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August 21 - 25

As students arrive for the start of the 2019-20 academic year at the University of Bridgeport, offices across campus are prepared to assist first-year students transition into college life.

A week packed full of fun activities await first-year students, beginning on move-in day Wednesday, Aug. 21. Among the events are an ice cream social with live music, mini-golf that brings the Bridgeport Plan to life, a Welcome Week dance party, yoga in the park, a shopping trip, a block party, and much, much more. Join in and meet new friends that will last a lifetime.

Take the First-Year Plunge into Long Island Sound—a tradition that makes waves! All members of the UB community are encouraged to dive in.

Congratulations to the Class of 2023 as you begin your exciting UB journey!

First-Year Student Schedule


Welcome Day

Move-In

Check in to your Residence Hall and check out what’s in store for the next few days!

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Resource Fair

Meet with representatives from local banks, phone companies, and other businesses.

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Hub at Marina Dining Hall

Student Lunch

Have your first lunch as a Purple Knight!

11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Marina Dining Hall

Family Lunch

Families are invited to have lunch and hear from the President of the University about the exciting year ahead! Your family will receive an email invitation.

11:00 am
John J. Cox Student Center, Social Room

Family Lunch

Families are invited to have lunch and hear from the President of the University about the exciting year ahead! Your family will receive an email invitation.

1:00 pm
John J. Cox Student Center, Social Room

Family Gathering

We ask that all family members join us for a special welcome for the Class of 2023.

3:30 pm
Marina Arch

New Student Convocation

Faculty, staff, students, and families come together to officially begin the school year.

4:00 pm
Arnold Bernhard Center, Mertens Theater

Welcome BBQ for New Students and Families

Enjoy a free meal with new students, staff, and faculty.

5:00 pm
President’s Lawn
Rain Location: Marina Dining Hall

Farewell to Families

Join us for our official family send-off.

6:30 pm
President’s Lawn
Rain Location: Marina Dining Hall

Floor Meetings

Time to meet your Resident Assistant and floormates for the year!

7:00 pm

Commuter Student Meeting

Commuter students will meet their Commuter Assistant and get to know one another.

7:00 pm
Arnold Bernhard Center, Schelfhaudt Gallery

Drive-In Movie

Come enjoy a live outdoor screening of Disney’s Aladdin. Hosted by the Student Programming Board and the Center for Student Involvement. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.

8:00 pm
President’s Lawn
Rain Location: Wheeler Recreation Center

Seeley Hall Activities

Join the Resident Assistants of Seeley Hall for games, crafts and more!

10:00 pm
Seeley Hall

UB in the Community Day

Donuts with the Dean

Meet the Dean of Students, Craig Lennon, as you prepare for the day ahead.

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Marina Dining Hall

Security and Title IX

Learn more about security on campus and how we can create a community that is safe for everyone.

10:00 am
Various Locations - See your Group Leader

Lunch

12:00 pm
Marina Dining Hall

UB in the Community Day

Participate in our first community wide service project of the year.

12:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Meet in Marina Dining Hall

English Placement Tests

Students placed in English 100 who wish to be considered for English 101 are invited to take a writing prompt placement test.

3:00 pm
Carlson Hall, Room 153

Community Resource Fair

Meet local non profit organizations that are looking for volunteers on a one time and on going basis.

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
The Hub at Marina Dining Hall

Playfair

PLAYFAIR is more than just an entertainment event – it is a team-building experience! Come and take part in these energizing games and activities!

7:00 pm
Knights' Field
Rain Location: John J. Cox Student Center, Social Room

Ice Cream Social with Live Music

Cool off and chill out!

9:00 pm
Chaffee Circle
Rain Location: The Hub at Marina Dining Hall

College Day

Pancakes with Professors and Passport College Fair

Meet the faculty members from various academic programs around campus.

8:30 am - 11:00 am
Marina Dining Hall

Mini Golf with the Bridgeport Plan

Play nine holes of mini golf and learn about the various resources available in the Bridgeport Plan.

10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Carlson Plaza

Walk Your Schedule

Meet up with your Group Leader to find your classes for the semester.

