Welcome to Fall 2023, Panthers!

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FIU is excited to welcome you to the Fall 2023 semester! We've planned a week's worth of exciting events and information sessions featuring food, fun and giveaways to help you kick off the semester right. There's something for everyone!

Featured Events

Don't miss these signature FIU welcome events!


Monday, August 21

Join thousands of Panthers on the turf at FIU Football Stadium to celebrate a successful first day of Fall 2023 – there will be food trucks, lawn games, a Greek BBQ, and so much more! F1RST NIGHT is the perfect way to kick off the semester, meet new friends, and see how you can get involved in the exciting campus life at FIU! 

Countdown to Homecoming

Panther Luau

Thursday, August 24

Hawaiian-style food, fun and music await Panthers in the WUC Ballrooms! Head north to BBC for an exciting afternoon at the bay.

Full Schedule of Events

Monday, August 21

College Life Coaching 101
2:30-3:30 p.m. | GC 305
Attend this workshop to get a taste of the College Life Coaching program by utilizing a powerful coaching tool and setting academic goals.

SGA Senate Meeting
4-6 p.m. | GC 150/WUC 155
Student Government Association members are reminded to attend the weekly senate meeting. This meeting is open to all students.

5-10 p.m. | FIU Football Stadium
F1RST NIGHT is one of FIU's newest and largest traditions. Join thousands of Panthers on the turf at FIU Football Stadium to celebrate a successful first day of Fall 2023 – there will be food trucks, lawn games, a Greek BBQ, and so much more! You'll also have the opportunity to learn about Fraternity and Sorority Life and meet with dozens of student organizations and university departments. F1RST NIGHT is the perfect way to kick off the semester, meet new friends, and see how you can get involved in the exciting campus life at FIU! 

Tuesday, August 22

Videogame & Tech Lending Showcase @ the Library
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Green Library, Second Floor
Come play retro-style arcade games while you learn about all the tech the library has to offer at this interactive device showcase. From 360 cameras and VR headsets to vinyl record players and projectors, there's something for all to discover. Best of all: It's all free to borrow from the library!

Scoop What You Need
12-2 p.m. | GC Pit
Head over to the GC Pit for an ice cream social! Enjoy frozen treats, grab some free school supplies, and learn how you can get involved with FIU's vibrant campus life by visiting the Panther Connect online hub.

SGA Burritour
2-4 p.m. | GC 230 and GC 150
Interested in participating in student government? Meet the SGA team and enjoy free Chipotle burritos (available on a first come, first served basis).

HRE's Silent Disco
4-6 p.m. | Parkview Terrace
Incoming Panther residents are invited to join FIU Housing & Residential Experience for a silent disco.

NPHC 101
6-8 p.m. | Parkview Hall Multipurpose Room
NPHC 101 aims to inform students about the National Pan-Hellenic Council's collective impact on campus and the broader community. Students will learn about each organization's mission, values and commitment to leadership, scholarship and community service.

Panther Camp Roaryal Dodgeball Tournament
6-8 p.m. | Parkview Turf
Did you attend Panther Camp in 2023? Join us for a reunion and dodgeball tournament! RSVP online

Wednesday, August 23

21st-Century Critical Skills: Learn About FIU Micro-Credentials
2-4 p.m. | PC 112
FIU offers dozens of free micro-credential certificates to help students gain the skills critical to excel in the 21st-century workforce. Learn about the artifical intelligence, data and emotional intelligence micro-credentials in this workshop.

The Pride Center's "Queer Success with Sprinkles"
3-4 p.m. | GC 216
Join the FIU Pride Center to connect with other students, learn about opportunities for the year, eat DONUTS, and win PRIZES!

RHA's Welcome Splash
4:30-6:30 p.m. | Housing Quad
This event is open to FIU's housing residents. 

NPHC Food Pantry Collection
6-8 p.m. | GC 243
Join NPHC in our first service event of the semester, the FIU Student Pantry Food Drive. Help make a positive impact in our community and support fellow students in need by collecting food items for the FIU Student Food Pantry.

Thursday, August 24

We've Got Your Six
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | GC 243
Are you a veteran or military-affiliated student? Stop by this campus/community resource fair to learn about the opportunities and services available to you at FIU.

Panhellenic Promotional Event: Involved Women
5-7 p.m. | GC Lawns
Come get to know more about the Panhellenic Council prior to Fall Formal Recruitment! You will be able to chat and ask questions about how our sororities are involved both on campus and in the South Florida community!

NPHC Divine Education
6-8 p.m. | GL 100
The Energetic Study Hall Hangout at GL 100 aims to reimagine the traditional study hall experience into a lively and interactive gathering. This event seeks to create an engaging space for students to receive study tips and work on assignments while providing opportunities for socializing, collaborating and connecting with fellow Panthers.

Women's Soccer Home Game vs. Jacksonville
7-9 p.m. | FIU Soccer Stadium
Cheer on your Panthers in their first home game of the season!

Friday, August 25

Healthy Living Program's Housing Fair
12-4 p.m. | Tamiami Promenade
Come see what services and resources FIU's Healthy Living Program has to offer students!

Women's Equality Day
12-3 p.m. | FIU Bookstore, Second Floor
Join the FIU Women's Center to celebrate Women's Equality and learn more about our Fall 2023 events.

Meet PantherNOW and The Roar
1-2 p.m. | PCA 180
Meet the team of the student-run newspaper and radio station, and learn how you can be involved!

BSU State of the Union
6:30-9 p.m. | GC Ballrooms
This annual, foundational event is an opportunity for the bureau to give the FIU community information on the "state of the Black Student Union" and issues facing students of the African Diaspora at FIU, receive and give recommendations for the university to consider, and highlight the initiatives for the academic year.

NPHC Campus Celebration
9-11 p.m. | GC Lawns
Join BSU and NPHC as we celebrate the start of the academic year in a fun and inclusive atmosphere. This is an opportunity for students to come together and unwind from the first week of classes with a DJ, food truck, snacks and giveaways!

NOTE: Panthers Got Talent and Homecoming Court applications close on Friday, August 25! Visit the FIU Homecoming website for more information. 

Saturday, August 26

FIU Volleyball Home Match vs. Maryland
Time TBA | Ocean Bank Convocation Center
Cheer on the Panthers in their first home match of the season!