Welcome Week 2021: Thursday, August 19 through Sunday, August 22

After the year that we all had, "Making F•R•I•E•N•D•S, Shaping Futures" may be more important than ever as students enter or re-enter college life. As we return to a sense of normal, the traditional college experience is expanding with new approaches and ideas that we all learned and adapted during the pandemic. Yet, certain things remain the same - building personal confidence, lifelong friendships and career opportunities. The success of that college experience is usually shaped within the first six weeks of school. Welcome Week is that concentrated dose of friendship building and campus activities needed to jump-start your college journey. We are excited you are here. We have devoted our summer to creating memorable moments in your first official days at Minnesota State Mankato. Know that, now and forever, you are a Maverick. You are part of our Maverick herd.

Thursday, August 19

Thursday, August 19

New Student and Family Programs

Get settled into your new home and start shaping Maverick Moments with first day's activity offering free bowling and billiards, a must-see movie classic, and night-time karaoke or kickball. Check out the full schedule.

Friday, August 20

Friday, August 20

New Student and Family Programs

Friday celebrates two Welcome Week traditions as students are invited to walk through the Alumni Arch and join this year's virtual version of the New Student Rally. It's just part of the second day of activities.

Saturday, August 21

Saturday, August 21

New Student and Family Programs

Another Welcome Week tradition and the biggest event of the weekend is Cosmic Bingo. This year's online version offers thousands of dollars in prizes. See what else is planned throughout the day.

Sunday, August 22

Sunday, August 22

New Student and Family Programs

Continue meeting fellow Mavericks as you navigate campus before classes begin. Bring your class schedule and take a guided Find Your Class tour. Choose-a-Palooza prize winners announced on Sunday evening.

SIGNATURE EVENT! New Student Rally

The New Student Rally and passing through The Arch are two traditions associated with Friday of Welcome Week that mark the arrival of new students into the Maverick Family.

SIGNATURE EVENT! Choose-A-Palooza

For years, Choose-A-Palooza has been a major Friday afternoon event during Welcome Week where students earn an opportunity for great prizes by visiting and learning about campus offices. It's like a big scavenger hunt. It's back this year, but in a slightly different format.

SIGNATURE EVENT! Galactic Bingo

The biggest annual event during Welcome Week is Galactic Bingo. Hundreds of students participate for thousands of dollars in prizes including a $500 apartment makeover.

SIGNATURE EVENT! Find Your Class Tours

An important part of the final day of Welcome Week is a series of Find Your Class tours. Just bring your class schedule and join a tour to learn where your classrooms are located.