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Fall Orientation

Week of Welcome (WOW)

Concordia University Irvine

Fall WOW

New Student Orientation
Friday, August 19 - Sunday, August 21, 2022

Welcome to Concordia University, Irvine!
On behalf of the entire Concordia community, we are so excited to share this Week of Welcome (W.O.W.) with you! This first weekend and week is a great opportunity for you to make connections with your peers and have an exceptional start to your college experience!

We hope that the wow experience will introduce you to some of our beloved traditions and showcase the hospitality of Concordia University, Irvine. Orientation is full of fun and informative events that will help you adjust to life on campus as well as academically. With the help of your Peer Advising Leaders (PALs), faculty, and staff, we are excited to bring you into the Concordia family!

Week of Welcome at Concordia is designed to help you:

  • Create connections and relationships with your peers
  • Establish friendships you’ll have over the next four year and beyond!
  • Make lasting memories at events such as Throwdown, nightie events, and so much more!
  • Introduce to you important campus resources and departments such as the Career Center, Academic Advising, Campus Safety, etc.
  • Support your successful transition to college!

W.O.W. Weekend Schedule

Friday, August 19th

7:30 am - 10:00 am: Residential Student Check-In

It is required for all new students to check-in during the assigned time. You will receive your check-in time via your Eagles email during the summer. All check-ins will be a drive through system where students will get their welcome packet with their W.O.W. schedule for the weekend

7:30 am - 10:00 am: Residential Clearance

Only students with holds on their account will need to clear their holds before being able to move into their housing placement. In order to speed up your check-in process, holds should be cleared prior to coming to campus.

7:30am - 11:30am: Residential Move-In

Students will be directed to the building where their housing placement is located in order to get their key.

10:00am - 11:00am: Commuter Check-In

You will receive your check-in time via your Eagles email during the summer.

10:00am - 11:00am: Commuter Clearance

Only students with holds on their account will need to clear their holds before being able to move into their housing placement. In order to speed up your check-in process, holds should be cleared prior to coming to campus.

11:00am - 12:00pm Commuter Workshop

Come meet other commuters, while enjoying fun games and a chance to win prizes! This workshop will also provide more information about Concordia, what to expect as a commuter, spaces to hang out around campus, and ways to get involved.

11:30am - 1:30pm: Lunch Zone

Students, make sure to wear your wristband, as meals will be provided for all new students. Families, if you did not pre-purchase your meal tickets they will be for sale during meal times on the Student Union patio. for $15.

11:30am - 1:30pm: Academic/Resource Fair

Come check out all that our school has to offer to help you succeed academically, socially, and spiritually. Students who complete their SOAR passport by visiting each table will be entered into the Saturday Eagle Eye Awards Ceremony raffle, featuring a grand prize, and other prizes worth up to $500.

1:30pm - 2:00pm Presidential and PAC Welcome

New students will be addressed by Concordia University Irvine’s President, Dr. Michael Thomas, our ASCUI President, Ryan Jones, and the Peer Advising Coordinators (PACs).

2:00pm - 3:45pm First PAL Time

This session will provide students the opportunity to meet each other and create new friendships. In addition to meeting your peers, you’ll also meet your Peer Advising Leaders (PALs), and your PAL group, which is identified on the front of your nametag.

2:00pm - 3:45pm Parent Session with Administration

Parents are invited to hear from Concordia University leadership about what to expect from the Concordia experience and how to support your student through their first year.

You will hear from:

  • Concordia University President - Dr. Michael Thomas
  • Senior Vice President, Provost - Rev. Dr. Scott Ashmon
  • Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students - Megan Bouslaugh
  • Athletic Director - Crystal Rosenthal
  • Associate Dean for Student Wellness - Michelle Laabs

3:45pm - 4:30pm W.O.W. Family Worship

Please join us for a special abbey west (campus ministry team)-led worship service. This is an opportunity to gather with your family to worship and hear a blessing as you prepare for this next chapter of your life.

