 2019 Hillside Road - Center for International Students and Scholars Center for International Students and Scholars (CISS) Open House

Please stop by to meet ISSS and UCAELI staff at their new location at 2019 Hillside Rd. on Friday, August 26, between 2pm and 4pm. This is a great chance to meet and connect with your international student advisor, the SEVIS specialists team, and the programs and events team and other staff and student representatives. We are very excited to share with you what we have planned for the Fall semester. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Hope to see you at the CISS Open House.

 

First Year Students
3:30-5:00pm Student Union Ballroom First Gen Student Welcome Event

 

UConn First Gen welcomes students, their families and supporters to a reception on move in day to celebrate their new beginning at UConn Storrs.
Students will have the opportunity to meet First Gen Faculty, Staff and fellow students and hear about the many opportunities available to First Gen students.
Light refreshments will be served.

 

Hosted by: First Year Programs and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion

First Year Students
4:00pm Across Campus Time to Say Goodbye!

 

WOW program begins for First Year Students

 First Year Students
4:00pm-5:15pm All Dining Locations Dinner in the Dining Halls with WOW Leaders or RAs First Year Students
5:30-6:30pm Residential Halls Residential Life First Community Meetings

Students will meet with their Resident Assistant for the first time.

Hosted by: UConn Res Life

First year Students
6:30-7:30pm Outside Residential Halls First Year Students meet with WOW Leaders

WOW Leaders will meet new students outside of their Residential areas. You will go to SU/Great Lawn together.

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

First Year Students
7:45pm Student Union Mall Torch Lighting Convocation Ceremony

The University traditionally begins the academic year with a gathering called the Torch Lighting Convocation Ceremony. This official welcome event at UConn for first-year students marks the only time that the entire entering undergraduate class gathers as one.

Followed by Ice Cream on the Mall.

 
Immediately following Convocation - 11:30pm Student Union Late Night

Join us in the Student Union for a night full of sweet treats, music, and so much more!

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

First Year Students
8:30-11:30pm The Great Lawn Fire Pits, Glo Swings and More!

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

First Year Students

Saturday, August 27

Time Location Event Audience
9:00am-9:15am Putnam, North, South, & Gelfenbien Breakfast First Year Students
9:00am-3:00pm Returning Student Check In  
9:30am Jorgensen (GROUP A) Hartbeat Ensemble

UConn has joined in collaboration with Hartford's HartBeat Ensemble to gather and present stories about how identities and the concept of belonging relate to your impending undergraduate career.  HartBeat has gathered stories from a diverse group of current and recently graduated UConn students to create truth-telling monologues about life on your campus. Performed by current and recently graduated UConn students, the Identity and Belonging Project invites you to explore how gender, race, class, sexuality, religion and all the intersections in between, affect the way students create their identities and find belonging in campus communities and how they change over time. Reflect and identify with UConn students who have come before you.

First Year Students
9:30am Check with your WOW Leader (GROUP B) Campus Tours

Interested in a guided tour of campus? Curious about where your classes will be this semester? Join your WOW Leader for a guided campus tour! Check with your WOW Leader for your meeting spot.

First Year Students
10:00am-2:00pm Fairfield Way Welcome Tents

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

First Year and Second Year Students
11:00am-4:00pm Cordial Storrs House, 1332 Storrs Road Open House at UConn Recovery Community Center

Meet some of our staff, check out the house we have on campus for students in or seeking recovery, and learn more about the social events and services we have planned for fall. New this year is a Meditation Room and an Art/Gaming Room.

Hosted by: Student Health and Wellness

 

Students in recovery from substance use disorders and other mental and behavioral health disorders.
11:30am-12:30pm All Dining Units except Buckley Lunch (GROUPS A&B) All Students
12:00-4:00pm The William Benton Museum of Art Museum Open House

Join The Benton Museum for free Benton T-Shirts and stickers, Art Scavenger Hunts in the galleries and chalk drawing on the patio!

First Year Students and All Students
12:00-1:30pm Student Union, Room 104 New Commuter Lunch

Join Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services for our New Commuter Lunch! Learn about all of the resources and programs available to commuter and off-campus students.

Hosted by: Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services

First Year Students
12:30pm Jorgensen (GROUP B) Hartbeat Ensemble

UConn has joined in collaboration with Hartford's HartBeat Ensemble to gather and present stories about how identities and the concept of belonging relate to your impending undergraduate career.  HartBeat has gathered stories from a diverse group of current and recently graduated UConn students to create truth-telling monologues about life on your campus. Performed by current and recently graduated UConn students, the Identity and Belonging Project invites you to explore how gender, race, class, sexuality, religion and all the intersections in between, affect the way students create their identities and find belonging in campus communities and how they change over time. Reflect and identify with UConn students who have come before you.

