Concordia Experience


Weeks of Welcome

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.


Most students check in for the fall semester on Thursday, August 17. We have activities planned for you and your family in the afternoon. We look forward to seeing you!


Thursday, August 17


9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


New Residential Student Check In

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

New Commuter Student Check In

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Music and You (McCormick Recital Hall)

4 p.m.  

Service of Welcome and Induction (New Students: Check-in at the Art Gallery before the services to have your name read.)

5:30 p.m. 

New Student BBQ

7 p.m.

Mandatory Floor Meetings for Residents

8 p.m.  (dusk)

Movie in the Triangle sponsored by the Office of Student Leadership & Involvement 

Friday, August 18 - New students: Wear your new CUC shirts to the Cougar Kick-Off!


9 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 


Cougar Kick Off (mandatory for all new students) begins in the Chapel of Our Lord at 9 a.m.

7 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 

Hypnotist sponsored by the Office of Student Leadership & Involvement 

Saturday, August 20

8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 Service Saturday! Stop by the Service Table during University Check-in on August 17th to verify your project! Don’t forget to wear your #ServeAndLead Shirt!

2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

BLOCK PARTY! Sponsored by the Office of Student Leadership & Involvement

Featuring: Beach Party on Campus with Spiritual Life

Sunday, August 21

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


NCAA Athletes: Opening Devotional and Student-Athlete Orientation



3:30 p.m.


University Opening Service and Celebration


5:30 p.m.


Dinner in the Triangle


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


Monday, August 22 - First Day of classes