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 2020 will be from Friday, August 21st – Sunday, August 23rd

Welcome Days 2020 & COVID-19

We are so excited to start the new school year with one of our longest standing traditions, Welcome Days! In light of our changing climate in regards to COVID-19, we are making preparations to continue Welcome Days on campus with physical distancing and other preventive methods and considerations. We will keep in line with our Husky Strong Task Force goals of: Defense, Disinfect, and Density. See below some of the ways we are preparing:

  • Defense
    • All participating in Welcome Days MUST wear a mask at all times (except for eating).  Masks are to be worn properly (covering the nose and mouth completely)
    • All participants will be asked to fill out a COVID-19 questionnaire before participating as a screening method
    • Asking all that participate to practice frequent handwashing and/or utilizing our sanitizing stations where handwashing is not available
    • Adhere to all distancing guidelines we will have in place for each event
  • Disinfect
    • HBU partners with Aramark Custodial Services and they will be handling frequent cleaning throughout our entire Welcome Days, paying close attention to our frequently used spaces.
    • Our staff will help with distributing materials for Welcome Days, being sure to sanitize work spaces and limiting any need for shared items
  • Density
    • We HIGHLY ENCOURAGE all new Huskies (Freshman & Transfer) to participate in Welcome Days, but we understand that may not be an option for all.  We will be live streaming our main sessions during Welcome Days for virtual participation!
    • While we love for our entire Husky Family (new and returning students, faculty, staff) and extended family (parents, siblings, friends) to be a part of Welcome Days, we are wanting to be sure to decrease density by only allowing the new Husky and no more than 2 guests to attend and participate in certain parts of the Welcome Days experience. Up to 2 guests are able to attend and participate in the following days and times:
      • Friday, August 21st: Check-In until 5:30 pm (By 5:30 pm we are asking all guests to leave to allow the new Husky to begin their HBU journey)
      • Sunday, August 23rd: Up to 2 guests are invited to join us for our closing Sunday Worship Session.
      • All guests must adhere to our distancing guidelines and must wear a mask at all times
    • We are making plans to keep our Welcome Days Packs smaller in order to help with distancing
    • All events during Welcome Days will be distanced

Welcome Days 2020

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Welcome Days Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • When is Welcome Days 2020?

    Welcome Days will be from Friday, August 21st until Sunday, August 23rd. There will be more information closer to August about specific times for Residential and Commuter Students about Welcome Days.

  • Does it cost anything to attend Welcome Days?

    Welcome Days and all activities associated with Welcome Days is 100% free!

  • Who all comes to Welcome Days?

    Welcome Days is designed for all new incoming students to Houston Baptist University (freshman or transfer)!

  • Where do students stay overnight for Welcome Days?

    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!

  • What should I wear to Welcome Days?

    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.

  • What are "packs"?

    Packs are the groups that you will be placed in so you can get to know some of your fellow Huskies. 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!

  • Can my family come to Welcome Days?

    While we love for our entire Husky Family (new and returning students, faculty, staff) and extended family (parents, siblings, friends) to be a part of Welcome Days, we are wanting to be sure to decrease density by only allowing the new Husky and no more than 2 guests to attend and participate in certain parts of the Welcome Days experience. Up to 2 guests are able to attend and participate in the following days and times:

    • Friday, August 21st: Check-In until 5:30 pm (By 5:30 pm we are asking all guests to leave to allow the new Husky to begin their HBU journey)
    • Sunday, August 23rd: Up to 2 guests are invited to join us for our closing Sunday Worship Session.
    • All guests must adhere to our distancing guidelines and must wear a mask at all times
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