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University Honors Program Welcome Retreat


Join us August 17-18, 2016 at YMCA Camp Kern!

The University Honors Program's Welcome Retreat is a tradition that has been going strong for over a decade. Every year 200 incoming first-year students participate in this overnight experience to form relationships with peers, learn about UC, and have fun! Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a pre-retreat social activity the evening of Aug. 16th. The retreat is led by upper-class UHP students who look forward to sharing their experiences with the incoming class. The retreat takes place just prior to the start of fall semester classes at YMCA Camp Kern in Oregonia, OH. Capacity is limited and is met on a first-come, first-served basis. All retreat participants are also eligible to move-in to campus housing early if they choose.

Other Commitments?

Students participating in the following programs may not be able to participate in the Welcome Retreat:

  • UC Bearcat Band's camp
  • CCM Auditions and Programming (all majors except E-Media)
  • International Student Check-in & Orientation

Steps to Register

The deadline to register this summer was Friday, July 22, 2016. We will be posting details about registering for next year's retreat spring semester of 2017.

If you haven't yet submitted your forms or waivers, please select the next tab.

Please print and complete the waivers and forms below. You may submit them in one of three ways:

  • Scan and email them to
  • Bring them with you to the University Honors session on Day 1 of Bearcat Bound Orientation. We have a special session starting at 8:00am that you should attend.
  • Mail them to the following address:

University Honors Program
ATTN: Honors Welcome Retreat
700 Swift Hall
PO Box 210007
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0007


The cost to attend the retreat is $50, but do not send us cash or check. This cost will be added to your student bill once your completed registration and waiver forms have been received. You will pay for the retreat when you pay the rest of your fall semester student bill.

Note on Cancellations: 

Cancellations received on or after Friday, July 29, 2016 cannot be refunded. Cancellations made on or prior to Thursday, July 28, 2016 will be refunded.

Move Into Your Residence Hall Before Retreat

Students attending the retreat who have an on-campus residence hall assignment can move into their room beginning on August 16th if they choose. Students will be required to pay an early move-in fee of $25/night for every night prior to the official opening day of their assigned residence hall. Generally, the residence halls open on either the Wednesday or Thursday before classes (depending on the hall) so students will pay either $25 or $50, payable to Housing and Food Services. The charge will be added to your student bill by the Housing and Food Services office prior to arrival.

But Wait...

To find the residence hall opening schedule and sign up for early move-in authorization, contact Housing and Food Services. 

Students moving into University Park Apartments or other affiliated university housing should contact the management office for personal arrangements.

Meal plans generally do not begin until the first day when the residence halls officially open. So while students participating in the retreat have an opportunity to move in early, dining options are limited or available on a cash or credit card basis.