GatorFest! 2023 || All Gators Are Welcome!

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Every year, GatorFest! celebrates the return of the start of the academic year at SF State. All students are welcome! GatorFest! is an opportunity to start strong, make new connections, join clubs & organizations, learn more about the University's resources and services, explore San Francisco, and celebrate being a Gator! 

See more details below! 



The 2023 GatorFest! Schedule!

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Spotlight Events!

Health Promotion & Wellness Fun Fest

Location: Malcolm X Plaza

Date: October 5, 2023

Time: 11 AM - 2 PM

Wags for Wellness #2

Location: Outside Health Promotion & Wellness Office (Google Maps Location Link)

Date: October 11, 2023

Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Description: Hosted by Health Promotion & Wellness, the Wags for Wellness Program aims to build community through stress relief activities and raise awareness of campus mental health and wellness resources. Studies show animals can help relieve anxiety, and petting a dog or cat can lower blood pressure. We hope you will come out to pet one of our visiting therapy animals! Therapy Animals are certified assisted therapy animals from the SF SPCA. For more information and updates, please visit HPW - Wags for Wellness.

Are You Ready!?

Each week the GatorFest! Schedule is updated leading up to Move-In Weekend!

Welcome to the Entering Class of 2023. We have amazing programs and events celebrating your arrival.

Check back to this webpage for the latest GatorFest! & Week of Welcome (WOW) schedule.



IMPORTANT: Sign the GatorFest! Waiver

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Spotlight Events!

Jessica Care Moore Reading

Location: Marcus Hall Studio 1

Date: October 13, 2023

Time: 6:15 PM

Description: The SF State Foundation, The Division of Equity & Community Inclusion, and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management are teaming up to bring you a powerful event with Jessica Care Moore. Tickets required. Tickets free for Students.

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Mashouf Wellness Center Pool Party

Location: Mashouf Wellness Center

Date: October 13, 2023

Description: Dive into the fun at our Pool Party! Join us at the Mashouf Wellness Center for a refreshing afternoon of swimming, water games, and good times with fellow Gators. Details regarding timing will be announced soon.

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Student Life Events

New Gator Family Reception

ChompFest! 2023

Entering Year Pinning Ceremony & Entering Class Photo 

Board Game Nights

The Student Life Carnival

Drag Queen Bingo

Greek Block Party

Rec the Night!

City Tours with Residential Life

Beach Bonfire

Academic Events

Starting Strong: Orientation Refresher

Twas the Night Before Classes

Know Your Syllabus

Emailing Your Professor

Building Your Semester Calendar (Important Dates & Deadlines!)



Skating Gators Roller Rink Event


Screen on the Green (Movie Nights) 

Comedy Shows

Silent Disco

eSports Watch Parties

Gators Go See the Giants (Baseball)