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Welcome to Bear Country!

Bear Welcome 2019 will be Thursday, August 22 - Friday, August 30

*Some events and details below may change. New events may be added. Check back often for updates on the schedule.*

Any person requesting disability accommodations for these events please contact 970-351-2289 at least 3 business days in advance.

  • Pre-Welcome Events

    Tuesday, August 20

    5:00-7:00 p.m.
    Dinner at Holmes Dining Room

    Wednesday, August 21

    6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
    Open Campus Rec. Center
    Over 7,000 sq. feet of fitness equipment available, 3 gyms (6 basketball courts or 9 volleyball courts), 2 racquetball courts, bouldering routes at the indoor climbing wall, equipment rentals at the front desk, and friendly staff to answer any questions you may have!

    7:00-9:30 a.m.
    Breakfast in Holmes Dining Room.

    11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    Lunch in Holmes Dining Room.

    5:00-7:00 p.m.
    Dinner at Holmes Dining Room

    7:30-10:30 p.m.
    Movie Screening: “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”
    UC Ballrooms
    Presented by New Student Orientation (NSO) and the University Program Council (UPC)

    Guest hosing will be available in Decker Hall, Central Campus.

  • Thursday, August 22

    7:00-9:30 a.m.
    Breakfast in Holmes Dining Room

    8:00 a.m.
    Residence Hall Move-In Begins

    10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Classroom Tours with Office of Student Life
    Would you like an individualized tour to find your classrooms? If yes, join us at the University Center Front Desk and we will give you an individualized tour. Please remember to bring your classroom schedule.

    11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    Lunch in Holmes Dining Room

    5:00-7:00 p.m.
    Dinner at Holmes and Tobey-Kendel
    See your resident assistant for floor dinner time if you live on West Campus.

    6:00 p.m.
    Asian/Pacific American Student Services (A/PASS) Bowling & Laser Tag Social
    Chippers Lanes, Greeley
    30 spots available for 2 hours of unlimited bowling and 1 round of laser tag - FREE. Others may join, but will need to pay their way in. To sign up, email: PeterRay.Concepcion@unco.edu.

    8:00-10:00 p.m.
    UPC Presents: Comedian, Jon Fisher
    University Center Ballrooms

  • Friday, August 23

    11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
    First day of Bike rentals
    Outdoor Pursuits Gear Shop, Harrison Hall west entrance
    First come, first served

    4:30 p.m.
    Presidents' Welcome
    Michener Library North Lawn

    5:00-7:00 p.m.
    Taste of UNC & Bear Fest
    Turner Lawn

    7:00 p.m.
    Rec Fest
    Campus Rec Center
    The Campus Recreation Center will be full of excitement , with plans to have a variety of activities going through the night including; multiple drop-in sports, a game room, club and organization table, as well as an entertainment stage and food provided by Domino’s Pizza, Wing Shack and Jimmy Johns. There will also be lots of giveaways and prizes!

  • Saturday, August 24

    10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Bears Bash
    Nottingham Field

    11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    Student Involvement Fair
    Candelaria Lawn
    Registration now open

    5:00 p.m.
    Northern at Night
    Garden Theater, Central Campus
    Join the Residence Hall Association for food, drinks, games, inflatables, and live music.

  • Sunday, August 25

    11:00 a.m.
    Class of 2023 Class Photo
    North Hall Lawn between Lawrenson and North
    Join us on the North Pole green for a fun and interactive photo of you and your classmates forming a group photo of the UNC letters. Postcards of the class picture will printed and made available for pick up in the Student Life Office several days after the photo.

    3:00-5:30 p.m.
    Game Night at Michener
    Michener Library, 1st Floor
    Pizza, prizes, crafts, games!

    4:30-6:30 p.m.
    Native American Student Services (NASS) Welcome Reception
    Kohl House 924 20th Street

  • Monday, August 26


    Open Swim starts, Campus Rec Center Pool

    Free Group Fit begins, ends September 1st

    8:30-10:00 a.m.
    1st Day of Class Pictures
    Northern Vision Statue

    11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    UNC Local Business Fair
    McKee Breezeway

    7:00 p.m.
    RHA & NRHH Meet n’ Greet
    University Center Council Room

    9:00 p.m.
    UPC Presents Open Mic Monday
    Campus Commons Social Stairs (inside)
    Join UPC to spice up your Monday night with talent, laughter, poetry, rhythm, and song!

  • Tuesday, August 27

    4:00– 6:00 p.m. & 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Chill at the Garvey
    Marcus Garvey Cultural Center
    UNC Bears are invited to join us in conversation, meet new friends, and get comfortable at the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center.

