Destination Arizona is a three-day extended orientation program designed to welcome all new students (First-year and Transfer) to campus prior to the start of classes by providing inclusive and engaging programs to allow students to find community and know what resources are available to them to be successful Wildcats.
Destination Arizona programming will a mix of mandatory & optional programming each day. If students cannot attend their mandatory sessions, we will be asking that they fill out an exemption form in their Next Steps Center to let us know. The exemption form will become available in August, two weeks prior to Destination Arizona.
Each day's commitment, August 19 - 21, looks different! The August 19 and August 20 schedule is dependent on your college/academic unit and student group, these times will become available to you on August 5 via Next Steps Center with only an hour and a half commitment! The August 21 session will be held from 5 - 5:45 pm. A brief schedule overview can be found here.
Each day is centered around a different theme and value of the university. Friday is our academic enrichment day in which you'll learn more about your academic unit. Saturday is our self-advocacy day in which you will hear from current Wildcats and their college experience. Sunday is our community engagement day where we will offer some help finding classes but also encouraging students to get connected with the Tucson and Wildcat community.
Yes, guests are invited to attend the Wildcat Family Conference while students are at their mandatory Destination Arizona sessions!
Parent & Family Programs will be hosting the Wildcat Family Conference August 16 - August 18. A continuation of the Conference will take place on August 19 (first day off Destination Arizona) with a welcome from Parent & Family Programs in our Student Union beginning at 9 AM. From there guests are welcomed to join the day's conference sessions around campus from 11 AM - 4 PM.
Guests are also welcomed to join us on Saturday, August 20 for a Resource Fair from 11 AM - 2 PM and Campus Mixers from 2 PM - 5 PM.
The Wildcat Family Conference is completely free. Parent & Family Programs will be providing additional details via email.