10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Pedestrian Mall

Lunch

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Marina Dining Hall

BINGO & Dinner with FYS Teams

Have dinner and play for a chance to win great prizes with your First-Year Seminar team.

5:00 pm
Marina Dining Hall

Sing the Alma Mater

Join the tradition! Sing the Alma Mater with the University President, Dr. Laura Skandera Trombley

8:00 pm
President's Lawn

Welcome Week Dance Party

Celebrate your first Friday night at UB and dance the night away.

10:00 pm
John J. Cox Student Center, Social Room

Fun/Trip Day

Lighthouse Walk

Walk the length of Seaside Park and see what Bridgeport Beaches have to offer. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

9:00 am
Leave from Student Center Steps

Brunch and Purple Knight Games Kickoff

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Marina Dining Hall

Purple Knight Games

Compete with your team to bring home the Purple Knight Games Championship.

1:00 pm
Meet in Marina Dining Hall

Dinner

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Marina Dining Hall

UB Pride Day

Yoga in the Park

Morning Yoga in the People’s Park

9:00 am
People’s Park Student Center

Brunch

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Marina Dining Hall

Shopping Trip to IKEA

Come take a university sponsored bus trip to the IKEA store in New Haven, CT.

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Meet at the UB Clock Tower

First-Year Plunge

Meet on the President’s Lawn dressed to dip in Long Island Sound. We will walk to the beach at Seaside Park (a ten-minute walk). Join this first-year tradition as a beginning to your time at the University of Bridgeport.

3:00 pm
President's Lawn

Block Party

Enjoy free activities, giveaways & more!

4:00 pm
Pedestrian Mall

Intramurals Open House

7:00 pm
Wheeler Recreation Center

Contact


Kelli Meyer
Director, Center for Student Involvement
kmeyer@bridgeport.edu
203-576-4487

Craig Lennon
Dean of Students
deanofstudents@bridgeport.edu
203-576-4392


Orientation Leaders (OL) and Resident Assistants (RAs) will be available throughout the program including meals. This is an excellent time to speak with an experienced Student Leader and get answers to your questions.

Download First-Year Student Schedule (PDF)

International Student Schedule


Welcome Day

Welcome Reception

Check in to International Orientation, enjoy continental breakfast and meet your small group.

8:30 am - 9:00 am
Mandeville Hall, Lobby

Official Welcome and Roll Call of Nations

9:00 am
Mandeville Hall, Room 104

Life in the U.S.: Adventures and Challenges

Adapting to life in a new country can be both exciting and challenging. This interactive discussion will help you understand how to cope with adapting to life in the U.S.

9:30 am
Mandeville Hall, Room 104

Resource Fair

Meet with representatives from local banks, phone companies and other businesses.

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Hub at Marina Dining Hall

Safety and Security Briefing

Learn how to keep yourself safe while at the University of Bridgeport - Mandatory for new students.

10:15 am
Mandevillle Hall, Room 104

Immigration

Yumin Wang, Director of the International Center for Students and Scholars, will review critical immigration requirements pertaining to international students.

11:30 am
Mandevillle Hall, Room 104

Lunch

12:00 pm
Marina Dining Hall

(Optional) Campus Tour and Small Group Meeting

Learn about the campus and get to know fellow students.

1:00 pm

Family Gathering

We ask that all family members join us for a special welcome for the Class of 2023.

3:30 pm
Marina Arch

New Student Convocation

Faculty, staff, students and families come together to officially begin the school year.

4:00 pm
Arnold Bernhard Center, Mertens Theater

Welcome BBQ for New Students and Families

Enjoy a free meal with new students, staff and faculty.

5:00 pm
President’s Lawn
Rain Location: Marina Dining Hall

Farewell to Families

Join us for our official family send off.

6:30 pm
President’s Lawn
Rain Location: Marina Dining Hall

Floor Meetings

Time to meet your Resident Assisant and floormates for the year!

7:00 pm

Commuter Student Meeting

Commuter students will meet their Commuter Assistant and get to know one another.

