A new generation of Rebels will learn their first lesson in scarlet and gray pride as they join returning students Aug. 24 to kickoff UNLV’s fall semester classes.
But the road to academic success at UNLV stretches beyond the classroom. For both first-time and returning students, the university is hosting a smorgasbord of events — from inspirational talks and a new student BBQ to the home football opener, campus club fair and more — geared at steering students toward successful college careers by entrenching them in school spirit and acclimating them to campus life.
Media interested in attending the events are asked to coordinate with the UNLV Office of Media Relations, (702) 895-3102.
Residence Hall Move-In
- When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19 (freshmen)
- Where: Dayton Community, South Complex, Upper Class Complex and Tonopah Community
Nearly 1,800 new and returning students move into campus residence halls. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., UNLV President Len Jessup will lend a helping hand to first-time students. Take a look back at past move-in days.
Media: Enter at Tropicana Boulevard and Thomas & Mack Center
Rebel Welcome Day/UNLV Creates
- When: Friday, Aug. 21. Welcome Day, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; UNLV Creates, 9 -10:30 a.m.
- Where: Thomas & Mack Center/Cox Pavilion
Rebel Welcome Day kickstarts students’ college careers with live music, bookstore discounts and giveaways, an outdoor movie, a scavenger hunt, informational booths, a barbecue, and more designed to help them learn more about campus and its programs. The capstone activity is UNLV Creates, a TEDx-like event featuring motivational messages from UNLV staff, students and — this year — Life is Beautiful music festival creator Rehan Choudhry. Freshmen at the mid-morning event also receive Rebel Cords and make a pledge to graduate.
Media: Park in front of UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center, off of Tropicana Avenue
UNLV Fall Semester Begins
- When: Monday, Aug. 24
Throughout the day, more than 200 UNLV staff and student volunteers will man “ask me” booths to answer student questions. The booths will be located at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Pida Plaza, Student Union, and Lied Library.
20th Annual Premier UNLV
- When: 5-9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27
- Where: Intramural Field, corner of Swenson Street and Harmon Avenue (note new location this year)
An annual tradition featuring fireworks and the formation of a giant illuminated “UNLV” created by hundreds of students and alumni with flashlights.
- When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 2
- Where: Student Union
Students learn about the more than 250 on-campus student organizations, as well as community groups around the Las Vegas area.
UNLV Rebel Football Home Opener vs. UCLA
- When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12
- Where: Sam Boyd Stadium
Join new UNLV head football coach Tony Sanchez and the Rebel team for their first home game of the season.
Media: Coordinate with UNLV Athletics Media Relations at (702) 895-4472.
UNLV State of the University Speech
- When: 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17
- Where: Judy Bayley Theatre
UNLV President Len Jessup will give the annual update on the university and its vision for 2015 and beyond.
Media: Coordinate with UNLV Media Relations at (702) 895-3102.