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While the return of students brings a lot of energy and excitement to the West Virginia University campus, we recognize that it also brings a few challenges. It is our goal to make move-in weekend and Welcome Week as seamless as possible with limited interruptions for our community neighbors in Morgantown.

The Welcome Week experience will begin Thursday, August 10, and extend through Tuesday, August 15, to acclimate our students to campus before fall semester classes begin Wednesday, August 16. 2017.

Move-in days

In the spirit of cooperation, we respectfully ask for your patience as we work to get them settled and make them feel welcome on our campus and in their new home community.

Please note that the majority of our 5,000 incoming freshmen will not be moving into residence halls during a weekday to reduce traffic and parking challenges. However, in coordination with the City, WVU will have additional Police and Housing staff available to help keep the flow of traffic moving. 

Community Service

As part of the Welcome Week experience, students will be completing service projects around campus and in the Morgantown community. Be sure to say hello and feel free to join in the clean-ups if you see them in your neighborhoods. 


In addition, students will be participating in fun activities to welcome and acclimate them to campus.

The fun and games of the Mountaineer Midway will take place at the Student Rec Center on Sunday, August 13, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Monday Night Lights will gather our 5,000 incoming freshmen at Milan Puskar Stadium on Monday, August 14, at 8 p.m. to kick-off their college career with a true Mountaineer experience. They will receive a warm Mountaineer Welcome from President Gordon Gee and some of our coaches, take in a performance by the Mountaineer Marching Band, participate in a class photo and celebrate the evening with fireworks.  

We invite the community to enjoy the fireworks that will be visible around Morgantown Monday evening around 9:30 p.m. We also ask for your patience and understanding regarding any noise that results from the fireworks display as we celebrate the beginning of a new chapter for our WVU Class of 2021. 

On Tuesday, August 15, FoodFest will be held on Short Term Lot 4 near the Student Recreation Center and Evansdale Crossing from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The annual FallFest concert is the same evening from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on the fields behind the Student Rec Center. Activities will end early so students can prepare for their first day of classes the next morning.

Please check this page regularly for updated information about traffic disruptions and parking restrictions. We will be posting details as they become available.

We encourage you to help us welcome our students to their new home in Morgantown.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we start a new academic year. Let’s go!