7:00 pm
Arnold Bernhard Center, Schelfhaudt Gallery

Drive In Movie

Come enjoy a live outdoor screening of Disney’s Aladdin. Hosted by the Student Programming Board and the Center for Student Involvement. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.

8:00 pm
President’s Lawn
Rain Location: Wheeler Recreation Center

Seeley Hall Activities

Join the Resident Assistants of Seeley Hall for games, crafts and more!

10:00 pm
Seeley Hall

UB in the Community Day

Donuts with the Dean

Meet the Dean of Students, Craig Lennon, as you prepare for the day ahead.

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Marina Dining Hall

Lunch

12:00 pm
Marina Dining Hall

UB in the Community Day

Participate in our first community wide service project of the year.

12:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Meet in Marina Dining Hall

English Placement Tests

Students placed in English 100 who wish to be considered for English 101 are invited to take a writing prompt placement test.

3:00 pm
Carlson Hall, Room 153

Community Resource Fair

Meet local non profit organizations that are looking for volunteers on a one time and on going basis.

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
The Hub at Marina Dining Hall

Playfair

PLAYFAIR is more than just an entertainment event – it is a team-building experience! Come and take part in these energizing games and activities!

7:00 pm
Knights' Field
Rain Location: John J. Cox Student Center, Social Room

Ice Cream Social with Live Music

Cool off and chill out!

9:00 pm
Chaffee Circle
Rain Location: The Hub at Marina Dining Hall

College Day

Pancakes with Professors and Passport College Fair

Meet the faculty members from various academic programs around campus.

8:30 am - 11:00 am
Marina Dining Hall

Mini Golf with the Bridgeport Plan

Play nine holes of mini golf and learn about the various resources available in the Bridgeport Plan.

10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Carlson Plaza

Walk Your Schedule

Meet up with your Group Leader to find your classes for the semester.

10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Pedestrian Mall

Lunch

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Marina Dining Hall

BINGO & Dinner with FYS Teams

Have dinner and play for a chance to win great prizes with your First-Year Seminar team.

5:00 pm
Marina Dining Hall

Sing the Alma Mater

Join the tradition! Sing the Alma Mater with the University President, Dr. Laura Skandera Trombley

8:00 pm
President's Lawn

Welcome Week Dance Party

Celebrate your first Friday night at UB and dance the night away.

10:00 pm
John J. Cox Student Center, Social Room

Fun/Trip Day

Lighthouse Walk

Walk the length of Seaside Park and see what Bridgeport Beaches have to offer. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

9:00 am
Leave from Student Center Steps

Brunch and Purple Knight Games Kickoff

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Marina Dining Hall

Purple Knight Games

Compete with your team to bring home the Purple Knight Games Championship.

1:00 pm
Meet in Marina Dining Hall

Off-Campus Trips

Sign up for your trip of choice on Bridgeport Tickets

Various Times
Various Locations

Dinner

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Marina Dining Hall

UB Pride Day

Yoga in the Park

Morning Yoga in the People’s Park

9:00 am
People’s Park Student Center

Brunch

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Marina Dining Hall

Shopping Trip to IKEA

Come take a university sponsored bus trip to the IKEA store in New Haven, CT.

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Meet at the UB Clock Tower

First-Year Plunge

Meet on the President’s Lawn dressed to dip in Long Island Sound. We will walk to the beach at Seaside Park (a ten-minute walk). Join this first-year tradition as a beginning to your time at the University of Bridgeport.

3:00 pm
President's Lawn

Block Party

Enjoy free activities, giveaways & more!

4:00 pm
Pedestrian Mall

Intramurals Open House

7:00 pm
Wheeler Recreation Center

Contact


Kelli Meyer
Director, Center for Student Involvement
kmeyer@bridgeport.edu
203-576-4487

Craig Lennon
Dean of Students
deanofstudents@bridgeport.edu
203-576-4392

International Center for Students and Scholars
internationaloffice@bridgeport.edu
203-576-4395


Orientation Leaders (OL) will be available throughout the program including meals. This is an excellent time to speak with an experienced Student Leader and get answers to your questions.

Download International Student Schedule (PDF)

View a collection of photos from Welcome Week events on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Click an image to expand the view.