First-Year & Sophomore Family Weekend

First Year and SophomoreUP's First-Year & Sophomore Family Weekend will be held on Friday, February 17, to Sunday, February 19, 2023. We are excited to welcome you to campus to make some special memories with your Pilot!

Your Family Weekend ticket covers all events in the schedule below, unless noted. All guests 18 and over are $50; guests 17 and under are $15. Your UP student is free!

Registration information will be available on this page starting mid-December.


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Family Weekend Schedule of Events (Subject to slight modifications!)

Friday, February 17

3:30 - 7:30 p.m... Family Weekend headquarters open (UP Bookstore)

4:00 & 4:15 p.m...  Campus Tours (Meet in front of the UP Bookstore)

4:00 - 5:30 p.m...  UP Museum display (Library)

4:00 - 5:30 p.m...  Various departmental open houses (TBD)

Dinner on your own. 

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  UP Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo concert (Mago Hunt recital hall)

7:15 - 8:00 p.m.  President's Welcome & Root Beer Float bar (Beauchamp Center)

7:30  UP Theater presents: The Wolves (Tickets available for purchase here)

8:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Residence Hall 'Home Away from Home' Family Traditions

  • Your student's residence hall will showcase their favorite hall tradition: enjoy 'mock'-tails, games, 'mailbox madness', prizes, specialty snacks or something crafty to bring home! Commuter students and their families are welcome at any residence hall.

9:00 - 11:00 p.m.  Pilots After Dark - Karaoke Night! (Pilot House)

Saturday, February 18

8:30 - 11:00 a.m.  Family Weekend Headquarters Open (UP Bookstore)

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.  Coffee & Pastries (Pilot House)

  • Warm up with some coffee and a bite to eat before heading to your students' academic open house

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.  Academic Open Houses

  • College of Arts & Sciences: Brian Doyle Auditorium, Dundon-Berchtold Room 004
  • School of Nursing: Bauccio Commons Quiet Side
  • School of Business: Bauccio Commons Board Room 
  • School of Education: Franz Hall 120
  • School of Engineering: Shiley Hall, 3rd floor

11:00 - Noon  PilotTalks, UP's new short-talk lecture series  (Buckley Center Auditorium)

  • Five UP faculty will share stories and insights on what brings them hope

Noon - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch on your Own

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.  Experiential Learning Session (Buckley Center Auditorium)

3:00 p.m.  UP Wind Symphony concert (Chapel of Christ the Teacher)

  • The Wind Symphony is excited to join with musicians from Campus Ministry for a concert of primarily sacred music. Come enjoy a familiar hymn, or maybe discover a new favorite!

3:00 p.m.  Women's Basketball vs. Pacific (Chiles Center Arena)

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.  Mid-Game Social Hour (Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center)

  • Get hyped for the Pilots at a private party in the Beauchamp Center between the double-header basketball games. Enjoy beer, wine, hot dogs, sides, chips, gourmet popcorn and desserts with the unbeatable company of fellow Pilot families.

6:00 p.m.  Men's Basketball vs. Santa Clara (Chiles Center Arena)

7:30 p.m. UP Theater presents: The Wolves (tickets available for purchase here)

9:00 - 11:00 p.m.  Pilots After Dark (Pilot House)

Sunday, February 19

10:30 a.m.  All are welcome for Sunday Mass (Chapel of Christ the Teacher)

11:30 a.m.  Post-Mass Family Brunch (Bauccio Commons, Quiet Side)

1:30 p.m.    University Singers & Bel Canto concert (Buckley Center Auditorium)

4:00 p.m.    University Chamber Orchestra concert (Buckley Center Auditorium)

  • The UP Chamber Orchestra will perform a wide variety of works inspired by sights and sounds from each composers' home: Argentina, China, England and Romania. Join us for a lively concert filled with dances and serenades.