CU Denver Kicks Off the Fall Semester

August 28, 2023

As we head into the third week of the fall semester, we want to take a moment to recognize the people and efforts that make CU Denver so special. This is especially clear at the beginning of a new academic year, when our downtown Denver campus comes to life with thousands of students, faculty, and staff. This year’s welcome back activities featured something for everyone, from a move-in day for new students and their families to a snow cone social for international students and our beloved Block Party. We’ve captured some of these moments in photos so that we can continue to celebrate the start of the 2023-24 academic year.

Move-In Day: A Family Affair

City Heights Residence Hall welcomed hundreds of first-year students who will be living in the heart of our urban campus. CU Denver leaders, including Chancellor Michelle Marks, stopped by to greet some of the university’s newest members and their loved ones.

Welcoming Our International Students—and Cooling Off With Snow Cones!

International students—who hail from 80 countries—gathered at the Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center for a special welcome to campus. They mingled, engaged in photo ops with Milo and the Chancellor, and cooled off in the summer heat with snow cones.

Celebrating Beginnings at New Student Convocation

This year’s New Student Convocation at the Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center welcomed about 3,000 new students to CU Denver. Chancellor Marks offered words of wisdom to the students as they begin their educational journey. She encouraged them to try new things, meet people from different backgrounds, seek out new ideas, and take care of themselves. 

Energy is High for First Day of Classes

Goodbye, summer! Monday, Aug. 21 marked the first official day of classes.

Welcome Activities Culminate with Block Party

CU Denver closed out its welcome back activities with a celebration for everyone who lives, works, or studies in downtown Denver. The 11th annual Block Party drew more than 3,500 people to Lawrence Street for interactive games, food truck fare, photo ops with Milo, giveaways, and more.