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Welcome Week

A Mizzou and American flag hot air balloon sit between the columns and Jesse Hall all lit up during Welcome Week 2018.Welcome Week is a series of events for new MU students that occur each fall the week before school starts. Large signature events anchor a fun schedule for students spanning the better part of each day and long into the night. Each day has smaller events ranging from dodgeball tournaments in the Rec and ping pong in the Student Center to swing dancing classes and barbeques. While there are dozens of social events designed to help students meet others, there also are academic and informational programs that orientate students to campus. More than 80 student organizations, academic units, and various departments put on more than 200 programs every year so there is something for everyone during Welcome Week.

Welcome Groups

At the core of Welcome Week are the Welcome Groups. Each group consists of 15-30 new students and are led by a Welcome Leader. The groups are primarily based on where a student is living. Each group will preview the day’s schedule and select what events they would like to attend as a group vs individually. Groups will attend various events together, including Citizenship @Mizzou, however the Welcome Week schedule can be navigated individually if a student prefers that method.


Every student starts their MU career by walking through the columns, but that is not the only thing to do during Welcome Week. Below are a few examples of 250+ events and programs held each year the week before school starts. you can view a list of events (and past events) on MU Engage.

  • First Roar – A massive pep rally welcoming all new tigers to campus.
  • Midnight BBQ – Live DJ, great food, and the biggest block party of the year. Need we say more?
  • Coffee Walks – Join various campus administrators and faculty on a short walk to their favorite coffee places in town.
  • Escape Ellis – You’ve heard of escape rooms, but can you escape the library? (You can, but you’ll have fun in the huge escape room)
  • Glow Yoga – It’s yoga at twilight and when the sun sets the glow sticks shine.
  • Morning Runs/Biking – Are you a runner or biker? Join the running club and biking club for a short (or long) morning run. They’ll show you all the best routes.
  • Paint the M – In 1927, Nebraska fans thought they were funny by making the rock M in the football stadium a rock N. Mizzou students quickly fixed it and touched it up but the tradition of painting the M before every academic year was born.
  • Tiger Walk – Before they walked through the columns our students came from many places, but after they are a Missouri Tiger.

Fall 2020

COVID-19 presents unique challenges to the Welcome Week format. As such students can expect smaller activities and groups will likely find themselves with assigned times to pick up textbooks, get their IDs, etc as a way to help keep the number of people visiting an office small. Students will learn the full extent of the impact when they arrive this fall.