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Welcome Week

Our Welcome Programs are designed to support new and returning students in their ongoing transition to University Park and State College through intentional activities, events, and programs that help to reinforce our Penn State Values. Welcome Programs begin with Arrival and include both required and optional activities through the first few weeks of the semester.

Spring Welcome Week 2022

Spring Welcome is designed to welcome new and returning students to University Park, beginning with Arrival on Saturday, January 8, 2022 and lasting through the first week of classes. An online schedule of events can be found here

Spring Welcome Leaders

Many of our Spring Welcome programs and events are staffed by Spring Welcome Leaders, returning students who volunteered to help welcome new and returning students to campus. If you see them around campus in their pink volunteer shirts, don’t hesitate to ask questions or strike up a conversation. They’re here for you!


You likely have a lot of questions about transitioning to life in State College or what campus events are happening when you first arrive. Please email us at with any questions you may have. We want to make this time as seamless as possible for you and your network of support.

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