Gator Weekend of Welcome (WOW)

Weekend of Welcome schedule for the Class of 2028!

The 2024 Gator Weekend of Welcome is an event at Allegheny College that combines academic and social programming to help new and returning students kick off the new academic year.  We will continue to add events as they are finalized.

Friday, August 23rd

Time Event
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

New Student Move-In

Campus Center

Arrive at the Campus Center at your scheduled move-in time and pick-up everything you need for the next week including your key, ID, and orientation information

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Family and Supporter Tent

Campus Center

Stop by to grab a free drink and snack and meet representatives from the Meadville Independent ​Business Alliance.

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

PNC Bank Representatives

Campus Center

For your convenience, PNC Bank will be on campus during move-in to help you open your student checking account. PNC Bank’s Student Virtual Wallet checking account has many great features, including no minimum balance and no monthly fee for six years. PNC’s branch is located right down the street from campus. To open an account, a student will need two forms of ID and their social security number.

12:00 pm

How, What, and Why of Student Employment

Sessions at 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Shafer Auditorium

If you want to work on campus, attend one of these sessions to submit your employment forms (I-9, W-4, etc.). Bring with you the federally required identification (i.e. original driver’s license, social security card, birth certificate, passport – copies cannot be accepted).

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Welcome Lunch for New Students of Color and First Generation Students

Tillotson Room, Tippie Alumni Center

The welcome lunch provides students (and families) with an opportunity to hear from Allegheny community members that may share similar experiences such as going away to college, adjusting to a new town, or tips for culture shock. Establishing relationships is an essential part of adjusting to a new environment and we look to do just that amongst our communities of color and first generation students at Allegheny College. If you wish to attend the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) requests that you RSVP here (form link will be updated in mid-summer.  

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Commuter Check-In

Campus Center

Commuters will check in the Campus Center, get a campus tour, and see the Commuter Lounge, their own space on campus.

3:00 pm

How, What, and Why of Student Employment

Sessions at 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Shafer Auditorium

If you want to work on campus, attend one of these sessions to submit your employment forms (I-9, W-4, etc.). Bring with you the federally required identification (i.e. original driver’s license, social security card, birth certificate, passport – copies cannot be accepted).

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Transfer Student Welcome Meeting

Campus Center, 301/302

Meet your fellow Allegheny transfer students, get some swag, and check in with Amy Stearns, Director of Transfer Advising, to ensure you understand how your transfer credits will apply toward your Allegheny degree, finalize your fall course schedule, and troubleshoot any other transfer-related questions or issues.  

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Family Picnic

Gator Quad / Rain Location - Campus Center
7:00 pm

Class Photo

Shafer Auditorium

Join the entire class of 2028 for your first big introduction to each other and to take your class photo. 

7:15 pm

Ice Breakers with the OLs & Campus Tour

Shafer Auditorium start
9:00 pm

Residence Hall Floor Meetings and Meet your Community

Your Residence Hall (your RA will provide you with more details)

Meet up with your RA and your neighbors to learn more about the residence halls. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet your community and get to know the people that live around you. You play a part in shaping the culture of your community.

Saturday, August 24th

Time Event
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Upper Class Move-In

Campus Center

Upper Class Students will move in to Campus on Saturday

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Transfer Student Lunch

Pelletier Library Collaboratory

Come enjoy lunch and get to know staff from the Career Center and all the ways they can support you as a new transfer student.

3:00 pm

Introduction to Dr. William C. Jason Diversity Lounge

Brooks Hall

Enjoy a brief walkthrough of the Dr. William C. Jason Diversity Lounge. Named after the first African American graduate of Allegheny College in 1888.  This is a safe space for the community of all Gators for meetings, relaxation and studying.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Gator OuterStater Social

Campus Center 301/302

Are you from out of state? Come meet other fellow students that are from out of State, learn about the special things about Meadville and everything you need to know.  

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

LGBTQIA+ Mixer with IDEAS Center

Campus Center 301/302

Join the IDEAS Center as the team creates a comfortable environment for upper class and first year students to mingle, build some campus connections, and get to know the Center and various campus resources.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Gator Night in the Campus Center & Gator Quad

Campus Center and Gator Quad

Come to the Campus Center and enjoy a variety of activities and meet new people!  Spike Ball, Cornhole, crafts, Game Room, and more!

8:00 pm

Free Money Game Show

Campus Center, Shafer Auditorium

Join in with your fellow Gators for a chance to win some Free Money! Come ready to play an interactive Game Show and have some fun, it is as simple as that!

9:00 pm

Late Night Breakfast

Brooks Circle

Come participate in one of our traditions throughout the years. 

Sunday, August 25th

Time Event
10:00 am

Hillel Bagel Brunch

Jewish Community Center (intersection of Park Avenue and Allegheny Street)

Allegheny Hillel and the Fellow of Jewish Life invite new and returning students to meet Jewish students, faculty, and staff and have time to gather and learn about opportunities.

10:00 am

Christian Meet & Greet (and Eat!)

Pelletier Library Patio

A chance for new and returning students to meet each other, and hear more about Christian ministry on campus. Food included!

10:00 am

Muslim Meet and Greet

PAM House (Prayer & Meditation House)

Islamic Cultural Association and the Fellow of Muslim Life invites new and returning students to gather, learn about opportunities, and meet Muslim students, faculty, and staff.

