Welcome Week 2020: Thursday, August 20, through Sunday, August 23

For Welcome Week 2019, we played upon a popular theme. "Making F•R•I•E•N•D•S, Shaping Futures" was our four-day focus. Things certainly have changed in a year’s time. “So no one told you life was gonna be this way,” has become a theme for all of us. F•R•I•E•N•D•S '20 meets life where it’s at in these unusual times. 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. And, we’ll be there for you.

Thursday, August 20

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 21

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 22

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 23

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.

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.