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Welcome to the Block U, Class of 2021!

We don’t want you to simply have a first year; we want you to have an experience! The University of Utah is excited to offer many opportunities for engagement in your first year. By participating in programs through the Center for New Student & Family Programs, you will be more connected to the University community by becoming friends with other first-year students, connecting with upper-class mentors, meeting faculty and administrators, and learning about campus resources. We invite you to learn more about each individual program by clicking on their title.


Official Class of 2021 Facebook Group

Start networking with other members of the new class by joining the Official University of Utah Class of 2021 Facebook Group. This is the only group officially sponsored by the U, and will be the best place to ask questions and start building community before NSO and Welcome Week.

Swoop Camp Programs

Get a jump start on your first year! Swoop Camp Programs are extended orientation camps all about finding your place at the U. There are two types of camps, each with a specific focus - Spirit and Adventure - which allow you to choose your Swoop Camp Experience.

Welcome Week

Start the year off right with events designed to teach you about the true U experience. Events during the first weeks of school to assist students in learning about opportunities, clubs, and all the U has to offer. Welcome Week is for new and continuing U students, and includes great traditions like New Student Welcome and the Block U Class Picture!

Picture Your First Year

Document your first year of college through pictures of your experiences. Students take pictures each week around a theme related to their college transition. The group meets together to discuss their photos and experiences. Photos are featured at a gala at the conclusion of the term.

Campus Life Mentor Program

What better way to learn about the opportunities available and tips for a great start to college than from a successful U student? Campus Life Mentors are current students who serve as a guide, supporter, and friend to groups of first semester U students. Groups attend events together and Mentors are always there for their students.

Transfer Student Programs

Programs designed to meet the unique needs of students who are not attending their first college. Transfer students typically encounter different obstacles and have different needs than first-year students. Transfer Student Programs serve to connect transfer students with each other, recognize the academic excellence of transfer students, and assist them in their accelerated educational journey.

Last Updated: 2/6/17