4:30pm - 5:00pm: Transfer Workshop

Transfer students and their families are invited to learn the ins and outs of succeeding academically at CUI through the resources available to them and hear about CUI’s unique Q & I general education courses from Dr. David Loy, Associate Dean for Christ College, and Laura Courvoisier, Associate Dean for Student Development.

4:30pm - 6:15pm: Dinner Zone

Students and families are welcome to pick up their dinner during this time and attend the specialty group sessions of their choice, or just enjoy their meal under the tent.

5:00pm - 6:00pm Honors: Welcome Session

Honors Program students and their families are invited to meet with Dr. CJ Armstrong, the Director of the Honors Program, to learn more about the program, the courses, and the experience they will have in the Honors Program.

5:30pm - 6:15pm: Spanish Parent Session

Join Gerry Duran for key information for your students' success presented in Spanish.

6:15pm - 7:00pm: Multicultural Community Reception

Students and families are invited to come and meet some of our Student Affairs staff who are here to support our diverse student populations as they transition to Concordia. Spanish speakers will be available.

7:00pm - 8:00pm: Town Hall

This session is required for all new Residential and Commuter students. At this meeting, you will get a run-through of on-campus policies, learn about what fun events the Resident Assistants (RAs) have planned for you, and the activities available for students in our new and improved student lounges: Rho Commons and Sigma General.

7:00pm - 9:00pm: Parent and Family Happy Hour

Calling all Parents! Join Dr. Thomas and others for wine and cheese while your student gets settled on campus. This "open house" style event will allow you to meet other families, speak with President Thomas, staff and faculty members, and unwind from a long day of moving in. You are welcome to come and go as you please. We are looking forward to celebrating this special (yet emotional) day with you!

8:00pm - 10:00pm: First Night Event

More details to come!

10:00pm - 11:30pm Movies in Lounge

Join your friends and fellow students in the Rho and Sigma lounges for movies and mingling!

Saturday, August 20th

8:30am - 9:30am: Coffee Reception

More details to come!

9:00am - 10:30am: Eagle Eye Scavenger Hunt

The PAL teams will explore, hunting for the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and see campus amenities. This will be the final chance for students to complete their SOAR Passport and earn a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the grand prizes!

9:30am - 10:30am: Parent Session with Student Affairs

Hear from some of the Student Affairs directors, and other department leaders, about key campus resources, what life on campus looks like, and how to best guide your student through their transition to college.

10:30am - 11:30am Closing Session (award ceremony/closing remarks/announcements)

More details to come!

11:30am - 1:00pm: Speciality Group Time

More details to come!

11:30am - 1:00pm: Brunch

Parents are invited to attend brunch before a CU Later send-off celebration with their students (See below).

11:30am - 1:00pm: Root Beer Float Send Off

Snap a family picture at the photo booth and grab a root beer float served by CUI Alumni. This will conclude orientation for parents and families, as our new students continue to get acclimated into the CUI community!

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Advising/Career Center/Breakouts

In the session, you will hear from the Student Success Team about course registration and class change protocols, and also about academic and career planning tools such as class schedules and finding on-campus jobs.

2:00pm - 2:30pm: Campus Technology

All new students are required to attend this session to learn about our IT services, how to use Blackboard, and all the exciting things our new campus app has to offer!

2:30pm - 3:00pm: Campus Safety

In this session, you will hear from the directors of Campus Safety and the services offered to you 24/7. Following this session, you can pick up your ID card if you have not already.

3:00pm - 4:00pm: Specialtiy Group Time

More details to come!

3:00pm - 4:00pm: ID Card Distribution and Classroom Tours

Students who have not yet received their ID cards will have the opportunity to pick those up from Campus Safety. Within PAL groups, students will go around campus to locate any classrooms they may have this semester.

4:00pm - 5:30pm: BBQ Tailgate in Good Shepherd Parking Lot

Before the introduction of The Hunt, students are invited to join us in the parking lot of Good Shepherd Chapel for some foods, beverages, music, anf fun! You don’t want to miss it!!

