If you are a fall sport athlete and a new student, you may be asked to report to campus early. Since you'll be arriving before other new students, we want to make sure you feel at home right away! We'll also have some special events for parents, family members, and guests of new student-athletes.

Fall 2021 New Student Athlete Welcome Days:
  • Wednesday, August 11, 2021: Football and Tennis
  • Monday, August 16, 2021: Cheer & Stunt, Cross Country, Golf, Men's and Women's Soccer, and Volleyball

Start Time

Session Topic & Description


8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


One-Stop Check-In

Arrive at Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center (CRWC) during check-in hours to complete required tasks and pick up your residence hall keys.

Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center (CRWC)

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Move-In | Physicals | Baseline Concussion Testing

After completing the steps at one-stop check-in, proceed to your assigned residence hall to get settled in. You may also need to present for your athlete physical or baseline concussion testing if your coach has instructed you to do so.

Stop by any of our open offices or campus stores during this time as well.

Campus Residence Halls

Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center (CRWC)

12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

Welcome Luncheon

Enjoy a meal and hear a welcome message from University of Dubuque President Jeffrey F. Bullock.

Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center (CRWC)

New Student Athletes

Parents, Family Members, & Guests

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Meet-and-Greet Activity

Participate in an activity to get to know other new student athletes.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

University of Dubuque 101

Meet UD staff members and administrators and learn more about campus expectations and opportunities for your student.

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

Physical Health for Athletes

Meet Coach Gunnelson and learn more about topics like athlete nutrition and sleep.

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Out and About in Dubuque

Get to know the community of Dubuque a bit better with a trolley tour of some popular spots around town.

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Stretch Break

Get tips and tricks for re-energizing study break stretches you can use throughout the academic year.

4:15 - 5:00 p.m.

Effectively Supporting Your Student Athlete

Meet other parents and family members and participate in an interactive discussion activity to help navigate your student's transition to college.


3:30 - 4:15 p.m.


Brain Health for Athletes

Maintaining balance will be important to your academic and athletic success. Learn about how to be mindful and manage stress and anxiety.

4:15 - 5:00 p.m.

Student-Athlete Panel

Ask upperclass student athletes all of your questions about what it is like to be a student and athlete at UD.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Dinner and Break

Meet back up with your family to get dinner and/or take care of any off-campus errands you may need to do. Continue to settle into your residence hall room.

Family members are asked to depart campus by 7:00 pm.

Various Locations

On Your Own

7:30 -9:30 p.m.

Evening Social Entertainment

Continue to get to know other student-athletes in an informal social setting. Snacks and prizes will be available.

Knapp Stage, CyberCafe, Heritage Center

*Please note: Schedule is tentative and subject to change.