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The 2024 Welcome Week schedule is still being confirmed, a draft schedule can be found below.  Please continue to check back throughout the summer for updates and additional details.


Welcome to Ramapo College! We are so glad that you have chosen Ramapo and are excited to welcome you to our Roadrunner community. Welcome Week is a week of activities to help you transition to Ramapo College, participate in our storied traditions and get to meet other students.

Events designated with “Arch Event” are considered the mandatory events for new students.

To prepare for Welcome Week be sure to review the schedule below and download the Ramapo College Archway App from the Apple store or Google Play to be able to check in for the events as they occur. There is no need to register for Welcome Week events in advance in Archway.

Questions? Email mgregory@ramapo.edu

Welcome Week Schedule 2024

Events have been created with new first year students and transfer students in mind to help in your transition to life of campus this fall semester!

Sunday, September 1st

Sunday, September 1st

Shuttle Service Information

Residential New Student Move-In
Time: Assigned by Residence Life
Location: Bradley Center Arena
Financial Aid and Student Accounts will be available for assistance at move-in if needed.

Dunkin’
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Adler Center, 1st Floor

Bookstore Hours: 10:00am-4:30pm

Taking Care of Business: 12:00pm-4:30pm 
Location: Offices Across Campus
The offices listed below are open today to help you answer any questions you may have.

Welcome Barbecue and Carnival
Time: 12:00pm-4:30pm
Location: Bandshell Lawn
New students and their families are invited to join the fun with our Welcome Barbecue and Carnival! The Carnival includes fun for all ages including inflatables, games and a free barbecue! If your check-in time is mid to late afternoon and you want to enjoy the barbeque and carnival first, please park across the street near the tennis courts and walk to the Bandshell Lawn to enjoy the fun!

Commuter Student Check-In 
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm
Location: Alumni Lounges, SC 157 & 158
All new commuter students should come to campus to check-in and receive their student ID.

Commuters in Action
Time: 4:00pm-4:45pm
Location: Friends Hall, SC 219
This interactive workshop for commuter students will address their specific needs and questions.

Panel for Families
Time: 4:00pm-4:45pm
Location: Sharp Theater, Berrie Center
Families will hear from and can ask questions other Ramapo College parents and staff so they can help you make a successful transition.

Annual New Student Assembly “Arch Event”
Time: 5:15pm-6:00pm
Location: Bradley Center Arena
Students and families will receive an official welcome to Ramapo, including remarks from Dr. Cindy R. Jebb, President of Ramapo College; Dr. Christopher Romano, Vice President for Strategic Enrollment, Outreach and Engagement, Joseph Connell, Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Shannon DeCicco, Student Government Association President.  The Alma Mater is being sung by Lindsey Ruggiero ’24.

Alma Mater Lyrics

Annual Arching Ceremony “Arch Event”
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Location: Arch
Students and families join us for this Ramapo College tradition where all new students proceed through the Arch and are greeted by President Jebb. On the eve of Commencement, students will process through the Arch and down Mansion Road, cheered on by family, faculty and staff to signify the completion of your undergraduate experience.

This event happens rain or shine please be prepared.  Guests are allowed to view the ceremony by lining the sides of Mansion Road.  Please note during the ceremony no guests are permitted in the courtyard by the arch. 

Commuters Meet: 7:00pm 
Location: Near the Arch
Commuter students gather before moving as a group to dinner, and then later to Commuter Connection and Lets Meet S’more Friends.

Dinner 
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn
Grab dinner before your required meetings and social programs this evening.

Commuter Connection
Time: 8:45pm-10:00pm
Location: Friends Hall, SC 219
An opportunity for commuter students to meet other commuter students before Let’s Meet S’more Friends!

Residence Life Floor Meetings
Time: 8:45pm-10:00pm
Location: Your Residence Hall
Meet with your Resident Assistant and learn the ins and outs of campus living.

Let’s Meet S’more Friends! 
Time: 10:00pm
Location: Trustees Pavilion Courtyard/Volleyball Court
Come hang outside and meet other new residential students and enjoy s’mores and music provided by WRPR the College radio station!

Monday, September 2nd

Monday, September 2nd

Shuttle Service Information

Dunkin’ Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm
Dining Locations and Hours

Sharp Fitness Center Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm

Bookstore Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm

Meet Your Peer Facilitator and Get to Know your FYS Classmates (All First-Year Students) “Arch Event”
Time: 9:15am-11:15am
Location: Various classrooms on campus (Meeting Locations TBD)
Meet your Peer Facilitators and First Year Seminar classmates and get to know them.  Work together with these new classmates as you complete a series of activities to develop your leadership skills.

