Welcome Week Schedule

Welcome Week Schedule

Events highlighted in red are Signature Events and are required for new students.

Date Event Description Time Location
Thursday, August 22 East Halls Hangout

Meet other new students and play volleyball, basketball, and yard games. At dusk, enjoy a movie under the stars. 

7:00 PM East Quad
Friday, August 23 to Saturday, August 24 Parents and Families Information Tables

The Penn State Parents Council welcomes you to campus and answers any last-minute questions at two key locations on campus. Whether you want to ask for directions, pick up a campus map, or talk with families who have already supported their student in a successful transition to Penn State. 

10:30 AM to 3:45 PM Curtin Road at Shields Building/ Pollock and Shortlidge Road Intersection
Friday, August 23 RA Meeting and Dinner

Eat dinner with your RA and learn about your community.

4:30 PM See your RA
Friday, August 23 BINGO

Play Bingo for a chance to win school supplies!

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Findlay Commons
Friday, August 23 Friday Night Lights

Meet the Park Avenue Army and pick up your free tee shirt (while supplies last) before making your way to Jeffrey Field to cheer on the Women's Soccer team in their home-opener.

6:00 PM East Quad
Friday, August 23 BINGO

Join us for a fun night of BINGO and prizes.

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Pollock Commons Rec Room
Saturday, August 24 Campus and Downtown Tours

Take an engaging tour of campus and downtown.

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Meet at Pollock Commons
Saturday, August 24 Floor Meeting and Dinner

Meet your Resident Assistant (RA), the other members of your floor, and talk about the importance of living in a community. Then, travel as a floor to eat dinner together. 

4:30 PM to 6:30 PM See your RA
Saturday, August 24 President's New Student Convocation

Join other members of the class of 2023 for the official academic welcome to the fall semester. 

7:45 PM Bryce Jordan Center
Saturday, August 24 LateNight

Make your way to the HUB-Robeson Center after Convocation for an evening filled with free food, magicians, acrobats, giveaways, arts and crafts, and escape rooms. 

9:00 PM HUB-Robeson Center
Sunday, August 25 Dean's Meetings

Your Dean's Meeting is the official welcome to your academic college. You will meet with staff to learn about academic advising, expectations, resources, and academic and co-curricular opportunities within your college.

A full schedule, including times and locations, is available here.

Various Locations
Sunday, August 25 Earth and Mineral Sciences Involvement Fair

Connect with and learn about clubs and organizations in EMS.

12:00 PM to 3:30 PM Ground Floor, Dieke Building
Sunday, August 25 Student-Led Art Tour

Conversations will be facilitated by current student interns, focusing on artists responding to the media, social justice, and the climate crisis. Bring your friends or come solo and meet fellow arts-interested students. 

3:00 PM HUB-Robeson Gallery
Sunday, August 25 MRC/ PRCC Orientation

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) and Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC) invite all first-year students who self-identify as African/black American, Latinx, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and American Indian to our orientation. Enjoy free food and entertainment. Hear from President Eric Barron. Get connected, meet your MRC counselor, PRCC staff, and your college's multicultural representation. Gain access to your campus resources and services.

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Sunday, August 25 Be A Part From the Start

Meet other new students and learn the history and traditions of Penn State. Learn about getting involved and acclimating to campus life. Hear from coaches and teams, philanthrophy organizations, performing groups, and more. Start your Penn State journey off on the right foot by seeing who WE ARE!

8:00 PM Rec Hall
Monday, August 26 to Tuesday, August 27 Paws Points

Need help finding your way around campus? Stop by a Paws Point, and volutneers will help you get to where you need to be. 

7:30 AM to 4:30 PM Various Locations
Monday, August 26 First Day of School Photo Booth

Snap a pic and share your first day with family and friends! 

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Shortlidge Mall
Monday, August 26 Health and Human Development Ice Cream Social

The HHD ice cream social is a great time for you to enjoy Creamery ice cream with faculty and staff from all of our departments and learn more about our student organizations. 

4:30 PM to 6:00 PM 110 Henderson Building
Monday, August 26 Trivia Night

Join us for a fun night of trivia competition and prizes!

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Pollock Commons Rec Room
Monday, August 26 Sip N Paint

Interact with other residents of East Halls and make decorations for your new room.

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Findlay Commons
Monday, August 26 South Halls BINGO

Come meet some new friends and win prizes while doing so.

6:00 PM Redifer Commons
Tuesday, August 27 New In Town

Join us for a welcoming social for first-year, transfer, and change-of-campus students where you can learn about the LGBTQA+ resources on campus and in town, meet staff, and make friends as the new semester begins. Light refreshments will be provided.

4:30 PM 233A HUB-Robeson Center
Tuesday, August 27 Ice Cream Social with Eco Reps

Enjoy free ice cream, get a succulent, and learn about the Eco Reps initiative. 

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM East Quad
Tuesday, August 27 Welcome Week Field Day

South Halls will host a field day competition among residents with events in Kan Jam, corn hole, giant tic tac toe, and giant Jenga to name a few. There will be snacks, drinks, and prizes!

6:00 PM Redifer Commons
Tuesday, August 27 Campus Traditions Tour

Join us on one of the famous Blue Buses as we take you on a tour of campus and downtown, highlighting some of the traditions that Penn Staters love. Buses depart every 15 minutes.

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Redifer Commons
Tuesday, August 27 MRC Change-of-Campus & Transfer Orientation

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) invites all change-of-campus and transfer students who self-identify as African/black American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and American Indian to get connected to their MRC counselor. Learn how staff can help you navigate academics, finances, career planning, and personal life during your time at University Park. Hear from upper-class students and MRC staff as they offer tips, strategies, and resources that can contribute to your success.

