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Welcome Weekend

Information about the Fall 2023 Welcome Weekend will be available closer to August. Until then, information from 2022 remains available below as a reference.

Fall 2022

Asbury University’s Welcome Weekend gives new students a supportive, encouraging, and informative transition to their Asbury experience. Each day is crafted intentionally with programs that empower students to take their first steps into the social, spiritual, and intellectual community here. Asbury’s fall Welcome Weekend is scheduled for Thursday, August 18 through Sunday, August 21. We are excited to welcome you to campus!

Watch the President’s Welcome livestream at on Thursday, August 18 at 4 p.m.

Student Schedule

Thursday, August 18

8 a.m. – Noon Residential Student Check-In and Move-In — Residence Halls
Come to the welcome tent outside your residence hall to check in and receive your Welcome Weekend materials and room key.  Student leaders and campus community will assist with move-in.
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eagle Outlet & Campus Post Office Open — Hamann-Ray Building
Stop by the Eagle Outlet Student Store and Campus Post Office (CPO) at your convenience to get your CPO Box assignment and purchase some Asbury swag!
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. HICCUP and HICCUP Too Open —Kinlaw Library
Complimentary coffee is available at the HICCUP Too kiosk on the main floor, and specialty coffee, shakes, and smoothies are available for purchase at the HICCUP Cafe on the upper level.
9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Semester Check-in: Student ID, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Health Services — Kinlaw Library, Lower Level
Take a break sometime during the day to complete this process.  REQUIRED for all students who did not attend an in-person Eagle Day. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend. Students, bring a government-issued photo ID.
9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Parking Stickers, Campus Employment, E-Campus Books — Kinlaw Library Board Room, Upper Level
Pick up your parking sticker, sign up to receive student employment paperwork and get information about ordering textbooks through E-Campus.
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Complimentary Lunch — Johnson Dining Hall
New students and their families are invited to lunch as guests of the University. Families are encouraged to stagger their arrival times.
1 – 2:15 p.m. Commuter Student Check-in — Kinlaw Library Lobby
Come to the designated check-in area and pick up your Welcome Weekend materials, then proceed to the Semester Check-in on the lower level (see above) 
2:30 – 3:45 p.m. President & Faculty Meet & Greet — Kinlaw Library, Main & Upper Levels
Students and their guests are invited to meet the President, University Pastor, and faculty members from each academic department while enjoying refreshments
4 – 5:15 p.m. President’s Welcome (Livestream) — Hughes Auditorium
Students and their guests are invited to this welcome service with a keynote address by President Kevin J. Brown, followed by a time of prayer dedication
5:15 p.m. Transfer Student-Parent Farewell & TAG Group Connection — Reasoner Green
Sophomore & Junior Transfer Students (TAG Groups 21-22) and their families are dismissed to Reasoner Green to say farewell,  then students connect with their TAG leaders for dinner
5:15 p.m. Restored Class Photo & Freshman Student-Parent Farewell — Hughes Auditorium Steps & Semi-Circle Green
Freshmen and Freshman Transfer Students (TAG Groups 1-20) will line up on the steps of Hughes for their class photo. (Please wear your Restored Class t-shirt!) Following the photo, students will say farewell to their families then connect with their TAG leaders for dinner and an activity.
5:45 – 8:30 p.m. Dinner with TAG Group & TAG Group Activity — Johnson Dining Hall
Following dinner with their TAG group, students will participate in a fun activity
8:45 p.m. Residence Hall Meeting — Residence Halls
Mandatory meeting for students living in the residence halls

Friday, August 19

8 – 9 a.m. Breakfast — Johnson Dining Hall
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eagle Outlet & Campus Post Office Open — Hamann-Ray Building
Stop by the Eagle Outlet Student Store and Campus Post Office (CPO) at your convenience to get your CPO Box assignment and purchase some Asbury swag!
9 – 10:30 a.m. Language Placement Exam — Morrison & Hughes Classrooms
Taking a Language Placement Exam can be beneficial in advancing your academic progress in the Foundations requirements or majoring/minoring in a language, as well as saving you some tuition dollars. If you have previously studied one of the languages below,  you should take the exam if you haven’t already.
• Spanish — Reasoner 214 (overflow in Reasoner 319 & 321)
• French — Hughes 141 (overflow in Hughes 135)
• Latin — Hughes 120 (overflow in Hughes 132)
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Liberal Arts Session with Faculty (Freshmen & Freshman Transfers) — Hughes Auditorium
Freshmen and Freshman Transfer students (TAG Groups 1-20) meet in Hughes Auditorium then go to their Liberal Arts Seminar (LA 100) classroom to hear from faculty about liberal arts learning at Asbury and the LA 100 course

