Top 10 ASU Welcome Week Events — Tempe campus

ASU Welcome Week is full of awesome events that you’re going to want to check out! Here are just 10 of these exciting events that you definitely won’t want to miss.

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1. Sun Devil Welcome

Sun Devil Welcome is the biggest and possibly the best event of Welcome Week! All freshmen head to Tempe campus and Wells Fargo Arena on Aug. 14 to learn what it means to be a Sun Devil and experience ASU tradition and pride. This is an awesome chance to get a free t-shirt and hear directly from ASU President Michael Crow! There will be shuttles to Tempe from all campuses.

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2. Culture Fest
Following Sun Devil Welcome is Culture Fest, which is equally as fun. Celebrate ASU’s culture of inclusion with music, international food, activities, (t-shirts) and performances.

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3. Passport to ASU
Passport to ASU is the easiest way to explore all the ways to get involved around campus. All the ASU clubs get together on Aug. 15 around the Memorial Union, Sun Devil Fitness Complex and Student Pavilion to showcase what their clubs are about. You can get information from their booths and check out their meetings to see what clubs you might want to join!

Are you interested in finding a job while you’re at school? Be sure to check out the Tempe job fair as well.

4. Sparky’s Day of Service

Each year, Sun Devils demonstrate commitment to service through large-scale events and everyday service. Make service a part of your Sun Devil experience by volunteering along with more than 2,000 students during Sparky’s Day of Service! Opportunities are available at every campus; dates, times and locations vary.

5. Whitewash the ‘A’

Whitewashing the ‘A’ on ‘A’ Mountain — also known as Hayden Butte — is the wrap-up event of Welcome Week, and every freshman is invited! Painting the A only happens twice a year, and Aug. 18 will be one of those special occasions. It’s one of the longest-standing traditions at ASU, having signaled a fresh new start to the school year since the 1930s. There will be shuttles for this event as well!

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6. Takeover
Takeover is an insanely fun event Aug. 11 that happens at the center of Tempe campus: Students can explore the Memorial Union, Student Pavilion and other cool spots. There will be live music, crafts, food, inflatables and games!

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7. Rock the Rec

Explore the Sun Devil Fitness Complex on Aug. 12 with food, games and activities. Grab a snack at the gym juice bar, and end the night with a dive-in movie at the pool.

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8. Summerset Fest
Head over to the SDFC fields on Aug. 13 for a big welcome party with a DJ, zip lines, inflatable bouncy houses, food and more than 1,000 free t-shirts. ASU Welcome is the best week to get a TON of free t-shirts, so make sure to attend and load up on all the free Sun Devil gear!

9. Splashbash Pool Party

Who doesn’t love a pool party? The SDFC pulls out all the stops on Aug. 17 with food, pool games and a movie to enjoy — all while cooling off in the pool! This is another good event for meeting other freshmen and making friends.

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10. First-time freshman on-campus floor meetings

The first week of living in the dorms can be super hectic, so to make sure your living situation works out, be sure to attend your floor meetings on Aug. 11. These meetings are also a good way to meet new people (you literally live with them!) and to get to know your residence staff. Your RA/CA will be your go-to for many things, so be sure to attend these meetings!

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Also make sure to attend your college’s assembly. These are usually scheduled right before Sun Devil Welcome, and they are super important for learning about your college and meeting fellow students.

There are so many fun Welcome Week events, so go check out the full list for all the events you won’t want to miss and download the Devils on Campus App in the App Store or Google Play to customize your Welcome event plans in the palm of your hand!

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