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Ram Welcome: Experience CSU Aug. 19-22

August 17, 2010

Beginning Thursday, Aug. 19, the Colorado State campus and 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.

Ram Welcome brings the campus community together to foster Ram Pride and increase student engagement, retention, and graduation rates. Building upon the Preview and Next Step orientation experiences, 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 provides opportunities to build institutional pride and respect. This is achieved through the many traditions that have become the core of Ram Welcome programming - the University Welcome and Carnival, the Hike to the “A,”, and the CSU photo - as well as new events like the New Student and Family Picnic with the CSU Alumni Association.

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 others 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 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 offers current 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 Reception and interest sessions on transition, safety issues, and student health give parents and families the knowledge and confidence they need to support their students in a successful first year.

For a complete schedule of Ram Welcome events, visit

For questions regarding Ram Welcome, contact Orientation & Transition Programs at (970) 491-6011 or

Contact: Rachel Gaisford
Phone: (970) 491-4898