Welcome Days is a three-day extended orientation program that takes place all around campus. Welcome Days is led by HBU students who are passionate about making the first year at HBU a success for the freshmen and transfers. Every Pack Leader has valuable personal experience, so they can offer advice about classes, fun things to do in Houston, and anything else you need as you begin your journey as a Husky!
Why Attend Welcome Days?
Welcome Days is an experience that incoming Huskies won’t want to miss. Welcome Days is for any incoming Freshman or Transfer Student to Houston Baptist University. The purpose of Welcome Days is to give students an opportunity to have fun, make friends, and learn more about life at HBU. We hope that through Welcome Days, students will begin finding their place in the Husky Family prior to classes even starting!
Welcome Days Tentative Schedule 2019
Friday, August 23rd: (HBU Parent and Family Members Welcome)
9:30: Move-In for Last Name A-L (McNair Hall)
10:30: Move-In for Last Name M-Z (McNair Hall)
2:30PM: Check-In for Welcome Days (McNair Hall)
3:30PM: Welcome Days Activities
5:00PM: Welcome Dinner Festival
6:30PM: Beanie Ceremony
8:00PM: Night Activities (HBU Students Only)
Saturday, August 24th: (HBU Students Only)
9:00AM: Opening Session
10AM: Welcome Days Activities
1:00PM: Welcome Days Activities
8:00PM: Night Activities
Sunday, August 25th:(HBU Parent and Family Members Welcome)
Welcome Days will be from Friday, August 23rd until Sunday, August 25th. The start times will be different for Residential vs. Commuter students so be sure to pay attention to below for your ‘start time’…
A. Residential Students: If you will be a residential student (living on campus) you will participate in move in at an assigned time between 9 am- 12 pm** and come back for Welcome Days Check In during the afternoon.
**More information to come about move-in times for on-campus living students in July
B. Commuter (Off-Campus) Students: All commuting students will come to Welcome Days check in at 2PM
Welcome Days is designed for all new incoming students to Houston Baptist University (freshman or transfer)!
Parent and Family Members – your parents and family members are welcome to join us on Friday, August 23rd and for the worship service on Saturday, August 25th but the night activities (starting at 9PM) as well as the activities on Saturday, August 24th will be for INCOMING HBU STUDENTS ONLY! Parents and Family Members – go check out all the Houston Area has to offer (museums, Hermann park, Houston Zoo, a play, Discovery Green, etc!)
Only the residential students will stay on campus (in their residential spaces). All commuter (off-campus) students will be able to go home each night and return the next morning for the Welcome Days fun!
Please dress casual (i.e. shorts, t-shirts, etc.) You will get a lot of free swag, so feel free to wear it throughout Welcome Days. Remember during Wild’N’Crazy games, you will want to wear something that you do not mind getting messy! Commuter students are highly encouraged to bring extra clothing for the Wild’N’Crazy games as showers and changing facilities will be provided post-event.
Packs are the groups that you will be placed in so you can get to know some of your fellow Huskies. Most packs are assigned according to your expressed major choice, also most packs are also your First-Year Seminar classmates. Each pack is lead by an upperclassmen student (Pack Leader) and they are there to help you have a great time and get you connected to HBU!
While Welcome Days is designed specifically for the new incoming student, HBU loves families! We encourage family members to join in on the activities throughout Day 1 and to come back for the Worship service on Sunday morning (August 25th). Day 2 of Welcome Days is for incoming Huskies only! For any questions, please email parent@HBU.edu