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Extended Orientation

Are you joining us on-campus at University Park this fall? Then your participation in Extended Orientation programming is required as part of your Welcome Week experience.

If you were admitted to University Park for summer and fall 2020 and choose Flex Start or to Start at Home this fall, you will be required to complete the extended orientation at the start of your first semester on campus.

Extended Orientation begins the evening that you arrive with a required floor meeting with your resident assistant (RA). The next day you will participate in further extended orientation programming. These sessions build on the foundational messages delivered during Virtual Orientation, including alcohol and drug use and abuse; sexual assault prevention and response; and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Throughout the week, you will also get an introduction to the classroom environment (in-person, remote, and mixed-mode); have opportunities to practice navigating a physically distanced campus; and learn about life in State College.

Here’s some more info about your extended orientation:

  • You will be automatically assigned to your extended orientation programming based on when you arrive on campus. You will access your schedule via Corq (click here for more info). 
  • You should plan to be busy on the evening you arrive the following day. 
  • You are not able to adjust your assigned extended orientation programming dates and time. 
  • You must successfully fulfill the required extended orientation programming before you can participate in any other programming scheduled to take place that week offered by your academic college, department, scholarship program, student organization, or community agency.
  • You should not make any travel plans that would conflict with required programming or increase potential health risks to the community.

Have questions about extended orientation? Check out our frequently asked questions below.

We have you covered. Email for information on getting scheduled for your extended orientation program.

If you are participating in a University-sponsored pre-arrival program or activity, we have made arrangements directly with the coordinators of those programs for your participation. Connect with your program coordinator to learn more.

Welcome! You, too, will be expected to participate in extended orientation. We sent an email on August 12 with instructions on how to indicate your preferred Extended Orientation program. If you can’t find that email or need additional help, email

While we expect new first-year students to arrive on campus by Thursday, August 20, we understand that family and travel schedules don’t always allow for that to happen. We have extended orientation programs taking place throughout the weekend to accommodate your arrival.

We’re happy to help get your questions answered. Please email