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM 101 Thomas Building
Tuesday, August 27 Arts & Crafts: Painting Potted Plants

Paint pots and plant succulents to brighten up your room.

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Pollock Commons Rec Room
Tuesday, August 27 Outdoor Movie: Free Solo

If you climb, you do not want to miss this show! Watch "Free Solo" under the stars in the field behind the IM Building. Alex Honnold attepts to become the first person to ever solo climb El Capitan. Bring a blanket to sit on. Campus Rec will also talk briefly about climbing in the IM Building before the movie. 

8:00 PM Field Behind IM Building
Wednesday, August 28 Involvement Fair

The Involvement Fair is one of the best opportunities to get involved in campus life. Student organizations set up displays and have members on-site to talk with you about their organizations. Invovlement in co-curricular experiences is one of the most imortant parts of having a successful college career! You will make friends, learn about Penn State, and develop invaluable skills you will use for life. There are over 1000 clubs and organizations to choose from. Wondering where to start? Start at the Involvement Fair. 

11:00 AM to 4:00 PM HUB-Robeson Center Lawn
Wednesday, August 28 PHRA Involvement Fair

Learn how to get involved in the Pollock Area and across campus at our mini involvment fair. 

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Pollock Commons Rec Room
Wednesday, August 28 What's Poppin' with SHRA?

South Halls Residence Association (SHRA) is the area government for South Residence Halls. Learn what SHRA is all about by building your own flavored popcorn goodie bag and talking with student leadership.

6:00 PM Main Lobby, Redifer Commons
Wednesday, August 28 Encore: Results Will Vary*

Graduation is your goal. We are going to help you get there. Your choices and experiences will define your journey. This interactive theatre performance explores the reality of life as a Penn State student. A show for students, by students.

9:00 PM to 10:00 PM Schwab Auditorium
Thursday, August 29 Block Party 2019

Meet student leaders and staff from all three Jewish organizations on campus, other new students, returning students, and learn about how to get involved in Jewish life on campus. 

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Old Main Lawn
Friday, August 30 Men's Soccer Home Opener

Cheer on the Men's Soccer team as they take on Stanford.

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Jeffrey Field
Friday, August 30 SPA Special Events Presents: An Evening with Joel McHale

SPA is back, and they're bringing Joel McHale for a FREE comedy show! He will be taking over Eisenhower Auditorium at 8:00 p.m. on August 30. Want tickets? Student tickets are available TODAY in Eisenhower Auditorium, Bryce Jordan Center, and Downtown Theatre. If you are not close to these locations, you can call 814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX to guarantee your free ticket now! Tickets for the general public will be available the day of the show.

8:00 PM Eisenhower Auditorium
Monday, September 2 Nittany Night

Meet other students, play games, enjoy food, and watch a movie under the stars. 

7:30 PM HUB-Robeson Center Lawn
Tuesday, September 3 Career Services Open House

Now that you're on campus, get connected with Career Services. 

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Bank of America Career Services Center
Tuesday, September 3 ILC Kick-Off & Field Day

Join us for tie-dye and field day activities. 

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Pollock Commons Rec Room
Wednesday, September 4 Agricultural Sciences Involvement Fair

Discover the clubs, organizations, and societies in Agricultural Sciences! Meet other students and learn more about our student organizations. Students from all colleges are welcome.

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Berkey Creamery Lawn
Wednesday, September 4 Liberal Arts Meet the Dean

Dean Lang will give a talk followed by an informal reception. There will be free food and drinks, and students will have an opportunity to meet the new dean. 

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center
Wednesday, September 4 Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity Welcome Reception

Join the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity for their annual Welcome Reception, inviting the entire Penn State LGBTQA+ community and their allies to a meet and greet reception. This is an opportunity for returning and new students to connect and kick off a new academic year. There will be food, music, and student organizations.

4:30 PM Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Wednesday, September 4 Latinx Orientation

Latino Caucus' second annual Latinx Orientation will provide you with the opportunity to get to know the many resources available on campus for multicultural students. There will also be an involvement fair, which will give you a space to talk to different multicultural identity organizations on campus and help you get invovled within the community. All students interested in learning about multicultural resources in the community and on campus are welcome. 

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 134 HUB-Robeson Center
Wednesday, September 4 Education Dean's New Student Reception

Join Dean Lawless, faculty and staff in Education, and other new students to eat some Creamery ice cream and learn more about the clubs and organizations that the college has to offer.

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Chambers Building Portico (facing Curtin Road)
Sunday, September 8 Fresh START Day of Service

Fresh START encourages you to "get rooted" in service opportunities in Happy Valley and within student organizations that you can engage with throughout your academic career.

10:00 AM to 3:30 PM HUB-Robeson Center
Tuesday, September 10 LION Bash

Get to know State College! LION Bash will feature live music and a chance to connect with local organizations. 

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Allen Street, Downtown State College
Wednesday, September 11 to Thursday, September 12 University Libraries Open House

Knowing your way around the library will give you the edge you need. In a time when most people just use Google, don't miss out on a wealth of resources to help you research. Includes a free water bottle for everyone who completes the event.

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pattee/Paterno Library and all campus libraries
Tuesday, September 17 to Thursday, September 19 Fall Career Days

Connect with employers from across the country. For full information on Fall Career Days, the Professional Attire Closet, and resume reviews, visit the Career Services website

Bryce Jordan Center