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Ram Welcome: Experience CSU Aug. 20-23

August 17, 2009

Beginning Thursday, Aug. 20, campus and the Fort Collins community will be immersed in Ram Welcome: Experience CSU, a tradition that will greet more than 5,000 new students as they arrive for the fall semester at Colorado State University.

Ram Welcome is an orientation and transition program that brings the campus community together to foster Ram Pride and increase student engagement, retention, and graduation rates.

Building upon the orientation experience, Ram Welcome assists students in their transition to Colorado State University by promoting academic success, personal development, and multicultural understanding through active engagement with the campus, Fort Collins and global communities.

Build a sense of community
As students are welcomed (or welcomed back) to campus, Ram Welcome seeks to provide opportunities to foster institutional pride and respect. This is achieved through the many traditions that have become the core of Ram Welcome programming:

  • Official CSU Welcome and Carnival
  • Hike to the “A”
  • Saturday Night @ Hughes Football Stadium
  • Ramapzalooza

Explore personal potential
During their first days on campus, students engage in academic and student development programs that enhance their ability to lead and to work with other of diverse backgrounds. This objective defines programs such as RamPlay, RamServe, and the CSU Challenge Course. The hope is that students who begin their school year engaged will continue to be involved in the campus community.

Create meaningful relationships
Ram Welcome offers students the opportunity to connect with students, faculty, staff and surrounding community members to encourage academic and personal success throughout their college experience. There are opportunities for connection at College Welcome, the Street Fair, and departmental open houses.

Navigate the campus
Learning to navigate the CSU campus is critical to academic success and students’ comfort as they begin the semester. Ram Roundup and Class Quest both offer students a chance to familiarize themselves with the buildings that will be relevant to their academic life at CSU. Free time also allows students to explore on their own or with new friends.

Enhance leadership development
Ram Welcome also offers currents students the opportunity to enhance their leadership development and commitment to the University. Ram Welcome Leaders are undergraduate students who are specially selected to mentor and guide new students through their introduction to campus. These students partner with Orientation Leaders and Resident Assistants to provide the most rewarding Ram Welcome experience for new students.

Connect parents and families
As parents and families begin to better understand their new role in supporting a college student, Ram Welcome provides opportunities for them to connect to the university and with each other. The Parent, Family, Partner/Spouse Reception and workshops on transition and safety issues give parents and families the knowledge and confidence they need to support their students in a safe and successful first year.

For a complete schedule of Ram Welcome events, visit www.ramwelcome.colostate.edu. Questions? Call Orientation and Transistion Programs at (970) 491-6011.

Orientation and Transition Programs is a part of the Center for Advising and Student Achievement at Colorado State University. The mission of Orientation and Transition Programs is to assist in the orientation and transition experience of transfer, first year, and second year students by providing comprehensive and intentional programming, services, and outreach to promote students’ academic and personal achievement through active engagement within our diverse campus community.


Contact: Orientation and Transition Programs
E-mail: orientation_emails@mail.colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-6011