What’s My Role on Campus – Part 1 “Arch Event”
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Location: Group assignments were announced this morning by your peer facilitator or click here (TBD)
Please note: Transfer students join Group A.

  • GROUP A – Trustees Pavilion: Welcome to Wellness: This workshop will introduce first-year students to the College’s wellness initiatives. Students will learn about the wellness wheel and be invited to think more deeply about their current wellness strategies and what new strategies they would like to implement in their first year at Ramapo. Students will learn about mental health and medical services the College offers. An introduction to Togetherall for free, anonymous peer support online and the Wellness Room will be provided. Using a harm reduction framework students will learn to make informed decisions about alcohol and cannabis. The goal of this workshop is for students to learn how to prioritize their well-being.
  • GROUP B – Sharp Theater, Berrie Center: SCREAM Theater: “Students Challenging Realities and Educating Against Myths” This peer education group uses improvisational theater to educate about issues of sexual and relationship violence, stalking and harassment with a focus on bystander intervention and the understanding that the crime of sexual violence is a community issues.  SCREAM is designed to model positive bystander intervention and primary prevention.
  • GROUP C – Friends Hall, SC 219: TBD

Lunch 
Time: 12:30pm-1:45pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn

What’s My Role on Campus – Part II “Arch Event”
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Group assignments were announced this morning by your peer facilitator or click here (TBD)
Please note: Transfer students join Group A.

  • GROUP A – Friends Hall, SC 219: TBD
  • GROUP B – Trustees Pavilion: Welcome to Wellness: This workshop will introduce first-year students to the College’s wellness initiatives. Students will learn about the wellness wheel and be invited to think more deeply about their current wellness strategies and what new strategies they would like to implement in their first year at Ramapo. Students will learn about mental health and medical services the College offers. An introduction to Togetherall for free, anonymous peer support online and the Wellness Room will be provided. Using a harm reduction framework students will learn to make informed decisions about alcohol and cannabis. The goal of this workshop is for students to learn how to prioritize their well-being.
  • GROUP C – Sharp Theater, Berrie Center, SCREAM Theater: “Students Challenging Realities and Educating Against Myths” This peer education group uses improvisational theater to educate about issues of sexual and relationship violence, stalking and harassment with a focus on bystander intervention and the understanding that the crime of sexual violence is a community issues.  SCREAM is designed to model positive bystander intervention and primary prevention.

What’s My Role on Campus – Part III “Arch Event”
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Group assignments were announced this morning by your peer facilitator or click here (TBD)
Please note: Transfer students join Group A.

  • GROUP A – Sharp Theater, Berrie Center, SCREAM Theater: “Students Challenging Realities and Educating Against Myths” This peer education group uses improvisational theater to educate about issues of sexual and relationship violence, stalking and harassment with a focus on bystander intervention and the understanding that the crime of sexual violence is a community issues.  SCREAM is designed to model positive bystander intervention and primary prevention.
  • GROUP B – Friends Hall, SC 219: TBD
  • GROUP C – Trustees Pavilion: Welcome to Wellness: This workshop will introduce first-year students to the College’s wellness initiatives. Students will learn about the wellness wheel and be invited to think more deeply about their current wellness strategies and what new strategies they would like to implement in their first year at Ramapo. Students will learn about mental health and medical services the College offers. An introduction to Togetherall for free, anonymous peer support online and the Wellness Room will be provided. Using a harm reduction framework students will learn to make informed decisions about alcohol and cannabis. The goal of this workshop is for students to learn how to prioritize their well-being.

Side-By-Side Burn Demonstration and Snack Break!
Time: 4:30pm-5:15pm
Location: Cherry Lane (Outside of the Bradley Center)
Meet up with your new friends and classmates for a treat and watch a Side-By-Side Burn Demonstration! In the demonstration there are two “rooms”— both furnished as a typical dorm room. The difference is that one of the rooms has a smoke alarm, while the other has a smoke alarm and a single sprinkler head. See what can happen before a fire department typically arrives on scene.

Choose Your Own Adventure 
Time: 5:30pm-6:00pm and 6:10pm-6:40pm
Location: See Chart Below or click here (TBD)
During this session you have your choice of what to attend. Take this time to discover more opportunities that will help shape your college experience!

