Scotty in front of the UCR Bell Tower
September 14, 2022

Back to School: UCR Welcome Week 2022

Details about free food, giveaways, and live music to pump you up for the new school year

Author: Malinn Loeung
September 14, 2022

All UCR Highlanders are invited to celebrate the start of our 2022-23 academic year with a bunch of fun and informative events hosted by various campus partners. This is a great time to discover new departments, reconnect with familiar programs, and add friends to your list of followers and followees. 

As thanks to students who are joining the fun, University Communications is hosting a giveaway!


Giveaway Details


1. Attend Welcome Week Events listed below (as many as you'd like)

2. Use #UCRWelcomeWeek2022 hashtag on your Instagram posts

3. Get a chance to win a $50 bookstore gift card


• All currently enrolled UCR undergrad and grad students are eligible to win

• Winners will be selected randomly from hashtags posted on Instagram from Sept. 19-30, 2022

• Instagram profiles and posts must be public

• Winners will be contacted/announced in early October 2022


Events Schedule: Welcome Week 2022 

Most of these events are open to all students (new, continuing, undergrad, and grad) but some events are for specific audiences only. Contact the hosting department for additional details.

For All Students

Sept. 20, 9:30-11:30am: Undocumented Student Programs Campus Tour (w/ donuts)

Sept. 21, 11am-2pm: Health, Well-being & Safety Open House (w/ swag, treats & resources)

Sept. 21, 12-1:30pm: Undocumented Student Programs Open House (w/ boba)

Sept. 21, 1-3pm: Fraternity and Sorority Involvement Fair (undergrads only)

Sept. 22, 12-1pm: Undocumented Student Programs Welcome Lunch (w/ variety of food)

Sept. 22, 6-7pm: Fraternity and Sorority Info Night

Sept. 22, 23, 26 & 27: College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Welcome Week Celebration (w/ t-shirt giveaway, DJ, donuts, ice cream, selfies w/ Scotty, tours, and more)

Sept. 22, 7pm: Women's Soccer vs. UC San Diego (w/ giveaways) 

Sept. 23, 2:30-3:30pm: The HUB Sunglass Showcase (w/ prizes for best design and voter participation)

Sept. 24: ASPB Block Party (w/ live music, food, and attractions; closed to Extension students)

Sept. 25, 1-3pm: Q-Camp: Orientation to Campus Life for LGBTQ+ Students & Allies (w/ swag bag)

Sept. 26, 5-6pm: Undocumented Student Programs Welcome Dinner (w/ variety of food)

Sept. 27, 7pm: ASPB Mind & Muscle w/ JPG Coaching (w/ giveaways; priority seating for undergrads)

Sept. 28: Student Organization Involvement Fair (undergrads only)

Sept. 28, 12-1pm: ASPB’s Tartan Soul Kickoff Nooner (w/ live music)

Sept. 28, 12-1:30pm: Undocumented Student Programs Open House (w/ ice cream)

Sept. 28, 12-2pm: Academic Resource Center Open House (w/ food & giveaways; undergrads only)

Sept. 29, 11am-2pm: Student Disability Resource Center Open House (w/ giveaways, activities, resource fair)

Sept. 29, 4-9pm: Soul, Rock & Reggae Concert (at The Barn)

Sept. 29: ASPB’s Film Screening: "Monster's University" 

Sept. 29, 6pm: Women’s Volleyball vs. UC San Diego (w/ giveaways)

Sept. 30: ASPB Highlander POOLooza (at SRC pool)

For New First-Year/Freshmen & New Transfers Only

Sept. 19, 4:30-7pm: New Highlander Welcome

Sept. 19, 5-7pm: ASPB Ring in the Riv (w/ live music ft. Ylona Garica & Johnny 2 Phones; hosted by DJ Santana)

Sept. 23-25: Highlander Outdoor Orientation Trip to Big Bear

For Specific Colleges/Schools Only

Sept. 12-23: College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) Welcome Week (for undergrad & grads)

Sept. 20, 9:30am-12pm: New School of Education (SOE) Graduate Student Orientation (incoming SOE grads only)

Sept. 21: School of Education (SOE) Dean’s Welcome (incoming SOE undergrads only)

Sept. 27-28, 10am-while supplies last: Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) Student Welcome (outside Bytes Café at Winston Chung Hall; free BCOE swag, goodies, coffee, and pastries; for new, returning, undergrad, and grad BCOE students only)

For On-Campus Residents Only: Not Including North District  

Check out Residential Life's Instagram for event locations and details.

