2021 Welcome Week

August 31 - September 11, 2021

Get your fall semester off to an exciting start by getting involved in OU's Welcome Week, August 31 - September 11. To learn how to get more involved, visit the Office for Student Involvement.

Featured Events

Two females wearing white shirts that say Greek Life at the Involvement Fair


Involvement Fair

The Involvement fair is a volunteer, community business and involvement fair! There are over 200 tables with information on how to get involved!


Two men on a green carnival ride


Grizz Fest

Start your OU career off right and get involved with local business, non-profits and more than 300 student organizations.

Female student wearing an O U shirt posing with The Grizz at Grizzfest


Sigma Pi Pig Roast & SPB Carnival

Join the Sigma Pi fraternity for a Greek style Pig Roast and the Student Program Board for a night of rides, games and entertainment.

Two female students laughing at the L O L Comedy Show


Road March to End Hunger

Help end hunger for local veterans by donating canned goods and other non perishable goods September 8 at 11 a.m. outside of South Foundation Hall.

All Events

Tuesday, August 31

9 a.m., Noon, 3 p.m.
New Student Welcomes & Academic Open Houses
6 p.m.
School of Music, Theatre and Dance Presents 35 MM: A Musical Exhibition
Outdoor Festival Stage, Varner Hall Courtyard (Cost)
9-11 p.m.
“The Walk” to Meadow Brook Hall
Meet at Hamlin Circle

Wednesday, September 1

2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
School of Music, Theatre and Dance Presents 35 MM: A Music Exhibition
Outdoor Festival Stage, Varner Hall Courtyard
More info


6 p.m.
You Ask, OU Answers COVID-19 Vaccine Edition with OUWB Medical Professionals (Sponsored by OUSC)
Zoom meeting
More info

Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 948 9741 1522
Passcode: 183732

Thursday, September 2

8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Welcome Back to OU All-Day Party
Between North and South Foundation Halls
6 - 8:30 p.m.
CMI and ABS Welcome Back BBQ
Elliott Tower
9 - 11 p.m.
NPHC Yard Show
Outdoor Festival Stage, Varner Hall Courtyard

Friday, September 3

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
“How to Have a Stress Less Semester” Fair
Elliott Tower
3 - 5 p.m.
International Welcome Reception
OU Tent
7 - 10 p.m.
Movie & Munchies in The Habitat featuring Coming 2 America
The Habitat, Oakland Center

Tuesday, September 7

11 a.m-2 p.m.
NFH Open House
North Foundation Hall, Oakland Center
More info

This event last from Tuesday, September 7 - Friday, September 10 each day. 

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Grizz Festival Day 1
Elliott Tower
More info

Student Affairs, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Academic Departments and Meadow Brook. 

8 - 11 p.m.
SPB Silent Disco
Elliott Tower

Wednesday, September 8

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Grizz Festival Day 2
Elliott Tower
More info

Nonprofits, Community Businesses and Preferred Vendors

1 - 3 p.m.
SPB Hump Day
OU Tent
5 - 6:30 p.m.
Late Night with Student Affairs & Diversity Offices and Departments
North Foundation, Oakland Center

Thursday, September 9

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Grizz Festival Day 3
Elliott Tower
More info

Student Organizations and Club Sports

6-7 p.m.
9/11 Twenty Years Later featuring US Representative Elissa Slotkin and Former US Representative Mike Rogers
Founders Ballroom A, Oakland Center, Online access available.
More info

This event is sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement. For virtual access, please register here.

7 - 9 p.m.
Main stage Kickoff with Dueling Pianos (Sponsored by SPB)
The Habitat, Oakland Center
9 - 11 p.m.
OUSC S’mores & Pours Bonfire
Bonfire Pit, Recreation and Athletic Outdoor Complex/P11 Parking Lot

Friday, September 10

5 - 11 p.m.
Sigma Pi 26th Annual Pig Roast, Carnival, WXOU Concert and More
Elliott Tower, OU Tent
More info

Sigma Pi 26th Annual Pig Roast, SPB “Grizzlies in Wonderland" Carnival, WXOU Concert and SVP movie featuring "Cruella"

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Grizz Festival Day 4
Elliott Tower
More info

SAFAC, FSL (Fraternity & Sorority Life) and Student Organizations

Saturday, September 11

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Veterans Support Services and OSI “March for Heroes” Honoring the 20th Anniversary of 9-11
Elliott Tower
10 p.m. - Midnight
RLA Midnight Block Party (Housing Students only)
Elliott Tower, OU Tent