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Great Event Ideas for College Welcome Weeks

Friday, July 29, 2016

Adulting can be hard, but so can going back to school. Welcome everyone back with a week full of themed events!

Adulting is hard: Have fun like a big kid 

Ideas for types of events to host at this year’s Back to School Celebration 


  • Casino Night - a casino complete with blackjack, craps, roulette, & poker tables is a great mix & mingle event for people who do not know each other. Students will be able to sit together and have some common topics of conversation - gambling. It is a great ice breaker event. 
  • Arcade/Sports Bar - Set up your common area like a pool hall, arcade or sports bar with lots of lights, action and fun for everyone. 
  • Field of Fun - Fill the field with all of the latest and greatest inflatables, dunk tanks, and interactive physical games for a great day in the fall sun. 
  • Carnival - The games of chance are a super fun way for students to interact. 
  • Department Trade Show - Set up a booth for each department, resource office, clubs and other groups that students may need to be introduced to. It is a great idea to have a ticket to check off students have visited all the booths and offer a prize for getting it all checked. Another great way to entice students to visit booths is by having a game, entertainer or interactive contest at each booth. 
  • Team Building or Dorm Wars - put students on teams according to their dorms or randomly and have a great team adventure. Create a round robin schedule so team can play each other in challenge stations head to head. 
  • Concert - A trending music group or band will be a huge draw to get students out and celebrating together. 
  • Entertainer - Bring in a comedian, magician, celebrity impersonator, or hypnotist show. 
  • Busker Fest - put together a festival full of street performers. 
  • BBQ - nothing brings a bunch of hungry students out to mingle like some good smokin’ food. 
  • Food Trucks - another great way to feed students without a giant mess. 
  • Competitions - Volleyball, kickball, softball, tug-o-war, relay races, and other tournaments are a fun way to create some bonding. 
  • School of_____ specific - have the engineering school build Rube Goldberg machines, how about have the school of business students start a lemonade stand, the Science School can host a Science Fair. 
  • Water Wars - squirters, water balloons, water slides, slip & slides - get them wet and wild! 
  • Dunk the Admin - Pie throwing, dunk tanks, splash down, etc show the fun side of and make administration, counselors, etc. more approachable. 
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