Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Welcome Weekend?

Welcome Weekend is your personal introduction into the APU community. This is your chance to receive answers to all of your spiritual, intellectual, physical, and social questions. Even if you have had siblings attend APU in the past, you will not want to miss Welcome Weekend because APU is an ever-evolving community and we upgrade policies and procedures every year. You can register online for Welcome Weekend. Make sure to have your credit card available when you register. You will need to register and pay for all family members and guests who plan to attend (each student is automatically billed $100 on the student financial account).

2. How do I register for Welcome Weekend?

All students must register for Welcome Weekend. You can register for Welcome Weekend by visiting apu.edu/welcome-weekend/registration and completing the registration form. Make sure to have your credit card available when you register. You will need to register and pay for all family members and guests who plan to attend (each student is automatically billed $100 on the student financial account).

3. How much does Welcome Weekend cost?

Welcome Weekend is a flat fee of $100 (automatically billed on the student’s financial account) for each new student and $50 (paid during online registration) for each family member or guest who wishes to attend.

4. What if I am not attending every event? Do I still pay the full price?

Every person who attends any part of Welcome Weekend must pay the full price. Every new student is charged $100 regardless of what events he/she attends.

5. Do I pay for my student to attend?

Your student is automatically billed the $100 Welcome Weekend fee on his/her financial account, but all students still must register for Welcome Weekend. If only the student is attending Welcome Weekend, no additional fees will be charged during registration.

6. Do I pay for children who are not attending Azusa Pacific University?

Yes, you will need to pay the registration fee for each additional person who is attending the Welcome Weekend program, with the exception of children ages 12 and under who may attend for free.

7. What does the Welcome Weekend fee pay for?

The Welcome Weekend fee pays for a variety of things throughout the three-day student and family program. A portion of the fees cover meal costs. Additionally, the fee provides tables, chairs, shade, and audio-visual equipment, among other things for the overall program. It also covers a Welcome Weekend T-shirt.

8. When should parents/family members leave?

Formal programming for parents and families will conclude at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 27. However, you will be provided with time following the final program to enjoy lunch with your student as well as wrap up any last minute details before leaving. Student programming will resume at 2 p.m.

9. What if my student wants to move in early?

New students can begin the move-in process at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, August 25. If your student is an athlete, a student worker, or in a music ensemble, he/she will receive move-in instructions from those specific departments. You can also call the Office of Housing Services at (626) 812-3056 for assistance.

10. Where am I supposed to stay during Welcome Weekend?

As a new student, you can move in and stay at your on-campus residence beginning 8:30 a.m. on Friday, August 25. Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay at a local hotel. View a list of local lodging options.

11. Is Welcome Weekend mandatory?

Certain events are mandatory for all new students. (See the schedule for further details.) Beyond that, we highly encourage you to attend all other events because Welcome Weekend is an integral part of your success at Azusa Pacific University. It is designed specifically for you as a new student as well as for new APU family members. Even if you have had relatives or friends attend APU in the past, you will want to come and learn about all the new additions that we make every year.

12. Do I have to register before I come?

Yes, you will need to register for Welcome Weekend in order to receive your personalized packet at Welcome Weekend Check-In. Make sure to have your credit card available when you register; you will need to register and pay for all family members and guests who plan to attend (each student is automatically billed $100 on the student financial account).

13. What is an Alpha group?

An Alpha group is a small group of new students led by an upperclassman through the first semester at APU. You will have numerous opportunities to meet your group during Welcome Weekend before classes begin. Your assigned Alpha group will be given to you at Welcome Weekend Check-In beginning Friday, August 25, in the Upper Turner Campus Center.

14. What if I am/my student is an athlete or member of a music ensemble?

You will receive specific information from your coach or director regarding your move-in process as well as training prior to Welcome Weekend. If you have more questions, you can contact the Athletics Department at (626) 815-5081 or the School of Music at (626) 815-3848.

15. Can I pay per meal for Welcome Weekend?

Unfortunately, no. Because these meals are catered by both outside sources as well as by our own APU Dining Services, we cannot accurately charge for each individual meal.

16. How do I connect my laptop to APU's wireless network

During Welcome Weekend Check-in, you will receive an APU Network ID (APU NetID) that will give you access to the university's student network services, such as the university portal, library research resources, and the APU wireless network. Once you arrive on campus, simply open your preferred Web browser on your PC or Mac laptop, then log in with the APU NetID you'll receive at check-in.

For more information, visit support.apu.edu, or contact the IMT Support Desk at (626) 815-5050 or support@apu.edu

17. What if I have questions not found on this page?

Please either call (626) 815-2083 or email orientation@apu.edu with any and all additional questions that you may have regarding the Welcome Weekend process.