First Year Students
12:30pm Check with your WOW Leader (GROUP A) Campus Tours

Interested in a guided tour of campus? Curious about where your classes will be this semester? Join your WOW Leader for a guided campus tour! Check with your WOW Leader for your meeting spot.

First Year Students
12:30pm-4:00pm Student Union Ballroom METAS Kickoff and PRLACC Mini Involvement Fair

 

Starting off a new school year with your METAS Cohort (mentors & mentees), and checking out student orgs affiliated with PRLACC and other helpful resources (scholarship, study abroad, etc.)

 

Hosted by: The Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center

For any questions please reach out to metas@uconn.edu

Mentors and First Year Students already signed up as Mentees for METAS
1:00-3:00pm McHugh Hall 101 AsACC Open House

The Asian American Cultural Center(AsACC) will be hosting their annual Open House on August 28th to introduce new and interested students to the center and its events. If you would like to hear about our different organizations and learn how you can join, come through! Any questions please reach out to asacc@uconn.edu.

Hosted by: AsACC

1:00-5:00pm North Entrance of Student Recreation Center UConn Rec Kickoff Party

 

Join UConn Rec outside the SRC for games, music, t-shirts, and free swag! Learn about UConn Rec and all of our programs and events. Don’t miss our mobile app and social media contest!

 

Hosted by: UConn Rec

All Students
4:15pm-5:15pm All Dining Units, except Buckley Dinner First Year Students
6:00-7:15pm Sherman Family Sports Complex Playfair for First Year Students

 

With Playfair, seeing is believing! It is totally unlike anything else you have ever experienced. It’s entertainment! It’s fun! It’s the perfect way to make new campus friendships!

 

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

First Year Students
7:30-10:30pm Student Union Late Night

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

All Students
8:00-11:00pm Great Lawn Fire Pits, Glo Swings, and more!

 

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

 

First Year Students
9:00pm Jorgensen Comedy Jam

Join SUBOG for their annual Comedy Jam, featuring a soon-to-be announced nationally-touring comedian!  Doors open at 7pm!

Hosted by: SUBOG

All Students

Sunday, August 28

Time Location Event Audience
7:00am-9:15am Putnam, North, South, & Gelfenbien Breakfast First Year Students, All Learning Community Students
8:00-9:00am Meet inside the SRC in the Husky Suite – Pre-Registration is required! Road Dogs

 

Join UConn Recreation for an introductory 2-mile run around campus. Get the heart pumping, meet new students and learn more about our Road Dogs offerings this year.  Check in at the front steps of the Rec Center.

Pre-register here: https://myrec.uconn.edu/

Hosted by: Rec Services

All Students
9:00am-3:00pm Returning Student Check In  
9:00-11:30am McHugh 101 and 102 Honors Live!

Come learn about the UConn Honors Program from our Honors G­­­­­uide for Peer Success mentors while playing some games!

Hosted by: Honors Program

 
9:00-11:30am Gampel Pavilion 14th Annual Learning Community Kickoff!

Each year, we gather all Learning Community (LC) members, faculty, and staff to celebrate a new year of LCs, one of UConn’s largest programs, with speakers, games, activities, music and fun. Be prepared to start your year with lots of positive energy as we welcome our new members into the family! The West Entry doors to Gampel open at 9:00am, so make sure you arrive early for music and dancing, and wear your Learning Community t-shirt.

https://lc.uconn.edu/lckickoff/

Hosted by: UConn Learning Communities

All Learning Community Members & Student Leaders
10:30am-12:00pm All Dining Units, except Buckley Brunch First Year Students (except for Learning Community Students)
11:00am-4:00pm Cordial Storrs House, 1332 Storrs Road Open House at UConn Recovery Community Center

Meet some of our staff, check out the house we have on campus for students in or seeking recovery, and learn more about the social events and services we have planned for fall. New this year is a Meditation Room and an Art/Gaming Room.

Hosted by: Student Health and Wellness

 

Students in recovery from substance use disorders and other mental and behavioral health disorders.
12pm-2pm Student Union TBA Let’s Talk

The Let's Talk program provides informal, confidential consultation with therapists from SHaW. The service is free of charge and offered on a first come, first served basis. Clinicians provide support, coaching, and connect students to other campus resources as needed. Although therapists provide this service, it is not a substitute for formal counseling.

Who is it for?

Students who may benefit from attending a Let's Talk session include:

  • Students who want help connecting to resources but are unsure where to begin
  • Students who are looking for advice on a non-clinical issue
  • Students who are unsure about therapy and are curious about what it is like to talk to a therapist
  • Students who may have concerns about the mental health of a friend and seek advice on how to support their friend

 

All Students
12:00-4:00pm The William Benton Museum of Art Front Patio, Museum, and Back Patio Museum Open House at The Benton!

