Incoming freshmen walk through the lower quad as faculty, staff and fellow students cheer them on during the March Through the Arches ceremony on September 8, 2015.

Student Affairs to Launch New Welcome Days and Tommie Advantage Programs

Student Affairs has partnered with colleagues across the university to develop a more comprehensive and educational experience for first-year students during their first five days on campus (Welcome Days) and for the larger student body over the course of the first six weeks of the academic year (Tommie Advantage).

Welcome Days

The new Welcome Days program occurs prior to the start of the academic year and provides educational and entertaining programming for first-year students that will serve as a foundation for their college experience.

Welcome Days seeks to build community and address key topics related to students’ success as first-year students, including: academic success, alcohol use, community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and interpersonal relationships.

“All first-year students are expected to attend Welcome Days,” said Linda Baughman, dean of students. First-year students were introduced to Welcome Days and Tommie Advantage during new student orientation this summer.

View the full Welcome Days schedule.

Tommie Advantage – a path for student success

Tommie Advantage builds upon the topics and themes from Welcome Days over the course of the first six weeks of fall semester. The program includes an intentional focus on providing students opportunities to:

View the full Tommie Advantage schedule.