Sophomore & Junior Transfer Student Class Advisor Meeting — Kinlaw Library Board Room
Sophomore and Junior Transfer students (TAG Groups 21-22) meet the Ignited (sophomore) and Courageous (junior) Class Advisors
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch — Johnson Dining Hall
1 – 1:45 p.m. Academic Orientation — Hughes Auditorium
Drop/Add dates, midterms, and academic policies are all important pieces of information you will learn about in Academic Orientation
1:45 – 3:30 p.m. Academic Advising — Various locations
Meet with a faculty advisor from your area of study for guidance on finalizing your class schedule. Locations will be announced at the end of Academic Orientation.
3:30 – 5 p.m. Free Time
Stop by the HICCUP Cafe on the upper level of Kinlaw Library between 3:30-4:30 for a complimentary beverage!
5 – 6 p.m. Dinner — Johnson Dining Hall
Commuter Dinner — Dougherty Room, Johnson Dining Hall
Commuter students, take your tray into the Dougherty Dining Room (next to the main serving lines) and connect with the commuter advisor and other commuters!
Music Department Pizza Night — Shaw Colonnade (rain location: McCreless 120)
For students interested in vocal/instrumental music opportunities who signed up in advance
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Honors Program Welcome & Ice Cream Social — The Patio, Johnson Dining Hall (rain location: Bistro)
For students participating in the AU Honors Program
8 p.m. Worship on the Green — Reasoner Green (rain location: Hughes Auditorium)
9:15 – 10:15 p.m. Late Night Breakfast — Johnson Dining Hall

Saturday, August 20

8 – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast — Johnson Dining Hall
8:45 – 10 a.m. Student Life Welcome & Community Standards at AU — Hughes Auditorium
Meet members of the Student Life team and learn about Asbury’s community life standards
10 – 11:45 a.m. Campus Resources Tour — Various locations
Learn where to find, and get a brief introduction to, offices you will interact with — Wholeness & Wellness, Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, Center for Academic Excellence, Catalyst Center for Applied Learning and More!
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch with TAG Group — Johnson Dining Hall
1 – 2 p.m. University Assessments
Students will complete an important online assessment either in their room or in a computer lab.  Additional details will be provided prior to the event.
2 – 3 p.m. Title IX Sexual Harassment Training — Hughes Auditorium
Complete your REQUIRED education session about Title IX and Asbury’s Sexual Harassment Policy so that our community will be not only safe but as holy, honoring and whole as possible
3 p.m. Optional Classroom Schedule Tour
TAG leaders will give a tour of classroom locations so you can be prepared to find your classes on Monday
3 – 6 p.m. Textbook and Package Pickup — Hamann-Ray 101
Students who had textbooks or other packages shipped to campus may pick them up at the Campus Post Office package room
3:30-5 p.m. Free Time
Take a nap, finish setting up your room, or join others on Reasoner Green for yard games and fun!
5 – 6 p.m. Dinner — Johnson Dining Hall
5:45 – 7:30 p.m. Equine Program Orientation — Meet at the circular drive between Kinlaw Library & Johnson Hall
Equine majors and minors will attend an orientation program at the Equine Center
7 p.m. Class Bash — Reasoner Green (rain location: Shaw Auditorium)
All new and transfer students are invited!

Sunday, August 21

8 – 9 a.m. Breakfast — Johnson Dining Hall
Various times Worship at Local Churches
Meet at designated times/locations to walk or ride to local churches
Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch with TAG Group — Johnson Dining Hall
1 – 3:30 p.m. Free Time
3:30 – 5:15 p.m. Home Sweet Home — Meet at TAG Group meeting spot
Gather with your TAG group at a faculty or staff member’s home to become better acquainted with the Asbury community
5:30 – 7 p.m. Dinner — WGM Student Center
New students enjoy food, music, yard games, and more!
6:30 – 8 p.m. Honors Program Non-Athletic Olympics — Home of Dr. Paul & Cheryl Nesselroade, 414 Akers Dr.
Students in the AU Honors Program walk to the home of Dr. Paul Nesselroade, director, for a fun evening of friendly competition (no athleticism required!)
7 – 10 p.m. Welcome Back Bash — Reasoner Green (rain location: Shaw Auditorium)
Join with returning students to celebrate the beginning of a new year!



Monday, August 22

8 a.m. Classes Begin
10 a.m. Academic Convocation Chapel — Hughes Auditorium
9 p.m. All Residence Hall Meetings — Residence Hall Lobbies
REQUIRED meeting for all residential students

Tuesday, August 23

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Commuter Information Meeting — Reasoner 214
REQUIRED meeting for all commuter students

Thursday, August 25

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Activities Fair & Picnic — Semi-Circle
Enjoy a picnic dinner and visit booths of campus clubs and community organizations to see the many ways you can get involved!


General Information

Please look over the information below to further help prepare you for your introduction to Asbury:

  1. Visit the Deposited Students website and complete the checklist.
  2. Visit Move to Asbury for your Housing Preference Form and more information on moving to Asbury.
  3. Prior to Welcome Weekend students have the option of attending Archways, a pre-orientation outdoor adventure leadership program.
  4. Transition and Guidance (T.A.G.) Program Information
  5. Parent Program Information
  6. Moving to Asbury University Information
  7. Computers and Technology
  8. Registrar’s Office
  9. Financial Aid Information
  10. Campus Map
  11. Student Accounts

Our faculty, staff, and students are so excited to welcome you!

Questions can be directed to student.life@asbury.edu.