 

Join The Benton Museum for free Benton T-Shirts and stickers, Art Scavenger Hunts in the galleries and chalk drawing on the patio!.

 

Hosted by: The William Benton Museum of Art

All Students
12:30pm Gampel Pavilion Welcome Speaker

Join members of the UConn community as this year’s speaker will welcome our new students and set the tone to excel academically and encourage each student to embrace all the opportunities ahead in your time here at UConn.

First Year and Second Year Students
1:00-5:00pm  Fairfield Way HuskyTHON Kickoff Event

Join HuskyTHON and USG for our partnered Camp Kickoff event on Sunday, August 28th from 1pm-5pm on Fairfield Way! We will have inflatables, yard games, dunk tanks, fries from Fryborg, snow cones, T-shirts and tie-dying, live music by Wavy McGrady, and MORE -- free for all to enjoy! We are SO excited to see you there!

Hosted by: HuskyTHON/Undergraduate Student Government

 
2:30pm Various Locations Deans' Meetings

Academic Center for Exploratory Students (Aces)- Student Union Theatre

 

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources & The Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture- Schenker 151

 

School of Business- MCHU102

 

School of Engineering- Austin 108

 

College of Liberal Arts and Science- The Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts

 

School of Fine Arts- von der Mehden

 

School of Nursing- Storrs Hall WW16- Sczesny Auditorium

First Year Students
3:30pm Information Technology Engineering (ITE) C80 & Student Union Terrace Welcome to Honors Reception!

Meet new incoming Honors students, leaders of Honors student organizations, and Honors staff in a casual atmosphere with snacks. This event will begin in Information Technology Engineering (ITE) C80 from 3:30-4:00pm with a short introduction from Honors staff and Honors student organization leaders, and will transition to the Student Union Terrace from 4-5pm for an involvement-fair style event with food where students can mix and mingle.

Hosted by: Honors

First Year Honors Students
4:00pm-7:00pm African American Cultural Center, Student Union Room 407 AACC Welcome Back Pizza and Game Night

We will be welcoming students back at the AACC with a pizza party and game night.

All Students
4:15-7:00pm Student Union Ballroom and 304ABC Asiantation Kickoff Mentors/Mentees

 

This gathering is for new students who have been accepted into the Asian/Asian American Mentoring Program and their UConn Mentors.  Check-in starts at 4pm.

 

Hosted by: Asian American Cultural Center and for any questions please reach out to uconnamp@gmail.com.

First Year Students already signed up for AMP
4:15pm-7:45pm All Dining Units, except Buckley Dinner All Students
6:00pm Mirror Lake Peer Allies Through Honors (PATH) Reception

Come meet the PATH mentors/mentees while playing games and enjoying light refreshments!

Hosted by: Honors Program

PATH Mentors & Mentees
7:00pm Morrone Stadium UConn Men's Soccer vs. Holy Cross
Join us at the UConn Men’s Soccer game vs. Holy Cross for the UConn Traditions event! Fans can kick-off the 2022-23 season by meeting members of UConn Athletics teams, hanging out with Jonathan the Husky, and learning UConn’s gameday cheers and traditions at halftime!
All Students
9:00pm Student Union Mall Movie Night

Join SUBOG out on the mall for an evening movie before classes start on Monday.

Hosted by: UConn SUBOG

First Year and Second Year Students

 

The Next Few Weeks

Date Time Location Event Audience
Monday, August 29th Across Campus First Day of Classes All Students
Monday, August 29th TBA TBA Community Meetings

Contact your RA for details on time and location

All Students
Tuesday, August 30th 11:00am-1:00pm Student Union Terrace Grab and Go

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

All Students
Thursday, September 1st Student Union Room 310 Coloring

Hosted by Major Events and Programs

All Students
Friday, September 2nd 3:30pm-5:30pm Outside the UConn Bookstore Scavenger Hunt for First Year Students

Get acclimated to the campus and enjoy free food!

Hosted by: Student Alumni Association

First Year Students
Friday, September 2nd 6:30pm Horsebarn Hill Sunset Yoga

We celebrate the start of another school year with this annual UConn Bucket List event: Horsebarn Hill Sunset Yoga.  We hope you enjoy this scenic and relaxing way to finish the first week of classes. Namaste.

Hosted by: UConn Rec

All Students
Wednesday, September 7th 2pm-7pm Fairfield Way Involvement Fair

Can't wait for the Involvement Fair? Check out student organizations everyday on
UConntact! uconntact.uconn.edu

All Students