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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.

Fall Welcome

Fall Welcome begins with your arrival to campus. Once you’re here, take advantage of all the great opportunities designed to get you connected to campus and meet other new Penn Staters. Many of our events are optional (but encouraged!) to attend, so check out the full list of upcoming events at:

Signature Events

Some of our Fall Welcome events are those large-scale events that have become mainstays and traditions on campus. Some of these are required (like the President’s New Student Convocation or the Academic College Welcomes), but many are optional. These events have been handpicked to get your experience as a Nittany Lion started off on the right foot. Leader more at:

President’s New Student Convocation

We look forward to welcoming all first-year students to the President’s New Student Convocation on Saturday, August 20. Please visit this page for more details:

Fall Welcome Leaders

Many of our Fall Welcome programs are staffed by our Welcome Leaders, returning students who volunteer to help welcome new and returning students to campus. If you are interested in volunteering as a Welcome Leader for future programming, you can learn more at:

For information about your Arrival to campus, visit