Welcome Class of 2026! We invite you to Freshfest - Hillel's premier freshman orientation program that will be taking place from August 18th to August 21st. This will be a unique opportunity for those arriving on campus early for the August Orientation program!
Come meet other first year students, familiarize yourself with your new home away from home, and learn about Jewish student life on campus. To register, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch in early August with a more detailed schedule, arrival instructions, and more!
We are looking forward to welcoming all our new Jewish Bearcats to campus!
The University is going to be holding MANDATORY orientation programs for all incoming first year and transfers students beginning August 18th. As such, Hillel will be pivoting our FreshFest programming to accommodate the new orientation program mandated by the University.
Over the summer students will receive an email from the office of New Student Programs. In this email they will be given the option to select when they would like to move into their dorm and which date they would like to attend orientation. We are suggesting all our new Jewish students opt to move in on Thursday August 18th. Your student will move in between 9am and 12pm on the 18th and will have University orientation programming from 1:00pm on Thursday the 18th till 12:00pm (noon) on Friday the 19th.
Hillel will be offering programming throughout the week and weekend for all new students arriving and will be available to all students. Our students will be able to move in, attend orientation, and then attend the Hillel sponsored events for the remainder of the week/weekend. Some events will have a maximum number of attendees, and so we encourage them to sign up early to reserve their spot.
Please check back here to find the most up to date information, schedule, and registration links. Additionally you will be able to find all our events on the University's centralized welcome week page B-Welcome!
If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know!