Signature Events

Some of our events during Welcome Programs have become what we call Signature Events -- large-scale, must-do events that bring together the entire student body to really showcase what it means to be a Penn Stater. These traditions work to unify the student body, raise school spirit, and make you proud to be a Nittany Lion and can be found throughout all of our Welcome Programs. While you’re encouraged to participate in any and all events that pique your interest, Signature Events are those events that you really don’t want to miss out on.

Below is a list of Signature Events for Summer Welcome and Fall Welcome 2023. This will continue to be updated as we near the start of the semester, so be sure to check back often!

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the access provided, please contact Ben Giuliana, Assistant Director for Welcome Programs at or call (814) 865-4178 at least two weeks prior to the start of the program to allow sufficient time to effectively meet your access needs.

Date Time Location Event Description
June 27
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Various Locations Academic College Summer Welcomes

Each of our academic colleges will host its own welcome for new first-year students. In order to get important, college-specific information about how to best set you up for success here at University Park, attendance for new first-year students is expected. All academic college welcomes will take place on Tuesday, June 27 between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Please visit our Academic College Welcomes webpage to learn specifics about where and when your college welcome will be held.

Please note: Attendance for new first-year students is expected at these welcomes. Some colleges will also invite transfer and change-of-campus students to these welcomes, or may host individual meetings for these populations as well. Please refer to the above webpage for more information.