    7:00-9:00 p.m.
    Student Organizations Night, Welcome
    Table in the University Center Fireside Lounge

  • Wednesday, August 28

    3:30-5 p.m.
    A/PASS API Social
    Kohl House 924 20th Street
    Free appetizers, games, music, and social interactions with current students and A/PASS Staff members.

    4:00-6:00 p.m.
    Outdoor Pursuits: Free S’mores
    Campus Rec Center
    Join us for some FREE yummy treats! Bring your appetite and your friends to roast some marshmallows around the fire pit and make some delicious s’mores!

    4:00-7:00 p.m.
    GSRC Welcome Back Field Day
    GSRC House, 2215 10th Ave., Greeley

    4:30 p.m.
    Meet the Greeks
    Turner Green
    Stop by to meet the 26 fraternities & sororities on campus! Chapters from IFC, MGC, NPHC, and Panhellenic will be present. This is a great time to learn more about Fraternity & Sorority Life community at UNC. There will also be games, swag, and food.

    5:30 p.m.
    Student Senate Meeting
    University Center Council Room

  • Thursday, August 29

    5:00-6:30 p.m.
    Marcus Garvey Cultural Center Presents - For the Love of Music
    University Center Columbine B
    Are you musically savvy? Do you know songs from the 90s and 2000s? Come and showcase your musical knowledge!

    7:00-9:30 p.m.
    GSRC Movie Screening: Bohemian Rhapsody
    GSRC House, 2215 10th Ave., Greeley

  • Tuesday, September 3

    3:30-5:30 p.m.
    10th Annual Cultural Services Welcome Extravaganza
    César Chávez Cultural Center, 1410 20 St., Greeley
    Join us for our annual welcome back event! Come learn about UNC’s cultural centers: Asian Pacific American Student Services, César Chávez Cultural Center, Marcus Garvey Cultural Center and Native American Student Services. Meet our staff, enjoy great food, fun activities, and a chance to win prizes!

  • Friday, September 6

    Outdoor Pursuits
    Climbing Gym Shuttle to ‘Ascent Climbing Studio’ in Ft. Collins. Come send it with us at Ascent Climbing Studios! Pre-registration is required, $10, and can be done at the Gear Shop, Harrison Hall west entrance. Entrance fee, shoes, harnesses, and transportation are all included! Departure from Outdoor Pursuits Gear Shop at 5:00pm. More information at Outdoor Pursuits Gear Shop

  • Saturday, September 7

    Outdoor Pursuits
    Rocky Mountain National Park Day Hike
    The wild, scenic Rocky Mountains form the spine of the western United States. Spend the day hiking with Outdoor Pursuits. This is a great opportunity to become immersed in what Colorado offers to those who seek adventure. Beginner and Intermediate Routes. Advance $15 registration required. Sign up at the Gear Shop, Harrison Hall west entrance. More information at Outdoor Pursuits webpage.

    10:00 a.m.-4 p.m.
    NBA 2K20 XBOX One Tournament
    UC Suites
    Join us for a weekend videogame competition to win an XBOX One and a copy of NBA 2K20! Everyone is welcome to join and play. Registration coming soon.

University Libraries

Michener Library (West Campus) and Skinner Music Library (Central Campus)
Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dining Services

Pre-Welcome Specials

Early Arrival Meals will be available starting August 16th-August 22nd. Cash option prices available at the door. To request Early Arrival Meals please contact us at: diningservices@unco.edu, 970-351-2652, or on the Dining Services website.

Thursday, Aug. 22
Dining Dollars will be active first thing in the morning.
Meal plans will be active starting at dinner at Holmes, Tobey-Kendel, and Bears Bistro.

Monday, September 9 at 5:00 p.m.
Deadline for students to change their meal plan.
Visit unco.edu/dining for hours at all dining locations and daily menus in the dining rooms.

Join the Bear Den – Sporting Events

New to Football games this year? FREE admission for UNC students, $5 tickets for their guests, to all UNC Athletic games. Free tailgating to football!

Friday, August 23
Soccer vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville
7pm at Jackson Stadium

Saturday, August 24
Bears Bash
10:30am.-1:30pm at Nottingham Field

UNC Bears Football Scrimmage
TIme TBD, at Nottingham Field

Volleyball Alumni Match
6pm at Bank of Colorado Arena

Friday, August 30
Volleyball vs. Rutgers
7pm at Bank of Colorado Arena
Free food for the first 100 students! Get your official Bear Den t-shirt!

Saturday, August 31
Volleyball vs. New Mexico
12pm (noon) at Bank of Colorado Arena

Volleyball vs. Grand Canyon
7pm at Bank of Colorado Arena

Sunday, September 8
Soccer vs. Austin Peay
12pm (noon) at Jackson Stadium