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 Jhené Aiko, 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, associate 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. 12-14. 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.
First 50 Days Signature Events
U-TURN: A one-stop shop for academic support
Thursday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center Grand Ballrooms A & B
CSU recognizes that there are a number of factors that can impact your academic performance. To learn what is impacting yours, we’d like to hear your story. We can refer you to the best possible resources available here on campus. No matter where you’re at in your academic performance, we want to help you arrive at the next point of your journey here at CSU feeling confident, excited, and supported.
Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 17-20
Build upon your Ram Orientation experience and officially become part of the CSU community during Ram Welcome. All new students are expected to attend the Ram Welcome Program.
RamFest featuring Jhené Aiko
Thursday, Aug. 24
5:30 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Held annually during the fall semester, RAMFEST is RamEvents’ largest program throughout the year and typically features nationally recognized musicians.
CSU Volleyball vs. Duke and Rams After Dark
Friday, Aug. 25
Moby Arena and Various Locations
Come watch the Rams’ first home volleyball match of the season. FYI, Colorado State Volleyball has been to the NCAA Tournament 22 straight seasons. Don’t miss your opportunity to see them in action as well as experience what we call “Moby Madness” – the exciting, loud and fun-loving atmosphere inside Moby Arena. This will be the annual WHITE OUT. After the match, come experience a variety of activities on campus for new students.
CSU Football vs. Oregon State
Saturday, Aug. 26
New On-Campus Stadium
Be a part of the first game at the new on-campus stadium. Don’t forget to wear your CSU Green to game. Visit the The Mob on the west side of the Lory Student Center for live music, food, games and more fun.
Grill the Buffs
Wednesday, Aug. 30
Prior to the Rocky Mountain Showdown, students gather on campus for “Grill the Buffs” to celebrate the anticipated rival football game in Denver.
Rocky Mountain Showdown
Colorado State vs. Colorado Football Game
Friday, Sept. 1
Sports Authority Field, Denver
Don’t miss out on the biggest football game of the season as your Rams battle the archrival Colorado Buffaloes at Sports Authority Field (home of the Denver Broncos) in Denver! For ticket information, visit CSURams.com/tickets, call 800-491-RAMS or stop by the CSU Ticket Office at Moby Arena.
Fall Involvement Expo
Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 6-7
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Lory Student Center Plaza
The Fall Involvement Expo is an opportunity for you and your fellow Rams to get involved on campus. By connecting with 300+ student organizations and community agencies, you have the opportunity to become involved and leave your mark at CSU. The Fall Involvement Expo is a great way to think big, get involved and Do Something CSU!
President’s Fall Address & University Picnic
Wednesday, Sept. 20
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The Fall Address has been a campus fixture for decades, giving University presidents the opportunity to welcome students to campus while presenting the state of the university. The picnic was added in 1997 – after a flash flood devastated campus and the surrounding community just a few weeks prior to the start of classes – to celebrate the resiliency of the campus and to look forward to a bright future. Come join the campus community for lunch on the Oval for this annual tradition.
Cans Around the Oval
Cans Around the Oval is a CSU tradition, where students, faculty, and staff partner with the community members, local media, and area businesses to raise awareness about hunger in our community, as well as raise food and monetary donations for the Food Bank of Larimer County. This event is Larimer County’s largest single-day food drive and events will take place on the following dates:
Cans Around the Oval Kickoff: Sept. 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., ASCSU Senate Chambers
CANstruction: Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., LSC Plaza
Cans Around the Oval Collection Day: Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., CSU Oval
New students specifically can get involved by donating any non-perishable food items or volunteer the day of the event.
Homecoming and Family Weekend
Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 12-14
Join the CSU campus community as we celebrate Homecoming & Family Weekend! 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 the University of Nevada.