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Upcoming Welcome Week Events

Welcome Programs is a collaborative effort between many departments and offices across the University Park campus, designed to welcome new and returning students to campus at the start of the semester. Funded in part by your student-initiated fees via the University Park Student Fee Board, these events are open to all current students (new and returning, graduate and undergraduate) and come at no additional cost.

Explore the full list of upcoming Spring Welcome events below. We are continuously adding more events to our program lineup, so continue to check back as more events are added throughout the weeks ahead leading up to Spring Welcome.

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 welcome@psu.edu 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.


Interested in having your event on the Welcome Programs calendar? Student organizations and campus departments can submit events here for review.


Date Time Location Event Description
January 7
2:00 PM
Bryce Jordan Center Women's Basketball vs. Purdue

Join the Lady Lions as they take on the Purdue Boilermakers! This event is FREE for Penn State students!

January 7
4:00 PM
Recreation Hall Men's Gymnastics vs. Army

Come to the first Men's Gymnastics session of the season. Free food will be given out to students who attend the meet!

January 7
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
HUB-Robeson Center, Freeman Auditorium Movie Night: Black Adam

Whether you got a chance to see Black Adam in theaters or not, join us in the HUB-Robeson Center to escape the cold and enjoy Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the titular character, Black Adam.

From New Line Cinema, Dwayne Johnson stars in the action adventure, Black Adam. The first-ever feature film to explore the story of the DC Super Hero comes to the big screen under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (Jungle Cruise). In ancient Kahndaq, Teth Adam was bestowed the almighty powers of the gods. After using these powers for vengeance, he was imprisoned, becoming Black Adam. Nearly 5,000 years have passed and Black Adam has gone from man, to myth, to legend. Now released, his unique form of justice, born out of rage, is challenged by modern day heroes who form the Justice Society: Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Atom Smasher and Cyclone.

January 8
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
HUB-Robeson Center, Heritage Hall Transfer and Change-of-Campus Student Welcome

Kick off the start of the spring semester by connecting with other change-of-campus and transfer students! In addition to learning about the last-minute items you need to know before the semester starts, you will have the opportunity to get to know other students who are new to the University Park campus and hear from our panel of current students. A meal coupon will be provided after the event so you can enjoy a free meal in one of the dining commons.

If you plan on joining us for this welcome session, let us know by securing your spot in our reservation system.

January 8
1:30 PM
Thomas Building, Rm. 102 Eberly College of Science Spring Welcome

New first-year, transfer, and change-of-campus students in the Eberly College of Science are invited to attend our college welcome. Then, don't forget to join us again for our Winter Warm-up event on Thursday for hot chocolate and cookies.

Attendance is expected for all new first-year students in the Eberly College of Science. New transfer and change-of-campus students are encouraged to attend.

January 8
1:30 PM
Agricultural Science and Industries Building, Rm. 101 College of Agricultural Sciences Spring Welcome

Welcome to the College of Agricultural Sciences! Join faculty, staff, and other students in learning about resources and opportunities available in our college.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Attendance is expected for all new first-year, transfer, and change-of-campus students in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

January 8
1:30 PM
Sparks Building, Rm. 121 College of the Liberal Arts Spring Welcome

Welcome to the College of the Liberal Arts. Join us to learn about the resources and support available to you as a Liberal Arts student. A presentation will be followed by a resource fair and refreshments where you will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow students, administrators, faculty, and staff.

Attendance is expected for all new first-year students in the College of the Liberal Arts. New transfer and change-of-campus students are encouraged to attend.

January 8
1:30 PM
Carnegie Building, Rm. 113 Bellisario College of Communications Spring Welcome

The Bellisario College of Communications welcomes first-year, transfer, and change-of-campus students to the University Park campus! Please come to the official College Welcome Meeting to learn about important academic dates like the add/drop deadlines; how to get in touch with offices like the advising office, the diversity and inclusion office, and the career planning and internships office; and information about majors and minors. We look forward to seeing you!

Attendance is expected for all new first-year students in the Bellisario College of Communications. New transfer and change-of-campus students are encouraged to attend as well.

January 8
1:30 PM to 2:15 PM
Borland Building, Rm. 104 College of Arts and Architecture Spring Welcome

The College of Arts and Architecture looks forward to welcoming all new first-year, transfer, and change-of-campus students for spring 2023. Please join us for an informal meet and greet to learn about the College and the resources available as you start your journey at University Park.

Attendance is expected for all new first-year students in the College of Arts and Architecture. New transfer and change-of-campus students are encouraged to attend as well.

January 8
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Westgate Building, Reese's Café College of Information Sciences and Technology Spring Welcome

Please join the faculty, staff, and other students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology to learn more about the College ​and important information before the spring semester begins. We look forward to celebrating your new beginning at University Park.

Attendance is expected for all new first-year students in the ​College of Information Sciences and Technology. New change-of-campus students are encouraged to attend.

