Let's get your college journey off to an outstanding start with Weekend of Welcome!

During this multi-day virtual and on-ground event, you’ll receive your official welcome to Shawnee State University, learn about the business of being a college student, and get connected to key student life and academic services. Oh, you’ll have lots of fun, too.

Our Weekend of Welcome is for all new students — whether you plan to live on campus or commute from home. WOW is designed to help new students make the transition to college life and everyone on campus celebrate the start of a new academic year. 

This year’s WOW is scheduled for Friday, August 20 - Sunday, August 22, but the dates are subject to change based on COVID restrictions.

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Shawnee State University requires all students, employees, and visitors to wear a face mask indoors.

Friday, August 20

8 am-4:30 pm 
Morris University Center Office Hours  

8:30 am-3:00 pm
New Student Housing Move-In // Waller Street Parking Lots  

Housing students are required to check in at the Move-In Tents before moving into their residence hall. 

What to expect on your move-in day:

  • Arrive at your scheduled move-in time. Students who do not schedule a time may experience delays.
  • A member of our Health Team will greet you.
  • You will need your Health Pass, a photo ID, and your social security number
  • You will stay in your car and be directed through the parking lot.
  • Vaccinated students with a blue vaccine pass will be sent to their assigned building to pick up their key
  • Unvaccinated students will receive a rapid COVID test and be given the opportunity to be vaccinated before moving into their apartment. Unvaccinated students will be subject to surveillance testing throughout Autumn semester.
  • Students will stop at a tent in front of their apartment to check in with their RA, complete paperwork, and obtain their key
  • You can park in front of your residence to unload belongings
  • Parents and family members are encouraged to vacate campus as quickly as possible to limit exposure to other students

9:00 am-4:00 pm
Housing Parking Permits // Waller Street Parking Lots

  • Submit your parking pass application by completing the Parking Pass Form.
  • Pick up your parking pass at the Department of Public Safety table.

9:00 am-3 pm
Information Technology Services Support Table // Clark Memorial Library Lower Level

ITS will be available for your computer and technology questions. To submit an online request for support, visit

4:15-4:45 pm
Family Farewells  

*Family members, please depart campus so students can attend “WOW” sessions as programming after this point will be designed specifically and intentionally for new and transfer students only. 

Weekend of Welcome Begins

4:30-4:50 pm
“WOW” New Student Check-In // Vern Riffe Center for the Arts  

Attendance is required. Every new student will receive their WOW T-Shirt. Students only.

*Parking passes will be available for commuters. ITS will be available for questions.

4:30 pm-4:50 pm
Commuter Parking Passes // Vern Riffe Center for the Arts

  • Submit your parking pass application by completing the Parking Pass Form.
  • Pick up your parking pass at the Department of Public Safety table.

5:00-5:40 pm
Bear Beginnings // Vern Riffe Center for the Arts 

New Student Official Welcome from Faculty and Staff along with the Class Picture Attendance is required of all new students.  

5:50-6:30 pm
Academic Truths 101 // Various Locations (See below)

Massie Hall 020
For students unsure about your major or looking for a major. For students not accepted into a Health Science Program.

Mathematical Sciences
Massie Hall 204
Mathematics, Actuarial Science

Morris University Center 215
English Generalist, Culture and Media, Communications

Natural Sciences
Massie Hall 203
Biology, Pre-med, Chemistry, Geology

Gaming (Arts)
Clark Memorial Library, Flohr Lecture Hall
Gaming & Simulation Development Arts

Advanced Technology Center 104
Computer-Aided Drafting & Design, Computer Engineering Technology, Electromechanical Engineering Technology, Plastics Engineering Technology

Allied Health Science
Morris University Center, Ballroom
Dental Hygiene, Radiologic Technologies, Respiratory Therapy, Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Laboratory Technician, Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS), Exercise Science

5:45-7:45 pm
Bear Beginnings Dinner // Bears Den Cafeteria, University Center 

Bring your Student ID. WOW meals are provided to new housing and commuter students.    

5:45-7:45 pm
VIP Shopping Night // Barnes & Noble Bookstore, MUC 

Spoil yourself with a little shopping. Look for special deals and discounts for one night only.

