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Top 9 ASU Welcome Week Events for Fall 2021 — West campus

ASU Welcome Week 2021 is here and full of fun and excitement! At ASU West, there are many exciting events you just have to check out. Here are the top 9 you can’t miss!


1. A Golden Tradition

Paley Gates at ASU West campus.

A Golden Tradition is a long-standing tradition at ASU West that welcomes new students into the ASU West community. New students will walk through the Paley Gates, which symbolizes the beginning of their collegiate journey at West.

Students will hear from distinct faculty, staff, and students during this ceremonious event.

2. Solera Experience

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No matter what year you are, you definitely won’t want to miss the Solera Experience at West campus!

The Solera Experience at ASU West marks the start of a student’s engagement journey. We welcome all first-year students to join us for our three-day experience (Aug. 14–16) as we engage in group activities, get to know the stories of leadership and upper class students and compete against fellow first-year Sun Devils!

3. Sparky’s Day of Service

Want to get more involved on campus early? Every year, Changemaker Central introduces service to our new students during our Sparky’s Day of Service event.

Changemaker is all about creating social change through civic engagement, entrepreneurship, sustainability and of course, service! Join us on Aug. 15 to participate in a service project to benefit the community!

4. Find My Classes Tours

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Nervous about navigating a new campus? Have no fear!

Our ASU Gold Guides are here to take you around campus all throughout Welcome Week to show you where your classes are. Bring a copy of your schedule to find the buildings your classes will take place in.

You will also learn about other must-know spots around campus that you’ll learn to love throughout your time at ASU. You’ll be ready for classes in no time!

5. West Fest & Rock the Rec

West Fest & Rock the Rec have joined together!

West Fest is the opportunity for students to check out all of our student organizations on campus. Groups will be tabling and will have information about how you can get involved.

Formally known as RECIgnite, Rock the Rec is the West Campus’ Sun Devil Fitness Complex Open house and party.

Join us on August 19th for activities, meet new people, learn about the organizations on campus and have fun! It’s something you won’t want to miss!

Campus-Wide Events for ALL Sun Devils

6. Sun Devil Welcome

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Start time has changed:

Gates open: 6:30 p.m.
Sun Devil Welcome: 7:30 p.m.
InfernoFest: 8:30 p.m.

Sun Devil Welcome is one of ASU’s most popular, fun traditions for students. Taking place this year on Aug. 17, get ready to experience all of the school spirit and pride ASU has to offer!

Surrounded by your peers, join ASU President Michael Crow, Sparky, and ASU Athletics to celebrate the commencement of the school year. This is definitely something you can’t miss — plus, it’s the perfect time to rock your favorite Sun Devil gold merchandise! This event is open to first-year students only.

Bonus: InfernoFest!

Excited for Infernofest? Infernofest will begin after a brief break after Sun Devil Welcome, so you will be right where you need to be at 9:30pm when that event begins. The concert is free for ASU students with a valid Sun Card.

Go, Devils! ASU traditions every Sun Devil should know

7. Summerset Fest

Want to start the year off on a high note? Join your friends and the rest of the Sun Devil community for Summerset Fest on Aug. 16 for one of the most fun annual traditions at ASU!

This event is a wonderful way to get to know your fellow Sun Devils and have an amazing time enjoying music, attractions and get cool merchandise! It’s a night full of music, lights, and fun you’ll never forget.

8. Culture Kick-off

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Culture Fest is a series of experiences that explore identity, promote inclusion and celebrate cultural expression. Through food, music, fine arts and performances, this event aims to showcase the cultural fabric that enriches us and produces a Sun Devil community that values, appreciates and accepts others. Join your peers for a day of fun, food and community on Aug. 17!

Get to Know Your Home

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9. First-time incoming student on-campus floor meetings

Your first time living in a residence hall can be crazy! But meeting with your Community Assistant and everyone else on your floor will help you navigate what the next year will look like.

Join the fellow members of your residential community for your mandatory first floor meeting as you learn more about ASU Welcome, your residential community and ways to be successful while at ASU. This will take place on the day your floor moves into your residence hall. There will be floor meetings for both first-year students and upper-division students. See your CA, GLVA or Fellow for more details on the time and location of this meeting.

Get that swag: Download the Sun Devil Rewards app from the App Store or from Google Play and start earning Pitchforks to redeem for free ASU gear, tickets and VIP experiences.

Always remember to attend your college’s Fall Welcome events! These normally happen before the big Sun Devil Welcome, and they’re always fun and very important for meeting friends and learning about your college and major.

To learn more about all the other events you can attend (and trust us, there’s a lot), go check out the full list for all the events you won’t want to miss and remember to download the ASU Mobile App in the App Store or Google Play to customize your #ASUWelcome event plans in the palm of your hand!

Welcome to your first year, Sun Devil!



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