Concordia Experience

Weeks of Welcome

Weeks of Welcome (WOW) is a continuing orientation program for all new Concordia-Chicago students and serves as a welcome back to campus for returning students. Led by student volunteers, new and returning students have the opportunity to meet new friends, learn about campus resources, have fun, and participate in service opportunities. Some events during the week may be subject to change. Please check back often for the most up to date schedule!

Check out last year's schedule below to see what happens on campus!


Most students check in for the fall semester on Thursday, August 21. We have activities planned for you and your family in the afternoon. We look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, August 21
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. New Residential Student Check In
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  New Commuter Student Check In
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Trailblazer Luncheon held in the KCC Oak Park/River Forest Room This formal luncheon is the official kick-off for CUC’s Trailblazers program. All first generation students and their families are welcomed to come to this event. The keynote speaker will be Emmy  award winning Garrard McClendon. 

*Students attending the lunch should plan to check in to the University by 11:30 a.m.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Music and You
 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Class of 2018 Photo, Pillars Steps
4 p.m.   Service of Welcome and Induction
5:30 p.m.  New Student BBQ
7 p.m.  Mandatory Floor Meetings for Residents
8:30 p.m. WOW Comedian and Magician
Friday, August 22
*** All other returning students check in from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  University Welcome (mandatory for all new students)
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Staying Safe at CUC
10:30 - 11 a.m. Financial Aid 101
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Continuing Orientation Programming (mandatory for all new first year students)
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.   College of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education Meetings (mandatory for all new first year students)
4 p.m.    Playfair The most exciting way to make new friends on campus! Meet your fellow students and gear up for the new school year. 
8 p.m.  Let's Make a Deal Game Show          
9:30 p.m. Bonfire and S'mores in the Triangle, sponsored by College Life
Saturday, August 23
1-3 p.m. Fun in the Sun at Gross Beach
8 p.m. - midnight   CUC Night at the Brunswick Zone
Sunday, August 24
10 a.m. Resurrection Service, Chapel of Our Lord
4 p.m.   University Opening Service and Celebration
8:30 p.m. Returner/Transfer floor meetings (various residence hall floors)
10 p.m. Join us for a Service of Prayer and Praise at the Triangle. Rain location is the Chapel of Our Lord. 
Thursday, August 27
On-Campus Job Walk with Jerry Pinotti. Meet at the KCC Information Desk with a copies of your resume.