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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.

President's New Student Convocation

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.

Fall 2021 Welcome Week

Beginning with Arrival on Monday, August 16 and lasting through the first few weeks of the fall semester, Welcome Week is designed to welcome, introduce, and connect new students to resources and campus life at University Park. Check out the schedule of upcoming events here.

Spring Welcome 2022

To welcome new and returning students to campus at the start of the spring semester, Spring Welcome begins with Arrival (date TBD) and lasts throughout the first week of classes. This year, classes begin on Monday, January 10, 2022. Please check back shortly for a schedule of events.

Second-Year Students

Welcome -- or welcome back! Whether you joined us in person last year or participated remotely, all second-year students are encouraged to join any events during our welcome programs to help connect them to resources and other students on campus.

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