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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 22. We have activities planned for you and your family in the afternoon. We look forward to seeing you!

For those interested in retaking the ALEKS Math Placement Test, please contact Dr. Mary Goetting for more information:

Thursday, August 22


9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


New Residential Student Check In

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

New Commuter Student Check In

1:00 p.m.

Women’s Soccer – Scrimmage vs. North Park University (Cougar Stadium)

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Music and You (McCormick Recital Hall) – For all students involved in any aspect of music

4:00 p.m.  (Students: Please arrive at 3:30 p.m.)

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

5:30 p.m. 

New Student BBQ

7:00 p.m.

Mandatory Floor Meetings for Residents

8:00 p.m.  

WOW Fun presented by Student Leadership & Involvement

Friday, August 23 - New students: Wear your new CUC shirts to the Cougar Kick-Off!


9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

New Students:  Cougar Kick Off (mandatory for all new students).  All sessions will be held in the Chapel of Our Lord unless otherwise noted.  Sessions include: 

  • 9:00 a.m.  Welcome from the Dean of Students
  • 9:45 a.m.  Safety on Campus: Public Safety, and Village Emergency Response
  • 10:55 a.m.  Student Involvement
  • 12:00 p.m.  Class of 2023 Photo (Pillars)
  • 12:30 p.m.  Lunch (Crossroads Dining Hall)
  • 1:30 p.m.  Title IX
  • 1:50 p.m.  Academic Success
  • 2:30 p.m.  College Meetings: Meet faculty in your major college
  • 2:30 p.m.  College Meetings: Meet faculty in your major college
    • CAS:  Chapel
    • COE:  CC 341 & CC 349
    • COB:  KZ 120
  • 3:30 p.m. - First Freshman Seminar Class Meeting (freshmen only)
  • 5:15 p.m. – Dinner 

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Returning Student Check In

7:00 p.m.

Comedian Jeff Scheen (Bergmann Theater)

Saturday, August 24

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 Service Saturday! Don’t forget to wear your #ServeAndLead Shirt!

9:00 a.m.

Football Scrimmage vs. Lake Forest College (Cougar Stadium)

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

ROCK THE BLOCK Block Party! Sponsored by the Office of Student Leadership & Involvement (Triangle)

 7:45 p.m.  Campfire & S'mores (Triangle)

Sunday, August 25

1:00 p.m.


Women’s Volleyball Scrimmage vs. Culver Stockton College (Geiseman Gymnasium)

4:00 p.m.


University Opening Service and Celebration

5:30 p.m.


Opening Celebration BBQ in the Triangle featuring Dueling Pianos 

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 26

First Day of classes

*For other check-in dates, review the full check-in schedule