You put in the hours and made the cut. Welcome to the University of Georgia! We’re thrilled to invite you to Freshman Welcome as you launch your UGA journey. Party with your peers in Reed Plaza and then make your way into Sanford Stadium to hear from some VIBs (Very Important Bulldogs), learn game day cheers and traditions, and form the Power G on Dooley Field. For many of you, this will be the last time on the field until Commencement—don’t miss your chance!
Food & Fun
The party starts with free food, drinks and activities like electronic Bulldog-riding and photo booths.
Swag & Spirit
We’ll get you into the Bulldog spirit with UGA cheerleaders, Hairy Dawg, the Redcoat Marching Band and VIBs.
Chants & Class Pics
You’ll learn game day traditions and UGA cheers, and then take a class photo between the hedges!
- 6PM – The party starts in Reed Plaza
- 7PM – In-stadium pep rally begins
- 7:15PM – Welcome Messages
- SGA President George Moore
- UGA President Jere W. Morehead
- Head Football Coach Kirby Smart
- Head Women’s Basketball Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson
- Head Basketball Coach Mike White
- SAC President Caroline Reedy
- 7:30PM – Entering field
- 8PM – Class photo taken on Dooley Field
*In the case of inclement weather, an alternate date may be selected. Students will be emailed details and an update will be placed on this page.
Students/parents can follow @uga_sac on Instagram for live event updates.
Arrangements will be available for students with accessibility needs. Please email email@example.com to let us know ahead of time. Upon arrival, seek out a staff member or volunteer near the rock wall in Reed Plaza.
WHAT TO BRING
This free event doesn’t require you to bring anything! We’ll provide you with plenty of water, and there’s nothing you need to pay for. Food will be provided, but we do recommend having a snack before you arrive. Just like gameday and professional sporting events, a clear bag is required. Bring your phone for photos and to check into the event for a chance to win prizes.
WHAT TO WEAR
It’s August in Georgia. We recommend you wear cool and comfortable clothing. This is a casual, outdoor event. When you go onto the field for the class photo, you may be asked to remove your shoes to protect the turf before our first home game.
Please wear red! Whatever you do, don’t wear orange or blue (the colors of some of our biggest SEC rivals!)
PAST FRESHMAN WELCOME EVENTS
This annual tradition has been taking place since 2011. Welcome to the UGA family, Bulldogs!
FRESHMAN WELCOME PARTNERS
This annual event is made possible thanks to the Division of Development and Alumni Relations,UGA Student Alumni Council, and the Parents Leadership Council. Thank you to the following partners who help make it a success:
UGA Office of the President
Student Government Association
Office of Student Transitions
Division of Student Affairs
UGA Athletic Association
UGA Police Department
Division of Marketing & Communications