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Welcome Week

Welcome Week is designed to support new and returning students in their ongoing transition to University Park and State College through intentional activities, events, and programs that reinforce our Penn State Values. Welcome Week begins with Arrival, includes required activities the week before the start of the semester, and continues through the first few weeks of the semester.

Welcome Week for Summer Session II begins with arrival on Saturday, June 26 and continues through Friday, July 2. A preliminary event calendar featuring both in-person and virtual events that kick off the semester is availble now.

President's New Student Convocation serves as the official introduction to the academic life and traditions at Penn State. Grab your Convocation t-shirt when you arrive on campus and join us on Saturday, August 21 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

We're planning Arrival, Welcome Week, and Extended Orientation starting Monday, August 16. New students living on-campus for the first time will be able to sign up for an arrival date between Monday, August 16 and Thursday, August 19. We're still working on many details, including physical distancing, masking requirements, and potential costs for an early arrival. Later this summer, you'll have an opportunity to sign up for your preferred arrival time. We encourage you to use these dates in your planning, but not to book hotel or flights until your arrival date and time is secure.

Your Welcome Week schedule will include Extended Orientation. Extended Orientation is required for all students new to living on campus, and builds on the important information you learned in your virtual New Student Orientation program.

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