11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Various Locations
1:00 pm

Building an Inclusive Community

Wise Center, Blue Courts

Join your fellow first-year students for an interactive activity that introduces you to identities that help shape who you are and provide an opportunity to discuss identities with your peers in a comfortable environment

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Woodcock Lake Park Trip

Woodcock Lake Park-Buses will leave outside of Wise Center on Highland Avenue

If you want to get off campus for a bit, take a bus to Woodcock Lake Park to experience  walking across the 1 mile long dam, hiking at Bossard Nature Trail across the street, and disc golf course.  Buses leave at 2pm from outside of the Wise Center on Highland Avenue and will return at 4pm. Woodcock Lake is just 10 minutes away. Bring water shoes if you plan to explore the creek at Bossard Nature Area.  Register here.

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Camp Allegheny

Gator Quad (Rain Location: Campus Center Lobby)

Come experience the last days of summer with camp-themed fun.  You can choose your favorite camp activity or try something brand new.  Activities will include arts and crafts, lawn games, camp-themed foods, and even a chance to decorate your class’ plank.

6:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Catholic Mass

Ford Memorial Chapel

Catholic Campus Minister Fr. Jeff Lucas celebrates Mass for students, staff, and Meadville residents.

7:15 pm - 8:45 pm

Newman Catholic Campus Ministry Welcome Picnic and Rosary

Ford Memorial Chapel Lawn

Mass attendees are invited to gather for a picnic dinner after which the Rosary will be prayed.

8:30 pm

Stock Your Room Bingo: Presented by GAP (Gator Activities Programming)

Campus Center Lobby

Everyone loves bingo! GAP will be hosting their annual Stock Your Room Bingo with opportunities for everyone to try and walk away with amazing prizes for your room. You don’t want to miss the chance to win BIG!

Monday, August 26th

Time Event
9:30 am

Meeting with your Orientation Leader

Senior Circle (Rain Location: 2nd Floor of Campus Center)

Meet your orientation leader and catch up on the weekend and get ready for your academic orientation to Allegheny.

10:00 am

Matriculation and Convocation

Bicentennial Plaza (Rain Location: Shafer Auditorium)

The formal “beginning” of your Allegheny journey.  You will process through campus and be welcomed by the entire Allegheny Community!  Think of Matriculation and Commencement being the bookends to your Allegheny experience.

11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Meet your Advisor

Various Locations

Your first group meeting with your advisor to get prepared for the semester.
Your classroom to begin , then to lunch  

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Campus Picnic

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Celebration of Summer Research and Scholarship

Campus Center Lobby
Come join students, faculty, staff and community partners to learn about the research, scholarship and experiences that have been done throughout this summer and about how to pursue similar opportunities during your time at Allegheny.
3:00 pm

Wellness Walkabouts

4:00 pm

Sundaes on Monday

Lawrence Lee Pelletier Library

Get a preview of all the resources the library has to offer you over your next four years.  Learn a little bit about all these areas and be rewarded with ice cream and a chance to win a prize.

7:00 pm

Hangout in Residence Hall with RAs

Your Residence Hall

Keep your eye out for information from your RA about an activity! RAs will be planning an event just for you with snacks provided. This is a great chance to build a strong relationship with both your RA and your neighbors.

Week of Welcome Campus Hours & Services

Campus Center

  • Sunday – Thursday: Doors open from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday – Thursday: Card access available from 6:00 pm – midnight.
  • Friday – Saturday: Card access from 6:00 am – 1:00 am

Wise Sport & Fitness Center

Monday, August, 21st – Monday, August 28th from 7:00am – 7:00pm

Starting August 29th

  • Monday-Thursday 6:00am – 10:30pm
  • Friday 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sunday 10:00am – 11:00pm

Merriman Campus Store

Hours are subject to change depending on staffing availability.

  • Monday, August 25th through Friday, August 30th:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Closed Saturday, August 31st, and Sunday, September 1st
  • Monday, September 2nd:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm daily

Pelletier Library

Pelletier Library will be open from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

After the Weekend of Welcome, please check here for library hours:

Wifi Support & ITS

  • Students who need support connecting their devices can visit the IT help desk website.
  • For non Wi-Fi related requests, please submit a ticket with Allegheny ITS at
  • Phone: 814-332-2755
  • Walk-in hours: 11 to 5 weekdays at Murray Hall

Parking Passes

Please complete the parking pass registration form on your Self-Service. Parking passes are available for pickup in Murray Hall at the Public Safety desk 24/7. You can find screenshots on how to fill out your Vehicle Registration here.


Brooks Dining Hall

Brooks is our all-you-care-to-eat dining hall on campus. Featuring a unique mix of stations to please everyone, including our True Balance allergen-friendly station. Brooks uses your meal swipes, one swipe per entry. Brooks is open for Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Monday – Friday 7:30am-2:00pm, 5:00-8:30pm
  • Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-2:00pm, 5:00-8:30pm

McKinley’s Food Court (inside the Campus Center)

McKinley’s is your own campus food court, featuring five unique stations. Bento is our national brand Asian station featuring station, noodles, and rice bowls, you can use your FLEX money, cash or credit. Burgers and Fries is our traditional grill station, serving all your favorites. The Fire Place offers pizza and rolls and The Spread offers a deli and Limon and Chile offers Mexican favorites. Use your meal swipes at McKinley’s and make sure to download the GrubHub app for mobile ordering.

Retail Items available at the Checker/Cashier Stations

  • Monday-Thursday: 8:00am – 10:30pm
  • Friday: 8:00am – 12:30am
  • Saturday: 11:00am – 12:30am

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