Students will soar to “new heights” during Mississippi University for Women’s Blues Week 23.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Life, Blues Week is an annual event that welcomes new and returning students to The W’s campus each fall. A week’s worth of programming gets students ready to take on the new school year.

Group of Students

Blues Week kicks off at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, with Move-In Day. It will continue at 7:30 p.m. with Floor Meetings in Nissan Auditorium, which will be sponsored by the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Events Tuesday will conclude with Karaoke, also at Nissan Auditorium, immediately after the floor meetings.

While the next eight days will be packed full of events, the highlight is sure to be the hot air balloon rides. Saturday, Aug. 12, The W Counseling Center, Housing and Residence Life and the Student Programming Board are teaming to offer free hot air balloon rides to students beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Pohl Green Space.

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Highlights of Blues Week 23:

Beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, Student Life, Development and Alumni and MUW Archives will offer ghost tours, starting at Fant Library.

At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, SPB will offer a rock-climbing wall at the Stark backyard.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, Campus Recreation, Student Life and Alumni will host a luau pool party at the Stark pool and backyard.

At 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14 (first day of classes), Student Life will host an organization fair in Pohl Gymnasium, highlighting the multitude of campus organizations students can become involved in. Housing and Residence Life will also host a late-night breakfast at 8 p.m.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, the Baptist Student Union (BSU) will host a Back to School Bash.

About The W

Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

Be Bold. Tower with Blue.