Week of Welcome

UA’s Week of Welcome (WOW) is a large series of programs hosted by the university to help first year and transfer students in their transition to academic and student life at the Capstone. The official days of WOW 2017 are Saturday, August 19th through Thursday, August 31st. WOW is only two weeks, but the possibilities are endless!


Is there a cost associated with the Week of Welcome activities?

All Week of Welcome (WOW) events are FREE for University of Alabama students. Just bring yourself and we’ll provide everything else!

Do I have to join University Programs in order to attend Week of Welcome events?

No. We are a department on campus whose sole purpose is to create a space for students to connect outside of the classroom. All you have to do is show up!

Do I have to attend Week of Welcome?

All new students are encouraged to attend Week of Welcome. Attending WOW events is the best way to meet people and become better acquainted with campus and University resources before classes start. Each day of WOW features key events designed to meet the diverse interests of UA students. Taking full advantage of WOW will help you get the best start at the University of Alabama!

What if I cannot attend a Week of Welcome event?

Although there is no penalty for missing Week of Welcome, you are encouraged to attend as many events as you can. WOW activities are designed to meet the needs of new students and help them become more familiar with the campus, community and classmates.

Can I still participate in Week of Welcome if I am participating in Greek recruitment, marching band camp or an athletic team?

Although many Week of Welcome activities may conflict with recruitment or other events, there are a number of activities offered at various times. You should still be able to attend some events even if you are involved in other activities during the week.

How do students living off-campus participate in Week of Welcome events?

Students living off-campus are welcome to attend any of the Week of Welcome events. Please see the WOW schedule for times, locations and transportation recommendations. We recommend that off-campus students park in their designated parking lots and utilize Crimson Ride to get to the events. Bus route recommendations are included on the schedule.


Will I receive information about Week of Welcome?

All new students will be emailed and mailed information about Week of Welcome over the summer. A Week of Welcome information table will be available at Capstone Connections during every Bama Bound orientation session. Students will receive a complete schedule of events when they arrive on campus. In addition, the schedule will be posted around campus and in the Crimson White student newspaper. The Week of Welcome schedule is also available online or on the WOW Facebook Page.

How can I keep track of all the events during Week of Welcome?

Guidebook is a very quick and easy app to use keeping up with our WOW events. Just go to your iOS/Google Play app store and search Bama Bound. Download the app and search for Week of Welcome 2018. Download our guide and you’re good to go!

What is Ripple Effect?

Each year the UA Center for Service and Leadership kicks off the new school year with a service project aimed at engaging new students. Ripple Effect: Freshmen Volunteer Day is a chance for new students to get to know their community, their fellow classmates and the Center for Service and Leadership through a day of service. Ripple Effect is planned in conjunction with Week of Welcome and serves as a signature event to help students get connected to campus. For more information, visit volunteer.ua.edu

Move In

When can I move into my residence hall?

New students can move into their residence halls during times designated by the Housing & Residential Communities. Visit movein.ua.edu for more information.

Who should I contact with questions about move-in or housing assignments?

Contact the Move-In Hotline at (205) 348-1767 or email moveinhelp@sa.ua.edu.

Contact Us

I still have questions about Week of Welcome. Where can I get answers?

Send an email to wow@sa.ua.edu or call (205) 348-7525 Monday through Friday.

Where is the University Programs office?

We are located in the Ferguson Student Center on the third floor in suite 3504, right down the hall from the Career Center.

University Programs Events


How do I check in for University Programs events?

Check in is easy with our new system! Just make sure to bring your smartphone to the check-in table and enter: sa.ua.edu/upevents. Valid MyBama credentials are required for check-in.

How can I win the cool giveaways that University Programs gives out?

Stay in contact with us on social media and come out to our events. You never know what or when we are giving away major giveaways!

As a parent, can I attend events with my incoming student?

We would love for you to attend and if you are available. Please make sure your student has a valid act card.

Can I bring friends that don’t attend the University of Alabama to University Programs events?

University Programs’ events only serve active students at the University of Alabama.


After Week of Welcome, does University Programs host events on campus?

Yes! We host our Tide After Dark series every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout the semester featuring events such as watch parties, tailgates, excursions, comedy shows and concerts.

How can I stay in the loop about all the University Program events?

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @uawhatsup! Also check out our University Programs Facebook page for more info.

If I have an event idea, what should I do to turn it into a reality?

Go to our website and submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) through Qualtrics. We will review it and get back to you with what we can do to help! Or you may email us at universityprograms@ua.edu.

I am a part of a student organization on campus. Can University Programs help me organize an event for my organization?

University Programs collaborates with student organizations to bring unique and innovative events to the University of Alabama campus. You may submit a RFP through Qualtrics.

Get Involved

Can I volunteer with University Programs?

We are always looking for volunteers to help make our events successful! You can sign up to volunteer on the homepage of our website or by contacting our office.

Is University Programs hiring?

We conduct our hiring cycles every semester! Make sure to check our social media accounts and the UA Jobs website.

What are the different jobs that students have at University Programs?

UP is comprised of a programming, communications, tech, logistics and office assistants team.

  • Programming Team is responsible for planning and executing all of our wonderful events.
  • Communications Team is in charge of creating all of our graphics and innovative marketing pieces.
  • Tech Team includes captures all our students’ best moments through photography and videography.
  • Logistics Team is in charge of all related project management aspects of our events.
  • Office Assistants assist with the financial and event documentation.