Move-In: The First 50 Days

Freshmen make their way to the Opening Convocation during Ram Welcome 2015.

New students have plenty of opportunities to become an enthusiastic member of the Ram Family.

During the first eight weeks of the first semester – the First 50 Days of a student’s college career – activities on campus range from RamFest, featuring the fall concert by The Head and The Heart, to volleyball and football games, the Cans Around the Oval food drive that provides major donations to the Food Bank for Larimer County to the Education Abroad Fair to help students explore options for studying in other countries.

“First 50 Days is a collaborative effort amongst various offices on campus including Orientation and Transition Programs, Residence Life, Off-Campus Life, SLiCE, Campus Activities, CSU Athletics, the CSU Health Network, and the Office of International Programs,” explained Keith Lopez, assistant director of Orientation and Transition Programs. “The goal of First 50 Days is to promote a variety of large-scale, signature events and programs that are available to all new students to help foster a continued connection to CSU as an institution.”

The First 50 Days wraps up with Homecoming and Family Weekend, Oct. 6-8. A parade, concerts and performances, and a whole range of activities are planned campus-wide and within individual colleges.

“We want all new students to have the opportunity to learn about how to become part of the CSU campus, engage in community-wide events, and enhance their connection to CSU and understand that attending these events is part of what it means to be a CSU Ram,” Lopez added.

New students should plan on participating in these events:

Ram Welcome
Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 18-21

Build on your Ram Orientation Experience.

CAM-Unity Block Party
Monday, Aug. 22, 3-5 p.m.
CSU Lagoon – corner of Plum & Meridian

Network and learn about resources available to creating safe and welcoming communities across campus and in our residence halls. Enjoy music, fun and community.

Fraternity and Sorority Welcome Back Block Party
Thursday, Aug. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Lory Student Center West Lawn

Food will be provided and there will be music and an opportunity to learn about the organizations on our campus.

Women’s Soccer vs. University of Northern Colorado
Friday, Aug. 26, 4 p.m.
Lagoon Field (between the Lory Student Center and Student Recreation Center)

The first 500 students to the match will receive FREE pizza slices.

Women’s Volleyball vs. North Dakota State 
Friday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m.
Moby Arena 

Colorado State Volleyball is the seven-time defending Mountain West conference champion and a nationally recognized program.

RamFest 2016 featuring The Head and the Heart
Friday, Aug. 26, gates open at 5 p.m.
CSU Intramural Fields 

Kick off your school year with an awesome concert, new friends, and food at CSU’s annual fall show. Go to to purchase tickets; $10 CSU students. RamFest is put on by RamEvents, the student programming board on campus.

President’s Fall Address and University Picnic
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
CSU Oval

The Fall Address has been an annual event for decades, giving University presidents the opportunity to welcome students to campus while presenting the State of the University. Come join the campus community for lunch on the Oval for this tradition.

Grill the Buffs
Thursday, Sept. 1, 11:40 a.m.-2 p.m.
Lory Student Center Sutherland Garden

Join the CSU football team for free burgers, refreshments, and entertainment before we face off against the CU Buffaloes at the Rocky Mountain Showdown.

Rocky Mountain Showdown
Colorado State vs. University of Colorado 
Friday, Sept. 2, 6 p.m.
Sports Authority Field, Denver

Don’t miss out on the biggest football game of the season as your Rams battle the arch-rival Colorado Buffaloes at Sports Authority Field (home of the Denver Broncos) in Denver. For ticket information, visit, call 800-491-RAMS or stop by the CSU Ticket Office at Moby Arena.

Involvement Expo
Sept. 7- 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Lory Student Center Plaza

An excellent opportunity for you and your fellow Rams to get involved on campus by connecting with 300+ student organizations and community agencies. Visit to sign up for a personal involvement advising session.

CSU Meet and Greet (for students living in residence halls)
For more information, talk to your Resident Assistant.

Rams Game Day Experience
Saturday, Sept. 10

Colorado State Athletics invites you to this free, once-in-a-lifetime college football experience. The Rams Game Day Experience includes a commemorative t-shirt, transportation to and from Hughes Stadium, a tailgate party with music and food, an opportunity to form the pregame team tunnel on the field, and your own seating section to cheer the Rams to victory over UT San Antonio! Space is limited. Visit for more information.

Taking Stock
After the third week of the semester, you will be invited to participate in the Taking Stock assessment to learn more about yourself, the people you have met, and ways to get better connected to the resources at CSU.

Education Abroad Fair
Thursday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Lory Student Grand Ballroom

Learn about opportunities to study, intern, volunteer, or participate in a service learning project abroad to become a citizen of the world.

Cans Around The Oval
This event is Larimer County’s largest single-day food drive and events will take place on the following dates:
Kickoff: September 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., ASCSU Senate Chambers
CANstruction: October 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., LSC Plaza
Cans Around the Oval: October 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., CSU Oval

New students specifically can get involved by donation any non-perishable food items or volunteer the day of the event.

Homecoming and Family Weekend
Oct. 6-8

Activities include the Festival on the Oval, Friday Night Lights (pep rally, bonfire, fireworks, and lighting of the “A”), Homecoming parade, and of course, the Homecoming football game against Utah State.

If you have questions or for more information, contact Orientation and Transition Programs at (970) 491-6011 or