 

Padovano Commons
Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm
Location: Padovano Commons
Looking for a low key place to hang out and meet friends? Check out the Padovano Commons, located between the Scott Student Center and Kameron Pond.

J. Lee’s
Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm
Location: J. Lee’s, SC 2nd Floor
Meet new people and play pool, ping pong, video games or catch a baseball game or two on one of our TVs!  Free popcorn always available.

Dinner 
Time: 6:45pm-8:00pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn

Commuters Meet
Time: 8:00pm
Location: J. Lee’s, SC 2nd Floor
Meet commuter staff and student mentors before heading down to Maroon Madness as a group.

Residents Meet
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Your Residence Hall
Meet your RA where you attended your floor meeting last night before heading down to Maroon Madness as a group.

Maroon Madness “Arch Event”
Time: 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Location: Bradley Center Arena
Show your school spirit at this annual event and receive your first official Ramapo t-shirt.  You will be able to take photos in our photo booth, play various games and explore the Bradley Center!  Late night dining will also be available.

Tuesday, September 3rd

Tuesday, September 3rd

Shuttle Service Information

Dunkin’ Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm
Dining Locations and Hours

Sharp Fitness Center Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm

Bookstore Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm

What’s My Role on Campus – Part IV “Arch Event”
Time: 9:30am-11:10am
Location: Group assignments are the same as yesterday or click here (TBD)
Please note: Transfer students join Group A.

  • Group A: Trustees Pavilion
    • 9:30am-10:00am – Academic Rights and Responsibilities
    • 10:05am-10:35am – Campus Safety
    • 10:40am-11:10am – Ignite Your Success
  • Group B: Sharp Theater, Berrie Center
    • 9:30am-10:00am – Ignite Your Success
    • 10:05am-10:35am – Academic Rights and Responsibilities
    • 10:40am-11:10am – Campus Safety
  • Group C: Friends Hall, SC 219
    • 9:30am-10:00am – Campus Safety
    • 10:05am-10:35am – Ignite Your Success
    • 10:40am-11:10am – Academic Rights and Responsibilities

Lunch 
Time: 11:15am-12:15pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn
Grab lunch before heading to Convocation.

Meet Your FYS Class for Convocation (All First-Year Students)
Time: 12:30pm
Location: Classroom assignments are the same as yesterday or click here (TBD)
Meet up with your Peer Facilitator and FYS classmates before heading to convocation.

Opening Convocation (All First-Year Students) “Arch Event”
Time: 1:30pm-2:45pm
Location: Bradley Center Arena
This College-wide event welcomes the beginning of the new academic year. The program highlights the summer reading selection and provides an experiential learning opportunity for all students.

This year’s event will feature guest speaker TBD, author of TBD, the 2024 First-Year Seminar summer reading selection.

Copies of the book are available for purchase in the Campus Bookstore.

Book Signing (All First-Year Students)
Time: 2:45pm
Location: Bill Bradley Center Lobby
Guest speaker TBD will be available to sign copies of TBD. Please bring your copy of the book.

Meet your FYS Professor (All First-Year Students)
Time: 3:15pm-4:00pm
Location: Classroom assignments are the same as yesterday or click here (TBD)
Meet your First Year Seminar professor and discuss Convocation and the Summer Reading book.

School Receptions “Arch Event”
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: See listing below
Meet the Dean and faculty members from your School during this reception.

  • Anisfield School of Business – Trustees Pavilion
  • Contemporary Arts – Berrie Center Lobby
  • Humanities and Global Studies – Alumni Lounges, SC 156-158
  • Social Science and Human Services – Friends Hall, SC 219
  • Theoretical and Applied Science – Bradley Center Spectator Lobby
  • Undeclared – Alumni Lounges, SC 156-158

Dinner (All Students)
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn

Roadrunner Night Out (All Students)
Time: 5:00pm-12:00am Midnight
For the rest of the night, kick back and relax with friends and explore all of the opportunities below:

Padovano Commons
Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Padovano Commons
Looking for a low key place to hang out and meet friends? Check out the Padovano Commons, located between the Scott Student Center and Kameron Pond.

J.Lees
Time: 5:00pm-12:00am Midnight
Meet new people and play pool, ping pong, videos games or catch a game or two on one of our TVs!  Free popcorn always available!

