Weeks of Welcome

Group of student smiling and holding a GO Dons sign.Surrounding the start of classes will be USF's Weeks of Welcome, or WOW.

  • The first two weeks of class are called Weeks of Welcome (WOW) and is packed with programs, events, and services.
  • WOW serves as an extended orientation and helps new students get involved, find community, and learn more about the opportunities and resources at USF.
Event DATE Time Location Description
Yoga with Brian Mondays (Weekly) 7:30 - 8:45 AM


Please click on the class link 24 hours in advance to request the class Zoom link. Please email fitness@usfca.edu to be added to the Group Fitness Updates email list.

This class is perfect for anyone newer to yoga, or students wanting to dive deeply into each pose. Each class is sequenced to support students into a peak pose, focusing on breaking down each pose so it is accessible to all bodies. Open to all levels. If you are injured and/or new to yoga, please inform the instructor so that they may suggest modified poses.
Art Exhibition: Offerings Somatic-the body as substance of ritual Ongoing Ongoing Thacher Gallery, Library Stop by the Thacher Gallery to explore our current exhibition. Offerings Somatic features Chris Evans, Evelyn Leder, Tossie Long, and Midori—four interdisciplinary artists employing the body to challenge and expand our perceptions.
The Learning, Writing, and Speaking Centers Walk-In Hours Jan. 22 - 26 9 AM - 5 PM Gleeson Library, Lower Level, Room G03 Learn more about academic support services at USF! LWSC Front Desk is available to answer questions and assist students with making appointments.
CASA Registration Assistance Drop-In Hours Jan. 22 - 26 10 AM - 5 PM University Center, Third Floor Visit CASA on University Center 3rd floor if you have any questions about class registration or adding/dropping classes.
Spin with Ellen Tuesdays (Weekly) 9 - 10 AM Koret Rec Center, Boxing Room Spin will improve your aerobic capacity via HIIT, tempo, interval, or fartlek training. Depending on the instructor, you may be riding through the hills of San Francisco or racing down the embarcadero. This is a high-intensity, upbeat class that will get you to work up a sweat! Feel your heart rate increasing and your muscles burning as you endure the ride the instructor takes you on. Although it is a high-intensity class, you can bring it down a notch if needed, this class can accommodate ALL fitness levels.
McCarthy Center Program Information Sessions Tuesday, Jan. 23 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Zoom Learn more about various pathways to public service and community engagement through internship opportunities, including our Community Empowerment Activist, USF in DC, McCarthy Fellows in San Francisco and Sacramento, Equity Interns, Literacy Tutors, USFVotes, and Rising USF programs.
Welcome Back Fest Tuesday, Jan. 23 11:30 AM - 1 PM University Center, Privett Plaza Join us at the Welcome Back Fest, where all students are invited to connect, foster conversations, build a sense of community, and explore on-campus resources and support. Don't miss the chance to snag some free swag and kick off the spring semester with excitement at USF!
Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Aga Wednesdays (Weekly) 9:30 - 10:30 AM Koret Rec Center, Combatives Room Vinyasa Yoga links breath and movement closely in order to build strength, flexibility, endurance, concentration and body awareness, all within a moving meditation. The class is thoughtfully sequenced and alignment focused, allowing students to safely get into their fullest expression of each pose that builds heat.
USF ROTC: Walk in Wednesdays (Weekly) Beginning on Thursday, Feb. 1  11 AM - 3 PM Lone Mountain Main, Rooms 211, 213, 218 Stop by the ROTC department to ask any and all questions on how to join the program and the benefits of joining, such as free tuition, room and board grant, books paid for, and a $420 dollar a month stipend.
Off-Campus Living (OCL): Walk in Wednesdays (Weekly)

Beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 24

11 AM - 4 PM University, Center, Fifth Floor Stop by OCL to ask any and all questions about living off campus, from rent prices to process to roommates.
Zumba with Nicole Thursdays (Weekly) 5 - 6 PM Koret Rec Center, Aerobics Room Ditch the workout, join the dance party! Zumba will challenge your coordination, teach you easy to learn dance moves, challenge your heart rate and muscle endurance. This class is for all fitness levels. Bring a towel, some water and get ready to have some fun!
Mixed Meet-Up: A space for multiracial and multi-ethnic students Thursday, Jan. 25 5 - 6 PM University Center, 411/412 Do you identify as multi-racial or multi-ethnic? If yes, join the mixed community at USF! This community meet-up serves as a safe space to talk about all topics concerning multi-racial and multi-ethnic identities! There's no such thing as "not being mixed enough"!
Information Session: Apply for a Student Housing Student Job Position! Thursday, Jan. 25 6:30 - 7:30 PM Cowell 107 Stop by the Student Housing Information Session to learn more about Student Housing Job opportunities for the upcoming summer and next school year.
Women's Basketball vs Loyola Marymount University Thursday, Jan. 25 6 - 8 PM War Memorial Gym Come support the USF Women's Basketball Team as they face the Lions of Loyola Marymount University. USF students get in free with their student ID.
Student Disability Services (SDS) Open House Friday, Jan. 26 11 AM - 1 PM Gleeson Library, Lower Level, Room 20 Stop by the SDS office to meet the Disability Specialists and engage with the SDS community.
New and Returning LGBTQ+ Student Mixer Friday, Jan. 26 1 - 2:30 PM University Center, 413 A Gender & Sexuality Center open house for new and returning students to stop by, learn about the Gender & Sexuality Center, and meet new and returning LGBTQ+ students over light refreshments and snacks.
Cafe International: A space for International students Friday, Jan. 26 4 - 5 PM University Center, 411/412 Come to Cafe International and engage with fellow international students from various parts of the world! Unwind, exchange stories, and build lasting friendships while savoring a cup of tea!
Flexibility & Function with Ethan Fridays (Weekly) 5 - 6 PM Koret Rec Center, Aerobics Room All levels are welcome in this low-impact program focused on enhancing joint mobility and building core strength. 
Welcome Weekend: Watercolor Class Saturday, Jan. 27 11:30 AM - 4 PM Meet at Koret Rec Center Lobby Welcome Weekends are FREE TRIPS for incoming freshmen and transfer students ONLY. Join us for a Watercolor Class to connect with new students and find communities of support on campus. You will also learn how to use your MUNI pass to explore SF. Registration opens on December 14th on ActiveNet; login with your CWID and use coupon code 'WWSPRING2024".
Women's Basketball vs Gonzaga Saturday, Jan. 27 4 - 6 PM War Memorial Gym GOLD OUT! Join the USF Women's Basketball Team for their LACE IT UP for Pediatric Cancer game. USF students get in free with their student ID.
Information Session: Apply for a Student Housing Student Job Position! Monday, Jan. 29 2 - 4 PM Cowell 316 Stop by the Student Housing Information Session to learn more about Student Housing Job opportunities for the upcoming summer and next school year.
SLE Student Involvement Fair

