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Argo Arrival 2023

Celebrate the start of the semester at Argo Arrival!

Argo Arrival is the University of West Florida's official welcome season for our new and returning students. Kick off the new school year, explore involvement opportunities, have fun, and meet new people. Stay informed about events, opportunities to connect with your peers, and more via this site and the #ArgoArrival hashtag. Argo Arrival events are free for all current students with a valid Nautilus Card.


Signature Events

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Family Welcome

August 17
10 a.m.-noon
Martin Hall, Building 920

FREE Snacks • Photobooth

Parent and Family Association welcomes new students and their families to campus for residence hall Move-In Day. Take the opportunity to stop by the Parent and Family Association tent just outside of Martin Hall to get your picture taken in our pop-up photo booth, discuss membership benefits, learn about Family Weekend and relax with other families.

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New Student Convocation

August 18
Doors: 2:30 p.m.; Program: 3-4 p.m.
Field House, Building 54

New Student Convocation welcomes new students and their families into the UWF community. Take part in this traditional event to receive a UWF medallion, hear from University leaders, learn more about your college, get tips from current students, learn the UWF Fight Song and more. Dress to impress because there will be opportunities to meet senior University leadership.

Can't make the in-person event? Join the event's live webcast.

New Student Convocation
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Club U-Dub

August 18
7-10 p.m.
University Commons, Building 22

FREE Food • Games • Music • Merch

Club U-Dub is an event you don’t want to miss! Come party with us and our DJs, ride a mechanical bull, compete in glow-in-the-dark games, sing karaoke, paint a masterpiece and more! Whether you like activities that are high-energy or low-energy, there is something for everyone. Free snacks, drinks and merch will be provided.

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Screen on the Green

August 19
Seating: 7:30 p.m.; Movie: 8-10 p.m.
Cannon Green

Movie • FREE Popcorn and Snacks

Grab a friend and meet us on the Cannon Green for a surprise outdoor movie experience! The first 100 Argos can get a FREE blanket or you can bring your own. We will also provide popcorn, other snacks and drinks.

Check our Instagram @uwfengagement to find out what movie is playing before the event!

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Beach Bash

August 20
Noon-2 p.m.
Pensacola Beach 

FREE Food • Games • Music • Transportation

Don't miss this opportunity to join other Argos on an escape to Pensacola Beach. You'll enjoy the experience of a live DJ playing all your favorite hits, playing games in the sand, and relaxing before classes begin. We will provide food/snacks, drinks, and games. Don't forget to bring extra water and sun protection (i.e., sunscreen, umbrellas, hats). *Please Note: This is an alcohol-free event.

Transportation to and from the beach will be provided to the first 250 Argos who come to the Great Hall by 10:30 a.m. Buses will depart from Parking Lot H at 11 a.m. Buses will be departing the beach on a rotational schedule until 2 p.m.

Beach Bash will take place at Pensacola Beach Park East. There will be Argo Arrival wind feathers leading into the parking lot.


Fraternity and Sorority Life Kickoff

August 22
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
University Commons Great Hall, Building 22

16 Fraternities and Sororities • FREE Food • Music

Meet UWF’s 16 fraternities and sororities while enjoying free food and music in the Commons Great Hall! Learn about the opportunities for formal recruitment and how you can get involved with Fraternity and Sorority Life at UWF.

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Argopalooza Involvement Fair

August 25
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
University Commons Great Hall and Auditorium, Building 22

85+ Student Orgs • FREE Snacks

Join us at Argopalooza to find out how to make your college journey more impactful. You'll have the opportunity to discover UWF’s 85+ student organizations and learn about the opportunities to get involved with the university's clubs, organizations and departments.

Additional Argo Arrival Events


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Donuts with the Deans

August 21
8:30-10:30 a.m.
Around Campus

FREE Donuts

Be on the lookout for the Dean of Students Office staff members who will be driving around campus and giving out free donuts to students to celebrate the first day of classes! 


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Yard Games Open House

August 21-24
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Courtyard and Office Suites, Building 21

FREE Snacks • Games

Come get to know First Year Advising, Tutoring and Learning Resources and Campus Culture and Access by joining us for yard games and a snack. Games will include cornhole, lawn bowling, ladder toss, and Jenga. 

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Study Abroad Open House

August 24
3-5 p.m.
International Center, Building 71

FREE International Treats

Stop by the International Center for free international treats and learn more about study abroad programs, destinations, and scholarships! UWF has study abroad opportunities that are affordable, accessible, inclusive, and designed with you in mind! Come see us and find out more.

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Argo Oasis

August 24
7-9 p.m.
Cannon Green

Contests • Kona Ice
Aloha Argos! Paradise awaits you at Argo Oasis in the form of a mechanical shark, limbo, hula hoop contest, and Kona Ice. Come out and meet new friends and the Campus Activity Board (CAB) team!

Open House

August 29
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Building 19

Free Treats • Door Prizes

Join Career Development and Community Engagement, Housing and Residence Life, and Student Accessibility Resources for some fun! Come learn about Handshake, explore the NEW Student Accessibility Resource Center, meet staff, and enjoy some free treats and door prizes!

Dean’s Challenge Ping Pong Tournament

August 30
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
University Commons Argo Galley Game Room, Building 22

FREE Snacks • FREE Drinks

Dr. Anderson is back for another Dean’s Challenge Ping Pong tournament! Will you be the next champion? This tournament is open to all students and free to participate in. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Get Ready for Argo Arrival!

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Download Argo Pulse

Use the Argo Pulse app for easy check-in at the signature Argo Arrival events!

Argo Pulse on Google Play

Argo Pulse on the App Store

Visit Argo Pulse online
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Bring your Nautilus Card

Argo Arrival is FREE for UWF students, so don’t forget your Nautilus Card.

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Text Argo Info

During Argo Arrival and year-round, the Argo Info text line is here for you: 850.266.7750. Ask questions. Get answers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Follow Student Engagement @uwfengagement on Instagram for the most up-to-date information on all things Argo Arrival! Keep following along after Argo Arrival for ways to stay engaged and get involved all year long.

Events are free to current students, so please bring your valid Nautilus Card to each event. You can get the most from specific events by coming prepared. For instance, bring your sunglasses and sunscreen to Argopalooza, and dress to impress for New Student Convocation.

You don’t need to register or sign up ahead of time. Staff will be on-site to get you signed in at each event, so just be sure to bring your valid Nautilus Card.

Drinks, food, and snacks will be available at most Argo Arrival events. Check the event details above for more specific information.

Argo Arrival events are for currently enrolled UWF students. Family members of new students are invited to attend New Student Convocation and Family Welcome, but all other events are for students only.