Ram Welcome provides new CSU students the opportunity to explore academic programs, meet faculty and staff, learn about the many services available to support their college experience, become part of the campus community, connect with new and current students, learn traditions, and discover what it means to be a CSU Ram.
Ram Welcome is a collaboration between the Division of Student Affairs and the Provost’s Office that not only builds upon the initial Ram Orientation experience but also involves faculty and staff all across campus. Orientation and Transition Programs, which is responsible for Ram Orientation, works with the entire campus community to coordinate and organize all the events.
Students are expected to attend all of Ram Welcome. For first-year students, the excitement begins as soon as everyone has moved in on Thursday, Aug. 16. At 4 p.m., students living in residence halls attend their floor meeting while students living off campus attend the Off-Campus Student Welcome. At 4:30 p.m., they meet their Ram Welcome Leader and learn more about the what, when and where of Ram Welcome.
Ram Welcome Leaders are CSU student volunteers who guide newbies through all the week’s activities and events. They help everyone get to the right place at the right time and are happy to answer any questions. Ram Welcome Leaders are easily identified by their gold Ram Welcome T-shirts.
Complete 2018 Ram Welcome schedules are available online for
- First-Year Students
- Transfer Students, Adult Learner and Veteran Students
- International Students
- Parent & Family Members
The “Experience CSU” app can be downloaded for your smartphone for the full Ram Welcome schedule and other information for new students and their families. Find the link to the app on the Ram Welcome website.
Ram Welcome Highlights
Thursday, Aug. 16
Convocation, 5:30 p.m., Moby Arena
New Student and Family Picnic, 6:30 p.m., Intramural Fields
Carnival, 7 p.m., Intramural Fields
Friday, Aug. 17
Ram Welcome Street Fair and Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Monfort Quad/Under Clark Building
Ramapalooza, 7 p.m., Lory Student Center
Saturday, Aug. 18
Rambunctious Pep Rally and We Are CSU Photo, 7:30 p.m., Canvas Stadium
With all this going on, new students will notice it’s not just the Ram Welcome Leaders who are decked out in Ram gear and available to answer questions and give directions. Almost everyone at CSU – faculty and staff alike – participates in Ram Welcome, by volunteering at information tents, working at various events or just taking the time to talk with students and families that they meet walking around campus. It’s part of the friendly atmosphere that students and parents notice on their first campus visit, and makes them want to become part of the Ram Family.