Sept. 19, 8am-12pm: Community Service with the Riverside Food Bank (RSVP only)

Sept. 19, 8-10am: Botanic Gardens Tour

Sept. 19, 9am: Enginuity LLC Meet and Greet

Sept. 19, 10:30am: Honors LLC Meet and Greet

Sept. 19, 11am: Transfer Track: Transfer Resident Welcome

Sept. 19, 1pm: PATH LLC Meet and Greet

Sept. 19, 2pm: MUNDO LLC Meet and Greet

Sept. 19, 3pm: Second Year Track: Second Year Welcome

Sept. 19, 4pm: Second Year Track: Introduction to Second Year Success with the ARC

Sept. 19, 5:30pm: Bannockburn, Oban, Plaza Resident Welcome Dinner

Sept. 19, 5:30pm: Falkirk and Stonehaven Resident Welcome Dinner

Sept. 19, 5:30pm: Glen Mor Resident Welcome Dinner

Sept. 19, 8pm: I Paca, You Paca, We ALPACA

Sept. 20, 9am: CHASS LLC Meet and Greet

Sept. 20, 10:30am: Pre-Business LLC Meet and Greet

Sept. 20, 1pm: Strides 2 Success LLC Meet and Greet

Sept. 20, 1pm: Silent Meditation with RD Cassandra Butcher

Sept. 20, 2pm: Pathways LLC Meet and Greet

Sept. 20, 4pm: Transfer Track: Introduction to Transfer Success with the ARC

Sept. 20, 4pm: Student Housing Academic Resource Center Open House

Sept. 20, 5:30pm: Oban Family Housing Welcome

Sept. 20, 6pm: Program Advisors for Community Experience: Scotty’s Sleepover

Sept. 20, 7pm: A Night of Magic with Kevin Li

Sept. 21, 9am: SiMs LLC Meet and Greet

Sept. 21, 11am: Health, Wellness, and Safety Fair

Sept. 21, 1pm: MARKAZ LLC Meet and Greet

Sept. 21, 1pm: Fraternity and Sorority Life Info Fair

Sept. 21, 3pm: Asian Pacific Islander Desid American Residents Welcome

Sept. 21, 4pm: International Student Welcome

Sept. 21, 4pm: Program Advisors for Community Experience: TOTE-Tally Rad

Sept. 21, 6:30pm: R’Side Festival with DJ Rose

Sept. 21, 8pm: Residential Life Welcome Concert – Get Low With P-Lo

Sept. 22, 4pm: Program Advisors for Community Experience: R'Luau

Sept. 22, 6pm: Program Advisors for Community Experience: Ready, Set, Glow!

Sept. 22, 6pm: You See Our Boardgames with RD Trapper McLean


Back-to-School News

Housing Services has scheduled move-in weekend for Sept. 16-18. As with the past two years, COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be in place. Students must be up to date on their COVID vaccinations and boosters and must test negative prior to their arrival.

Students will be pre-assigned check-in times for their move-in with arrivals staggered by location and day to mitigate wait times and traffic. Up to two guests may accompany students and all must wear face coverings while indoors at campus locations.  For more information go to

About 4,500 students and guests are expected on Friday, 5,700 on Saturday, and 7,200 on Sunday. Check-in, key distribution, and COVID testing will take place in Lot 30. About 8,500 students will be living on campus this fall.

Traffic is expected to be busy in and around campus that weekend.

Dining Services will begin serving some meals at the Lothian Residential Restaurant and Glasgow Residential Restaurant on Sept. 18. For hours and locations of other dining venues visit

Imran Ghori contributed to this story.


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