January 8
1:30 PM
Hammond Building, Rm. 220 College of Engineering Spring Welcome

The College of Engineering is excited to welcome all incoming engineering students.  Join us to hear an overview of the programs, resources, and support available to students in the college. Participants will have the chance to hear from various students, faculty, and staff here at University Park.

Attendance is expected for all new students (first-year and change-of-campus) in the College of Engineering.

January 8
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Henderson Building, Rm. 110 College of Health and Human Development Spring Welcome

Welcome to HHD! During this welcome meeting, you'll become familiar with college and campus resources, learn about our values and expectations, and have a chance to connect with fellow students. After the meeting, the warm welcome will continue with cookies and hot cocoa.

Attendance is expected for all new first-year students in the College of Health and Human Development. New transfer and change-of-campus students are encouraged to attend as well.

January 8
1:30 PM
Deike Building, Rm. 22 College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Spring Welcome

Join faculty, staff, and other students in learning about resources and opportunities available in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Students will meet members of the EMS community, learn how to get started on the right foot, and make the most of their time in Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Attendance is expected for all new first-year students in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. New transfer and change-of-campus students are encouraged to attend as well.

January 8
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Various Locations Academic College 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 Sunday, January 8 between 1:30 and 3:30 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.

January 8
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Chambers Building, Rm. 108 College of Education Spring Welcome

Please join the academic advisers and the College of Education leadership to learn more about what the College has to offer, and to receive some important information before the spring semester begins. We look forward to welcoming you to the family of Penn State educators!

Attendance is expected for all new first-year students in the College of Education. New transfer students are encouraged to attend as well.

January 8
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Campus Traditions Bus Tour for Transfer and Change-of-Campus Students

Get to know University Park by participating in the Campus Traditions Bus Tour for Change-of-Campus and Transfer Students. We’ll be hosting these tours on Sunday, January 8 as part of our welcome events designed exclusively for change-of-campus and transfer students. Space is limited, so visit your Change-of-Campus Tasklist to sign up today and to view more details!

January 9
9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
HUB-Robeson Center, Galbraith Lounge First Day of Class Photo Booth

Stop by our photo booth to commemorate your first day of class as a Nittany Lion. We'll have plenty of props for you to choose from, so all you need to do is bring some friends and some fun!

January 10
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center Lobby Welcome Games at Pasquerilla

Welcome back students! Stop by the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center to meet the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development. We will have games, food, and adult coloring in the lobby to catch up after the break. Please join us!

January 11
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Rm. 105 Pasquerilla & Dragons

Calling all adventurers! Come by and join the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development and the Collegiate Recovery Community for a casual game of Dungeons and Dragons. Join us for fun, laughs, and fantasy. The group meets weekly at 6:00 p.m. in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Rm. 105 (the CRC Lounge). Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Sessions every Wednesday!

January 11
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
HUB-Robeson Center, Heritage Hall Wednesday Night Trivia

Join us for four rounds of Brain Teaser Trivia, where we're giving away cash prizes totaling $200! The one who answers the most correct answers the fastest wins. Think you have what it takes to take home the gold?

You will be asked to check into this event upon arrival via the Corq app. For more information, check out our Corq webpage.

January 12
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Ritenour Building, Lower Level Eberly College of Science Winter Warm-up

All students in the Eberly College of Science are invited to join us for hot chocolate and cookies, and for a chance to mingle with faculty, staff, and other new and returning students in the Eberly College of Science.

January 12
8:15 PM to 9:45 PM
Pegula Ice Arena (Gate C) Rock the Ice

Lean into the winter spirit by attending this free skate at Pegula Ice Arena! We've opened up the rink for you and your new friends to join us for an evening of laughs and cool temps! All students are welcome, and no experience is necessary. You're welcome to bring your own pair of skates if you have them, or take advantage of the free skate rental when you get here. Make sure to enter at Gate C, across the parking lot from Holuba Hall and the Tennis Center (map.psu.edu).

You will be asked to check into this event upon arrival via the Corq app. For more information, check out our Corq webpage.

January 13
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
HUB-Robeson Center, First Floor Equity & Inclusion Winter Carnival

Few things are more important than finding your community here on campus. Join us for our Equity & Inclusion Winter Carnival, where we aim to affirm and celebrate the diversity of the Penn State student body while working to connect you with student organizations and campus-wide departments here to help you succeed. We'll have engagement stations, entertainment, and carnival food and activities throughout the HUB all afternoon long, so stop by for a caricature, to try your hand at skee ball, or to watch a number of students perform for the entire carnival.

January 13
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
HUB-Robeson Center, Alumni Hall Opulence Presents: Drag Bingo

Back by popular demand! We were blown away by your excitement for Drag Bingo during our Fall Welcome, so we're bringing it back! Join us for another night of bingo, big prizes, and even bigger hair. This event is proudly hosted by and features performances from Opulence, Penn State's drag performance student group.

You will be asked to check into this event upon arrival via the Corq app. For more information, check out our Corq webpage.

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