First 50 Days

First 50 Days includes programs students should attend the first eight weeks on campus.  By attending and participating in these programs, new students will have the ability to learn about involvement opportunities on campus, become part of the CSU campus, engage in community wide-events, and enhance their connection to being a CSU Ram!  As a new student within the first eight weeks of the semester, you should plan on participating in the First 50 signature events and consider attending other events on campus.

First 50 Days Signature Events include:

Ram Welcome
Thurs.- Sun., August 16-19, 2018

Build upon your Ram Orientation experience and officially become part of the CSU community during Ram Welcome.  All new students are expected to attend the Ram Welcome Program.

CSU Soccer vs. Northern Colorado
Thursday, August 23, 2018
3:30 P.M.

CSU Soccer Field (field next to Moby Arena off of Shields Street)

CSU Volleyball vs. Illinois
Friday, August 24, 2018
7:00 P.M.

Moby Arena

CSU Football vs. Hawaii
Saturday, August 25, 2018
5:30 P.M.

Canvas Stadium
Be a part of the first game at the Canvas Stadium! Don’t forget to wear your CSU Green to the game.

Grill the Buffs
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
11:00 A.M.

LSC Sutherland Sculpture Garden
Prior to the Rocky Mountain Showdown, students gather for "Grill the Buffs" to celebrate the anticipated rival football game.

Rocky Mountain Showdown - Colorado State vs. Colorado Football Game
Friday, August 31, 2018
7:30 P.M.

Sports Authority Field, Denver
Don’t miss out on the biggest football game of the season as your Rams battle the archrival Colorado Buffaloes at Sports Authority Field (home of the Denver Broncos) in Denver! For ticket information, visit, call 800-491-RAMS or stop by the CSU Ticket Office at Moby Arena.

Fall Involvement Expo
Wed.-Thurs., September 5, 2018- September 6, 2018

10:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.
Lory Student Center Plaza
Do Something CSU! The Fall Involvement Expo is an opportunity for you and your fellow Rams to get involved on campus. By connecting with 300+ Student Organizations and Community Agencies, you have the opportunity to become involved and leave your mark at CSU. The Fall Involvement Expo is a great way to think big, get involved and Do Something CSU!

President’s Fall Address & University Picnic
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

The Oval
The Fall Address has been a campus fixture for decades, giving University presidents the opportunity to welcome students to campus while presenting the state of the university. The picnic was added in 1997 – after a flash flood devastated campus and the surrounding community just a few weeks prior to the start of classes – to celebrate the resiliency of the campus and to look forward to a bright future. Come join the campus community for lunch on the oval for this annual tradition.

Cans Around the Oval
Cans Around the Oval is a Colorado State University tradition, where students, faculty, and staff partner with the community members, local media, and area businesses to raise awareness about hunger in our community, as well as raise food and monetary donations for the Food Bank of Larimer County.  This event is Larimer County’s largest single-day food drive and events will take place on the following dates:

CANstruction: October 10, 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M., LSC Plaza
Cans Around the Oval Collection Day: October 17, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M., CSU Oval

New students specifically can get involved by donating any non-perishable food items or volunteer the day of the event.

Homecoming and Family Weekend
Thurs.-Sat., October 11-13, 2018
Join the CSU campus community as we celebrate Homecoming & Family Weekend! Activities include the Festival on the Oval, Friday Night Lights (pep rally, bonfire, fireworks, and lighting of the “A”), Homecoming parade, and of course, the Homecoming football game!

Additional Events happening within the first 8 weeks of the semester:

CAM-Unity Block Party
Monday, August 20, 2018
3:00 P.M- 6:00 P.M.
CSU Lagoon – corner of Plum & Meridian

Hall Council Interests Sessions
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
6:00 P.M
Your Residence Hall

Fraternity and Sorority Welcome Back Block Party
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Lory Student Center West Lawn

Education Abroad Fair
Friday, September 7, 2018
10:00 A.M.- 3:00 P.M.

Lory Student Center Ballrooms

Diversity Symposium
Tues.-Thurs., October 2-4, 2018

Lory Student Center

If you have questions or for more information, contact Orientation and Transition Programs at (970) 491-6011 or