Welcome Weekend

Schedule of Events

During Welcome Weekend, we officially welcome new students and their families into the Buena Vista University community and welcome back our returning students. See the full schedule of events!

Students walk across campus

Friday, Aug. 25, 2023

8:30-11:30 a.m.Move-In and BEA-VERifiedForum and Residence Halls
11 a.m.-2 p.m.New Students, Family & Friends PicnicSouth Forum Lawn
2 p.m.Welcome AddressSiebens Fieldhouse
2:20 p.m.New Student Procession & ConvocationFieldhouse to Schaller Memorial Chapel
3 p.m.Class Picture, O-Team Activities, and Group MeetingsForum Lawn
4 p.m.Get settled and Res Hall Mini GamesResidence Halls
7 p.m.DinnerCampus Dining
8 p.m.Break the IceLamberti Recreation Center

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023

8:30 a.m.Breakfast SandwichesPierce/White Lobby
9:15 a.m.Community Engagement 101Schaller Memorial Chapel
10-11:30 a.m.Service ProjectStorm Lake Community
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.Explore Storm LakeDowntown Storm Lake
3 p.m.Beaver OlympicsLamberti Recreation Center
5 p.m.Beaver Pizza PartyCampus Dining
7 p.m.O-Team Group MeetingsResidence Hall Lounges
8 p.m.O-Team Lip Sync BattleAnderson Auditorium
9-11 p.m.Dive-In Movie and SwimmingKing's Pointe Waterpark

Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.BrunchCampus Dining
1 p.m.Closing CeremonyAnderson Auditorium
1:30 p.m.Introduction to University SeminarUSEM Classrooms
2:30 p.m.Success ToolsUSEM Classrooms
3:30 p.m.Classroom ToursAcademic Buildings
5-7 p.m.All Student PicnicSouth Forum Lawn
8-10 p.m.Welcome Back ConcertCentral Campus

Resources for parents and others

Family Association

BVU recognizes that this is significant step for you and your family, and we are dedicated to making this a successful transition. Learn more on the BVU Family Association website.

Students pose for a photo in the Siebens Forum

Meet the Orientation Team

The Orientation Team is a group of students who are excited to help you make the transition to Buena Vista University! Get to know them all!

Students take selfie by the lake