All students in the UAdvantage First Year Experience are expected to participate in one of four Pre-Welcome Week experiences between the end of the summer course and the start of Wildcat Welcome unless they plan to return home during the break. When you complete your contract, you will be asked to select one of the following:
- Sorority or Fraternity (Greek) Recruitment*
You will need to register for this separately. More information about Recruitment can be found at http://greek.arizona.edu/prospective/recruitment. Please note that the recommended minimum high school GPA is 3.00 for sorority recruitment and 2.75 for fraternity recruitment. Please see note below.
- Bear Down Camp
The mission of ASUA's Bear Down Camp is to provide a supplemental and integrative introduction to the University of Arizona for incoming freshmen students in order to improve their connection, retention, and overall success. BDC provides necessary survival tools while also supplying students with an opportunity to cultivate valuable relationships with fellow Wildcats and faculty early on during their college careers. Visit http://bdcamp.asua.arizona.edu for more information, but you will NOT need to register for this separately.
- Week of Service
Have a pre-semester service adventure in the greater Tucson community! Explore Tucson’s service opportunities by participating in Week of Service, where UAdvantage program staff will facilitate unique and fun service projects that effect UA and the greater Tucson community. Service partners will include the Sky Island Alliance, Southern Arizona Community Food Bank, Ben’s Bells and more! Stay on campus in your residence hall and give back to the community! You will NOT need to register for this separately.
- Hall Involvement Team
Hall Involvement (HI) Team is a week-long leadership and service opportunity for students interested in getting involved within their residence halls. HI Team participants will build community in their halls, welcome students and their families to campus, and support the move-in process by providing families with assistance moving their things to the students’ rooms. HI Team members will also receive training in areas such as: leadership, customer service, sustainability, social justice, team building, and more. Note: Hall Involvement Team involves physical activity (such as carrying luggage and pushing dollies). If you have questions regarding accessibility and accommodations, please contact the Residence Hall Association (RHA) at RHADtraining@email.arizona.edu).
- Returning Home
Students who elect to return home during the break after moving their belongings into their academic year residence hall may do so; however, students are not allowed to actively be in the residence hall unless they are participating in one of the above experiences.
*Note about Sorority and Fraternity Recruitment:
Sorority Recruitment Grade Recommendations:
It is highly recommended but not required that any women who wish to participate in sorority recruitment have a minimum of a 3.0 unweighted GPA from High School. Each of the sororities has an individual GPA minimum standard they abide by and the lowest of these standards is a 3.0 It is highly likely that women who participate in recruitment with less than a 3.0 will not have an enjoyable experience. It is recommended that women with below a 3.0 wait until after their first year of college to participate in sorority recruitment.
Fraternity Recruitment Grade Recommendations:
Men wishing to join an IFC fraternity should have a minimum GPA of a 2.75 unweighted from High School. The IFC fraternities passed a resolution committing to not accepting members with below a 2.75, and many have a standard higher than a 2.75. It is recommended that men with below a 2.75 wait until after their first semester of college and go through recruitment with at least a 2.5 college GPA.