5:30pm - 6:00pm: Pep Rally and Hunt Introduction

You will NOT want to miss this. Learn about our school-wide spirit initiative and competition: The Hunt for the Golden Eagle. You will learn how to win points for your team all-year long, and also how to win fabulous CUI swag!

6:00pm - 8:00pm: Throwdown

Join your orientation group in a series of competitions against other PAL teams! The winning team will get prizes.

8:00pm - 11:00pm: Late Night Programming

More details to come!

Sunday, August 21st

10:30 am - 11:30 am: Brunch

All new students are able to pick up breakfast using their wristbands during this time.

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Explore Irvine Shuttle Rides (Reservations Required)

Trips to the Irvine Spectrum: Enjoy a trip to our local outdoor mall. The Spectrum meets all your needs, from clothing shops, grabbing a bite to eat with friends, or Target for last-minute dorm purchases. Shuttles will pick-up by Grimm Hall in the main parking lot (See PALs for reservations).

Corona Del Mar Beach: Catch the shuttle to enjoy some sunshine and take a swim in Southern California waters (See PALs for reservations).

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Open Gym

CU Active Intramurals will be set up at the Gym, Tennis Courts, and Uppers Lawn for Open Rec from 12-4pm. Come get a game in, meet new people, and enjoy all that CU Active has to offer.

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Paint Party (Reservations Required)

Whether you are interested in making some wall art for your room or looking to relax with some painting, this is the event for you. Come to a guided painting session and refreshments. All supplies will be provided for you (See PALs for reservations).

4:00 pm- 6:30 pm: Dinner & Dessert with the President (Open House)

Meet with your PAL team for dinner and attend an ice cream social at President Thomas’ home. During this time, your PAL will also show you where to find your classrooms so you are prepared for your first day of school!

6:30 pm- 7:30 pm: CU Source Kickoff

CU Center
As John 1:1-4 shows us, Christ is the source of everything we know. Creation, life,everlasting life; it all begins and ends in Him. With our understanding of thattruth comes the passion to celebrate Christ as the center and purpose of ourworship. He is the source. Our Sunday evening service includes HolyCommunion every week, utilizes a small acoustic ensemble, and shares the life-changing message of Jesus. Starting August, 29th, Source will be held in GoodShepherd Chapel.

New Student Orientation

Week of Welcome (WOW) is for all incoming students - First-Year freshman, transfer students, visiting students, and readmitted students.


Registration & Fees

All new students will be assessed a $165 New Student Orientation fee on their student account whether or not they choose to participate. WOW is mandatory as the schedule is designed specifically to help you transition positively to Concordia.


Preparing for Orientation

We want to be sure you have everything you need as you prepare for the Fall semester. If you have questions at any step along the way, please don’t hesitate to contact the Office of First-Year Experience Programs & Initiatives at (949) 214-3059 or email [email protected]

  • Complete each step found in Concordia’s Checklist for Admitted Students.
  • Check MyRecords weekly for any HOLDs placed by the Bursar Office, Office of Financial Aid, or Wellness Center for any outstanding paperwork you have yet to submit.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct.
  • Purchase your books needed for each class by viewing your class schedule in MyRecords and selecting "Buy Textbooks."
  • Visit Campus Safety online to apply for your student ID card and parking permit.

Special Hotel Rates

CUI is pleased to offer special rates in partnership with two local hotels: Hilton Garden Inn and Sonesta. Both hotels are close to Concordia and offer competitive rates and comfortable spaces.

Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn Irvine
2381 Morse Ave
Irvine, CA 92614
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Sonesta Hotel

Sonesta Hotel
17941 Von Karman
Irvine, CA 92614
*Use promo code CONC for special rates
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Continue to check your Eagles Email as this will be the way the University will send you important information.

Helpful Resources

Contact Us

Concordia University Irvine
First-Year Experience

Phone: (949) 214-3065
Email: [email protected]

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