Columbia, Mo. — Students from around the state and the country arrived on main campus last week to begin their college experience. Through orientation events and college traditions, the class of 2017 became official members of the Columbia College community.

This transition was documented with social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) from move-in to the start of classes and will continue to be updated through early September. These media are best viewed using Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari.

Aug. 14 and 15

Columbia College freshmen moved into Banks, Miller and Hughes residence halls #CCWelcome.

Aug. 15

New students and their families have lunch in Dulany Dining Hall after moving in to their dorms.

Students waited eagerly to officially receive Columbia College pins and become Cougars at the traditional pinning ceremony for new students.

New students were welcomed to campus by Interim President Dr. Terry Smith, and they received their pin from faculty members.

Congratulations, and welcome to the Columbia College class of 2017.

New students broke the ice and played games at “Let’s Get It Started.”

At the Traditions Dinner, new students received a “road map” of Columbia College traditions.

Aug. 16

New students were joined by upperclassmen to kick off the first weekend with “Chaos in the Cage.”

Aug. 17

Columbia College students explored Rock Bridge Memorial State Park while on the “All Out Adventure” day trip. Students could choose from four trips that allowed them to bond with each other and get to know Missouri.

Students on the “All Out Adventure” day trip also went zip lining in New Florence, Mo., with Eco Zipline Tours.

Aug. 18

The college community waited on Bass Commons for new students to #StormTheGate.

The class of 2017 stormed Rogers Gate with Scooter!

The Columbia College community celebrated Storm the Gate, and then a flash mob broke out!

Aug. 19

Classes in the brand new Brouder Science Center were held on the first day of school. See a walkthrough of the building before it was open, and watch the installation of the Genome sculpture by Larry Young ’76.

Aug. 20

Tuesday’s Welcome Back Bash had bounce houses, sports, games, a photo booth and other fun activities for students to enjoy.

Aug. 23

Students got to know faculty members, including Dr. Terry Smith, interim president, at Putt Putt, Ping Pong and Pool with Professors.

Sept. 3

At the second annual Hey Day on Bass Commons, students met with student organizations and local businesses to learn how to get involved.

Sept. 6

A Zombie Dance Party included zombifying face painting along with ripped up shirts and fake blood. The event also included a photo booth, zombie Twister and the dance itself.