6:40-7:20 pm
Academic Truths 102 // Various Locations (See below)

Fine Arts
Morris University Center, Ballroom
Digital 3D, Interactive Media, Musical Theater, Studio Arts, Graphic Design

Advanced Technology Center 104
Accounting, Management, Marketing, Health Care Administration, Information Systems, Sport Management, Information Security

Social Sciences
Massie Hall 109
History, Political Science, Psychology, Psychology Pre-Art Therapy, Sociology, Social Science

Rehabilitation Sciences
Kricker Hall 250
Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, BSOT 3+ 2, MOT

Education Building 126
Visual Arts Education, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood/Special Education; Intervention Specialist, Middle School Education, Adolescent/Young Adult Education (Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Mathematics)

Massie Hall, 020
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), LPN to ADN

Gaming (Technology)
Clark Memorial Library, Flohr Lecture Hall
Digital Simulation & Gaming Engineering Technology

7:50 pm
New & Transfer Housing Student Meeting- Building Bonds // VRCFA Theater

The Do’s and Don’ts and What to Expect! Attendance is required. 

7:50 pm
New & Transfer Commuter Student Meeting – Commuter Connect // Clark Memorial Library  

The Do’s and Don’ts and What to Expect! Attendance is required. 

8:30 pm
SSU Bingo // Alumni Green 

Join us for SSU’s most popular game where everyone is a winner! Hosted by SPB.  

Saturday, August 21 

ITS Service

Information Technology Service is available remotely. To submit an online request for support, visit

Student Housing Wi-Fi Assistance: For 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Spectrum Community Wi-Fi Technical Support Call 1-855-895-5302

11 am-1 pm
“WOW” New Student Check-In // Morris University Center, Information Desk

For students who did not check in the day before.

11 am-1 pm
Brunch // Bears Den Cafeteria, MUC 

Bring your Student ID. WOW meals are provided to new housing and commuter students. 

12-12:45 pm
Campus Tours // Alumni Green

12-3 pm
Student Business Center Open // Morris University Center 

12-5 pm
Student Success Center Open // Massie Hall 

1:15 pm
Success Now // Clark Memorial Library  

What you do today leads to your success tomorrow. (SSC, Career Services, Library, Counseling, Health Clinic, Accessibility, Math Lab, Writing Center, ITS, Ombudsperson and Pantry.)

2:30 pm
Speak, Up, Speak Out // Vern Riffe Center for the Arts  

This program is a required part of WOW for all incoming freshman students at SSU and is one of the most impactful events of WOW. Receive your SSU Stand Out t-shirt.   

3:30 pm
The Walk // Alumni Green

We get you to your successful tomorrow.   

4:15-4:45 pm
Campus Tours // Alumni Green

4:15-5:45 pm
Shawnee Crafts // Library Lawn 

Create your Shawnee masterpiece.

4:30-6 pm
Dinner // Bears Den Cafeteria, MUC  

Bring your Student ID. WOW meals are provided to new housing and commuter students. 

4:45-5:30 pm
Shawnee Student Band Interest Meeting // CML, Flohr Lecture Hall
For students interested in creating SSU’s first marching band.

6:30-8 pm
Student Success Center Open // Massie Hall 

6:30-8 pm
WOW Carnival // ATC and Administration Annex Lawns 

Student Organization, Academic Programs, and Campus Resources Showcase 

6:30-8 pm 
Party at the Library // Clark Memorial Library, 1st & 2nd Floors   

Games, DJ, photo booth, food and fun! Hosted by the Clark Memorial Library, Information Technology Services and the Writing Center. 

8:15 pm
Bears Bonfire Bash // Beside the SSU Tennis Courts  

Welcome to a night of music, games and bonfire fun! Sponsored by Aladdin Dining Services  

Sunday, August 22 

11 am-1 pm
Brunch // Bears Den Cafeteria, MUC 

12 pm
Smash Brothers Tournament // Gaming Commons, ATC
Join FGC for their first tournament of the year.

12 pm
Bus to Walmart // Morris University Center, Pick-Up/Drop-Off Location   

Pick-Up Times
SSU Pick-Up Time Walmart Pick-Up Time
12:00 pm 12:40 pm
12:20 pm 1:00 pm
12:40 pm 1:20 pm
1:00 pm 1:40 pm
1:20 pm 2:00 pm
1:40 pm 2:20 pm
2:00 pm 2:40 pm
2:20 pm 3:00 pm
2:40 pm 3:20 pm
3:00 pm 3:40 pm
3:20 pm 4:00 pm
4:00 pm 4:20 pm
4:20 pm 4:40 pm

4:00 pm
Meet the Greeks // Library Lawn

Get to know our Fraternity & Sorority Life community on campus. Learn about the history and values of each organization.  

4:30-6 pm
Dinner // Bears Den Cafeteria, MUC 

6:15 pm
MANDATORY All Housing Building Meeting // Campus Housing 

Your Resident Assistant will post signage or notify you of the meeting location.

7 pm
Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream // Alumni Green

Free community event. Bring a blanket or chair. Sponsored by the Portsmouth Area Arts Council and Weekend of Welcome.