Calling all Captains!!!

Welcome Week is part 2 of your Orientation experience at CNU. This week long program provides you with educational and social opportunities. We want you to be successful and will show you the resources we have to do just that! All first-year students are REQUIRED and EXPECTED to attend all Welcome Week activities. 

Welcome Week is for students only. There are no parent programs during this time.

Any student that is transferring to CNU will participate in Changing Tides, our Transfer Orientation Program.




Welcome Week activities and programs are designed to help you transition to academic life and life on campus.  Students are required to attend events in order to help ensure a successful start to their academic career. Attendance will be taken at random so it is important to carry your student ID with you at all times.

Fall NCAA athletes should work with their coaches on what will be expected of them during the week. Marching Band members should work with their band director on what will be expected of them during the week.

Here are some highlights of things you can expect at Welcome Week:

First, check out our Session Overview!

Hall Brawl-work together with your residence hall and learning community to complete challenges across campus while familiarizing yourself with campus and campus resources!  Which hall will be crowned Hall Brawl champ and have bragging rights as the year begins??

Core Advisor Meetings-all students will meet with their core advisor twice during Welcome Week. Once will be in a small group setting with other advisees and then a one- on- one meeting that allows you more personal time to spend planning your semester.

Academic Meeting and Open Houses-all students will meet the Dean of their college in a large group meeting followed with open houses by some departments. This is great chance to meet faculty!

Workshops- study skills, how to plan for your major, what to expect this first year, developing your own emergency plan, what is there to do in Newport News, how to get involved. All of these topics, plus more, will be addressed through interactive workshops. It is important you feel prepared to begin your year and these workshops will help you do just that!

Community of Scholars Convocation-this annual tradition serves as your official welcome from the University Community into our Academic Community of Honor. Professional dress required for this important ceremony!

Club Fair-check-out over 200 clubs and student organizations CNU has to offer. (just don't sign up for all 200!) Giveaways galore!

Evening Events-what would life at college be like without fun things to do?  Join us for some fun evening programs:

  • Shop til you Drop-spend time decorating your new "pad" with your new roommate and suite mates at Target and Bed Bath and Beyond.  Buses will be available for transportation
  • CNU's Got Talent-our own panel of judges will be voting on our new talent champ!  Bring your most creative talents to audition for a chance to perform in front of the entire class of 2018! 
  • Open Rec Night, Drive-In Movie, Game night and much more...

What can I expect at Welcome Week (WW)?

WW is designed as a "part 2" of your transition to CNU. Programs, speakers, and workshops have been designed that help you become better prepared for classes and life on campus!  In addition there are several fun events that are designed to help build community and allow you to get to know your fellow classmates. 

What do I have to attend during welcome week?

All sessions are required unless otherwise noted. The WW schedule has been designed with you in mind. We want to make sure you are prepared and successful, therefore it is required that you attend.  Evening events are optional but you are encouraged to attend so you can meet more of your classmates and have some fun!

What if I am playing a fall NCAA sport or part of marching band?

You will need to work with your coach and/or program director to see what WW events you will attend and what practice times you will attend. Coaches and directors are aware of the WW schedule so will work with you to best meet your needs and their requirements.

What do commuter students need to attend?

Students that are commuting to campus should plan to attend the commuter meeting. You will receive a full WW schedule, your student ID card, and a meal card to be utilized during WW.  Commuter students are also required to attend all WW programs.

Is there anything specific I will need for welcome week?

All events are casual attire with the exception of Community of Scholars Honors Convocation. This is a formal ceremony that requires business attire. Males a suit or dress shirt and tie is appropriate.  Females may wear a suit, modest dress, skirt, or pants. 

Is there any free time during welcome week to meet up with my parents or friends off campus?

We have many required events that are important for you to attend. There is free time/down time built into the schedule and we encourage you to use the weekend to explore the area.  There are no programs for parents during welcome week.

How do meals work?

Students that have signed up for a meal plan will begin that meal plan for lunch on the day you move in.  Commuter students will receive meal cards at the commuter meeting. This meal card will be good during welcome week only.