Tuesday, Jan. 30 

Wednesday, Jan. 31

11:30 AM - 1 PM McLaren Complex Chat with representatives from 100+ student organizations to find out how you can get involved at USF. Different organizations will be available on each day!

For more information, visit Student Leadership and Engagement on the University Center 4th Floor, follow @usfsle, or learn more on the SLE website.
Register for Ready, Set, Go Dons Challenge Feb. 1 - Feb. 29 All Month Challenge Register Online Participate in an online Jumpstart Your Wellness challenge. Compete with fellow Dons from the different USF schools/college in the Ready, Set, Go Dons challenge. The schools/college with the most minutes of movement tracked online at the end of February wins the title of most active USF school/college. All participating students will be entered to win raffle prizes throughout the month.
USF ROTC: Meet your ROTC Program Thursday, Feb. 1 11 AM - 1 PM Lone Mountain Main, Rooms 211, 213, 218 Stop by for free swag and information about the program, and compete in athletic events outside of Lone Mountain for a prize.
Student Housing Student Positions Tabling Session Thursday, Feb. 1 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM University Center, First Floor Stop by the Student Housing Tabling session to learn more about Student Housing Job opportunities for the upcoming summer and next school year and ask any questions.
Healthcare 101 Thursday, Feb. 1 12 - 1 PM Zoom This workshop is tailored to USF students who need support navigating healthcare resources. Participants will learn about resources on the USF campus that are available to them, as well as terms and definitions they might need to know for their own health insurance.
Health Insurance Waiver/Enrollment Deadline Thursday, Feb. 1 5 PM Learn More The Spring 2024 insurance waiver/enrollment period will be open until Feb. 1. For more information on how to waive if you have equal or better coverage off-campus or if you need to enroll because you are below units, visit https://myusf.usfca.edu/hps/insurance.
USF Votes Semester Welcome Meeting Thursday, Feb. 1 6:30 - 8:30 PM Masonic Suite 103 and Zoom Join us for the first USFVotes meeting of the Spring semester as we build community and get ready for the upcoming primary elections and 2024 general election!
Men's Basketball vs San Diego Thursday, Feb. 1 7 - 9 PM War Memorial Gym at Sobrato Center Come support the Men's Basketball team as they face San Diego. USF students get in free with their student ID.
Gordon Getty presets Goodbye, Mr. Chips Friday, Feb. 2 5:45 - 8:30 PM

Presentation Theater


USF is thrilled to welcome composer Gordon Getty, Class of 1956, back to campus to celebrate the San Francisco film premiere of his fourth opera, Goodbye, Mr. Chips.

Goodbye, Mr. Chips is based on the popular 1934 novella Goodbye, Mr. Chips and other stories by James Hilton. Goodbye, Mr. Chips tells the story of a teacher at Brookfield, an all-boys English boarding school to which “Chips” dedicates most of his adult life. The film chronicles Chips’ story of love, loss, and learning over his decades-long tenure at Brookfield.

Men's Basketball vs Pacific Saturday, Feb. 3 7 - 9 PM War Memorial Gym at Sobrato Center Come support the Men's Basketball team as they face Pacific. USF students get in free with their student ID.
Off Campus Living : Virtual Housing Search 101 Workshop Tuesday, Feb. 6 1 - 1:45 PM Zoom We are hosting an everything you need to know about off-campus living workshop. Visit our Instagram to register.
Silk Series: Sterling K. Brown and Dr. Clarence B. Jones Tuesday, Feb. 6 7 - 8 PM War Memorial Gym at Sobrato Center Sterling K. Brown, Emmy Award-winning actor, will take to the stage with Dr. Clarence B. Jones, former lawyer, political adviser, and draft speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and co-founder and director emeritus of the USF Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice. Students get in for free! Register now »

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