Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Welcome Weekend?

Welcome Weekend is your personal introduction into the APU community. This is your opportunity to receive answers to 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, family members, and guests must register for Welcome Weekend. You can register with your new student APU NetID login information 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 can I add guests after I (student) register for Welcome Weekend?

Welcome Weekend registration must be completed through student APU NetID login account information. If a student would like to register additional guests after he or she has completed registration, please email welcomeweekend@apu.edu immediately for assistance.

4. How much does Welcome Weekend cost?

The Welcome Weekend cost for each new student is included in student fees, which is automatically billed for $100 on the student’s financial account and $50 (paid during online registration) for each family member or additional guest who wishes to attend.

5. Is there a registration fee for children not attending APU?

Children ages 12 and under may attend for free. Each additional guest will need to pay registration fee.

6. What is included in the Welcome Weekend cost?

The Welcome Weekend fee pays for a variety of components throughout the three-day program. The fee includes on-campus meals, Welcome Weekend T-shirt, campus resources, and activities.

7. When does Welcome Weekend conclude for family members/guests?

Formal programming for parents and families will conclude at 1 p.m. on Sunday, January 5. However, you will be provided with time following the final program to spend time with your student as well as wrap up any last minute details before leaving. Student programming will resume at 2 p.m.

8. Can residential students move in early?

New students can begin the move-in process at 8:30 a.m., Friday, January 3. 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 Residence Life at (626) 812-3056 for assistance.

9. Do commuter students need to attend Welcome Weekend?

Welcome Weekend is required for all new students, including commuters students as there are specific sessions for various student groups. Please review the schedule to plan accordingly. If you have questions about Commuter Life, please contact (626) 812-3032 or email commuters@apu.edu for further assistance.

10. Where are family members and/or guests to stay during Welcome Weekend?

Students’ families and guests are welcome and encouraged to stay at a local hotel. View a list of local lodging options. If you are a residential student, you can move into your on-campus housing assignment beginning at 8:30 a.m., Friday, January 3. 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 Residence Life at (626) 812-3056 for assistance.

11. Can I pay per meal for Welcome Weekend?

Yes, meal tickets can be purchased for $10 per meal during check-in.

12. What is an Alpha group?

An Alpha group is a small group of new students, organized by major and led by an upperclassman through the first semester at APU. Exploring (undeclared) major students will be in Alpha groups together. New students will have numerous opportunities to meet their group during Welcome Weekend before classes begin. Alpha group assignments will be provided at Welcome Weekend Check-In beginning Friday, January 3, in the Upper Turner Campus Center.

13. 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.

14. 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 Center at (626) 815-5050 or support@apu.edu.

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

Call (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2549, or email welcomeweekend@apu.edu with any and all additional questions that you may have regarding the Welcome Weekend process.