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Weeks of Welcome

We’re so glad you’ve chosen Columbus State for the 2023-2024 school year! The first few weeks of class are an exciting time on campus, filled with opportunities to make long lasting memories.

The Columbus State Welcome Team, consisting of volunteer faculty and staff, is here to help you navigate the campus and get connected to helpful resources. We also offer a wide range of fun activities across the college so you can enjoy the spirit of Columbus State alongside your friends and peers. During the third week of classes, Student Success Week will kick off, featuring events to introduce you to resources on campus and give you helpful tips to succeeding in college. Let’s make some memories!

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Weeks of Welcome Events

Week 1 - Aug. 28 - Sept. 1 

Sneak PeEk Saturday

Saturday, Aug. 26
9 a.m. - noon
Columbus Campus

Walk the campus before classes start and get help from volunteers out in the Courtyard. 

Welcome Team

Aug. 28-29
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Columbus Campus and Delaware Campus

Look for faculty & staff members in green shirts to help answer your questions and navigate campus!

Dublin Resource Fair

Aug. 30
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dublin Campus

Meet staff from the Dublin campus and learn about available resources. 

Student Employment Job Fair

Aug. 31
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Columbus Campus 
Courtyard and Nestor Hall Breezeway

Learn about different student employment opportunities on campus and in the community. 



Week 2 - Sept. 4 - 8

Delaware Resource Fair

Sept. 5
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Delaware Campus

Meet staff at the Delaware campus and learn about available resources. 

Student Leadership Workshop: Goal Setting and Growth Mindset

Sept. 6
2:30 - 4 p.m.
Columbus Campus
Franklin Hall 110

Join us for the the kickoff to the Leadership Engagement Series, a new program that includes monthly leadership workshops for all interested students. Register here.

VIRTUAL Game Night

Sept. 6
6 - 8 p.m. 
Online. RSVP here and you will receive a Zoom link to join! 

This is a great chance to meet other students virtually and have some fun with Jackbox games. 


Week 3 - Sept. 11 - 15

Resource Fair & Volunteer Village

Due to the threat of rain on Sept. 12, this event has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Columbus Campus
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Join us for this large outdoor party in the courtyard to make connections with college resources, student clubs, and community partners. There will also be games, music, food, and more! 

Student Success Week 

Pop-Up Info Tables 

Sept. 11
Columbus Campus 
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Success Workshops, Department Open Houses, & More! 

Sept. 13 - 14

Schedule of Events

Week 4 - Sept. 18 - 22

National Voter Registration Day 

Sept. 19
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
National Voter Registration Day Table in Courtyard

Stop by to learn more about the voting process and receive help getting registered. 

Resource Fair & Volunteer Village Rain Plan

Sept. 19
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Columbus Campus Courtyard

In case of bad weather on 9/12, the Columbus campus Resource Fair & Volunteer Village will happen on 9/19. 

Fall Festival

Sept. 22
Columbus Campus
Mitchell Hall Lawn
6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 

Join the Student Engagement & Inclusion team for a fun, family friendly, WoW finale that includes activities, music, snacks, and an outdoor movie experience. 

Student Strategies to Start Strong

The first few weeks of classes are critical for students to build a foundation for success for the semester and beyond. There are specific steps you can take right now:


Build Relationships and Connect

  • Learn the names of your instructors and professors.
  • Read the syllabus for each class.
  • Sign up for Cougar Connect for events and to connect with other students.

Engage and Stay Encouraged

  •  Show up to class, whether it is online or on campus.
  • Before class, write down questions from the materials so you are ready to participate.
  • Ask for clarification when you don’t understand a topic.
  • Visit faculty members during office hours if you need additional assistance.

Communicate, Celebrate, and Aspire

  • Stay motivated to accomplish things.
  • Remind yourself why you are in college and why it’s important to you and your family.
  • Do a countdown to graduation by marking down the days each semester.

Support and Collaborate

  • Everyone can use a hand sometimes; Asking for help is healthy.
  • Use free resources: Career Services, Counseling Services, and Accessibility & Testing.
  • Don’t wait until there is a problem. Seek out Tutoring Services which are free of charge.
  • Library services are available remotely, and there is a live chat option.
  • IT Support services are free at and 614-287-5050.