Welcome Weekend

⚠️ Notice: The fall semester will begin the week of August 10, two weeks earlier than previously scheduled. Read more about Holy Cross College’s response to COVID-19.

Move-In for New Students

Holy Cross College has announced a staged move-in to on-campus residence halls for new first year and transfer students to take place Friday, August 7, and Saturday, August 8, 2020. A morning and afternoon move-in and meal will be offered each day, and students will register for one session on one day. Students are asked to limit the number of guests traveling to campus with them; we recommend one or two guests per student.

Morning Session Schedule

8:00 a.m. ET: Campus and residence halls open for move-in
Check-in takes place in the Pfeil Athletic Center Lobby
11:30 a.m. ET: Lunch
12:30 p.m. ET: Morning session ends

Afternoon Session Schedule

2:00 p.m. ET: Campus and residence halls reopen for move-in
Check-in takes place in the Pfeil Athletic Center Lobby
5:30 p.m. ET: Dinner
6:30 p.m. ET: Afternoon session ends

A break between the sessions will allow for the cleaning of public spaces prior to the arrival of the next group of students and guests. Half-day sessions allow for guests to travel to and from campus on the same day.

After move-in is complete, students may begin residing in the residence halls overnight and on-campus dining will be available. Although there will be no formal programming for parents or guests during Welcome Weekend, they are welcome to remain or return on campus if more time is needed to assist with move-in. Above all, we ask our guests to use good judgment and observe social distancing within the residence halls during and after the assigned move-in session. Additional required Welcome Weekend events, beginning Saturday evening, are scheduled for students only.

Students Not Living On Campus

Students who will not be moving in to an on-campus residence hall are welcome to register for and attend one of the Friday or Saturday meals. One or two guests are welcome to join. There will be additional Welcome Weekend activities, beginning Saturday evening, that will be required for all students, including those who will not be living in a residence hall.

Welcome Weekend Itinerary for New Students

This schedule is tentative and subject to change. A final itinerary will be made available upon check-on on Friday or Saturday.

Saturday, August 8

4:45-7:00 p.m.: Dinner available Siegfried Dining Hall
    No meal plan needed
7:00-7:25 p.m.: Campus Culture and Overview Session I

Men meet in McKenna Arena
Women meet in Pfeil Tent
7:35-8:00 p.m.: Campus Culture and Overview Session II
Men meet in Pfeil Tent
Women meet in McKenna Arena
7:00-8:15 p.m. ET: New Student Orientation Sessions
8:15 p.m. ET: Arch Rivals Competition O’Connor Commons
9:30 p.m. ET: Outdoor Movie O’Connor Commons

Sunday, August 9

10:30-10:45 a.m.: Class Photo O’Connor Commons
Please wear your Holy Cross Welcome Weekend shirt!
10:45-11:15 a.m.: Small Group Programming O’Connor Commons
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Brunch available Siegfried Dining Hall
    No meal plan needed
1:00-3:00 p.m.: HCC 101 and Campus Safety Summit Session I
3:30-5:30 p.m.: HCC 101 and Campus Safety Summit Session II
5:30-7:30 p.m.: Dinner available Siegfried Dining Hall
    Meal plan required for this meal
7:30 p.m. ET: Mass Saint Joseph Chapel
8:30 p.m. ET: Dorm Programming for On-Campus Students and Athlete Orientation


New students can select a preferred date and session on the Campus Arrival form found on the Holy Cross Applicant Portal. Registration for a particular session will close if capacity is reached to allow for social distancing and reduce the total number of visitors on campus at the same time. Students can indicate the number of guests who will be joining them and list any dietary restrictions for meals.

Our Shared Responsibility for Health and Safety

All students and guests entering campus will be required to wear a face covering indoors and also outdoors when social distancing is not possible. To assist with social distancing, each student and his/her guests will be assigned a table to themselves for the meal and welcome session.

Holy Cross College has shared with all new students important information about campus protocols, expectations, and procedures that have been developed to help ensure the safety of our community. Additionally, new students have been instructed to receive a COVID-19 test and have test results send to Holy Cross College prior to their arrival. COVID-19 testing instructions and a lab order have been sent via email to each new student’s Holy Cross email account. It will be more important than ever to realize that our community is bound together in an effort to live as Scholars, Citizens, Leaders, and Disciples and we will all have a part to play in the living out of our common mission.

Planning Your Visit

⚠️ Please note that there is a mask mandate for the state of Indiana beginning July 27.

If your family or guests will be in need of a local hotel during Welcome Weekend, we highly recommend that you make a reservation as soon as possible. Hotels in and near South Bend will fill quickly as Welcome Weekend approaches.

Click here to view Holy Cross College on Google Maps. In addition to generating driving directions, Google Maps allows you to “search nearby” for hotel accommodations, restaurants, and attractions. If you are looking to explore the local area, visit the Visit South Bend website for tips and local attractions.

Traveling by plane or taking the South Shore Line from Chicago? The South Bend International Airport is your easy, local connection. The South Shore rail line is operated by NICTD and connects South Bend Airport with cities throughout Northwestern Indiana, with a final destination of downtown Chicago. Click here for the South Shore schedule. Need help getting from there to here? The SBN website links to car rental agencies, taxi services, and local buses. You’ll also find Uber and Lyft services available around South Bend.

Additional Information

As a reminder, the On-Campus Residency Application is due on or before July 1. We anticipate releasing housing assignments on or around July 10. Additional information about our residence halls and what you should and should not bring with you can be found here. Questions about the residence halls and move-in should be directed to reslifedir@hcc-nd.edu.