Potter Play
Time: 7:00pm-8:45pm
Location: Peter P. Mercer Learning Commons
Come have fun with the Potter Library in the Peter P. Mercer Learning Commons!  Relax with friends by playing games, exploring our space and entering our raffle for a chance to win prizes. Don’t miss out!

Movie: TBD
Time: 7:00pm
Location: H 129 Auditorium
TBD

Block Party
Time: 8:00pm – 12:00am Midnight
Location: Laurel Courts and Lawn
All of campus is invited to the Block Party!  Come and enjoy live music by Modern Ties, free food (wings, mozzarella sticks & more!), axe throwing, surfing simulator and so much more!

Open Mic Night
Time: 9:00pm-12:00am Midnight
Location: Padovano Commons
Come show your talent as a Ramapo Roadrunner by attending our first Open Mic Night with the College Programming Board (CPB) and Music Club. Students are welcomed to  showcase their talent with music, spoken word poetry, and more! Sponsored by the Campus Programming Board (CPB)

Optional Late Night Dining
Time: 9:00pm-11:00pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn

Wednesday, September 4th

Wednesday, September 4th

First Day of Classes! Good Luck!

Shuttle Service Information

Dunkin’ Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm
Dining Locations and Hours

Sharp Fitness Center Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm

Bookstore Hours: 9:00am-6:00pm

Student Involvement Fair and Global Opportunities Fair “Arch Event”
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Grove
The Student Involvement Fair is designed to give new students the opportutnity to learn more about Ramapo’s clubs and organizations.  More than 100 clubs and organizations, nearly 30 fraternities and sororities, and campus partners from community and civic engagement will be present.  Rain date: Thursday, August 31st, 1pm

The Global Opportunities Fair will link you with the international options available to you as a Ramapo College student.  Not only do you have access to study abroad but to many other resources; internationally themed course work/majors/minors, volunteer abroad, service-learning abroad, intern abroad, international clubs on-campus, internationally focused events on-campus throughout the year and so much more! Rain Location: Friends Hall, SC 219

Optional Late Night Dining: 9:00pm-11:00pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn

Thursday, September 5th

Thursday, September 5th

Shuttle Service Information

Dunkin’ Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm
Dining Locations and Hours

Sharp Fitness Center Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm

Bookstore Hours: 9:00am-6:00pm

Student Government Association (SGA) Open House
Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Location: SGA Office (SC 225)
Interested in joining SGA? Looking for campus resources? Or do you just want a free snack? Join the Student Government Association (SGA) for an Open House with free candy! Visit the SGA Office (to the right of the Bookstore), learn how to apply for the upcoming election or just stop by for a quick chat! Any questions? Email sga@ramapo.edu.

CPB Event TBD
Time: 9:00pm
Location: TBD
TBD Sponsored by College Programming Board (CPB)

Optional Late Night Dining
Time: 9:00pm-11:00pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn

Friday, September 6th

Friday, September 6th

Shuttle Service Information

Dunkin’ Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm
Dining Locations and Hours

Sharp Fitness Center Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm

Bookstore Hours: 9:00am-4:30pm

Student Government Association (SGA) Open House
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
Location: SGA Office (SC 225)
Interested in joining SGA? Looking for campus resources? Or do you just want a free snack? Join the Student Government Association (SGA) for an Open House with free candy! Visit the SGA Office (to the right of the Bookstore), learn how to apply for the upcoming election or just stop by for a quick chat! Any questions? Email sga@ramapo.edu.

CPB Event TBD
Time: 9:30pm-11:30pm
Location: Laurel Courts
TBD Sponsored by College Programming Board (CPB)

Optional Late Night Dining: 9:00pm-11:00pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn

Saturday, September 7th

Saturday, September 7th

Shuttle Service Information

Dining Locations and Hours

Bookstore Hours: 10:00am-2:00pm

Sharp Fitness Center Hours: 10:30am-4:30pm

CPB Event TBD
Time: 9:00pm-11:00pm
Location: Friends Hall, SC 219 

TBD Sponsored by College Programming Board (CPB)

Optional Late Night Dining
Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn

Future Fall 2024 Events

Octoberfest
October 2024 TBD

Family Day
Saturday, October 2024 TBD
Visit https://www.ramapo.edu/parents/family-day/ for more information!

Founders Day
TBD

Be sure to continue checking the Archway app and your Ramapo email for updates on additional events throughout the fall semester!