Welcome Week is designed to support new and returning students in their ongoing transition to the community through intentional activities, events, and programs that reinforce our Penn State Values.
By participating in Welcome Week, students should be able to:
- navigate the University Park campus.
- display a readiness for college.
- articulate an enhanced sense of belonging at Penn State.
- engage with faculty and staff in and out of the classroom.
- exhibit appropriate behaviors and community standards on and off campus.
- demonstrate respect for all individuals within the Penn State community.
For access to the Welcome Week schedule on the go, download the Penn State Life App. Search for "Penn State Life" in the App Store or Google Play Store. Within the app, search for "Penn State Preface."
The highlighted Signature Events are required for students new to University Park.
|Saturday, January 5||Rock the Ice||Enjoy live music as you show off your skating skills. Or, get a team together for broomball. Don't forget to check out the photo booth and caricature artist. Free skate rental and snacks.||9:30-11:00 p.m.||Pegula Ice Arena|
|Sunday, January 6||Parents and Families Welcome Reception||Stop by the Parents and Families Welcome to meet our staff and parent volunteers while getting answers to any lingering questions you might have||1:30-2:30 p.m.||Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center|
|NFL Watch Party||Join Pollock Residence Life and watch the NFL teams play against one another! Food and drink will be provided.||4:30-7:30 p.m.||Pollock Rec Room, Pollock Halls|
|Sweet-Sources Candy Buffet||Join Residence Life for a candy buffet. We will give you tips and tricks for living your sweetest life at PSU!||6:00-7:30 p.m.||Waring Commons, West Halls|
|Tip Off the Semester||Cheer on the men's basketball team in their first home game of the spring as they take on Wisconsin. Free student tickets available at Gate A beginning at 6:30 p.m.||7:30 p.m.||Bryce Jordan Center|
|Monday, January 7||Coffee and Conversation||Grab a cup of coffee and get to know other residents in West Halls. We'll provide you with some conversation starters to move beyond "ice breaking" to make real conversations.||8:00-9:00 p.m.||West Halls Study Lounge|
|National Championship Watch Parties||Watch the College Football Championship with your friends and enjoy some free food. Get your last college football fix of the semester.||8:00 p.m.||
North Halls Social Lounge
Pollock Rec Room, Pollock Halls
|Monday, January 7 and Tuesday, January 8||Involvement Fair||Brighten your future and connect with Penn State's 1,000+ student organizations! The Spring Involvement Fair gives all students the opportunity to learn about ways to get involved on campus through clubs and organizations and meet those with similar interests.||11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.||Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center|
|Tuesday, January 8||Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) Orientation||MRC staff can help you navigate academics, finances, career planning, and personal life. Hear from staff and experienced students as they share their suggestions and strategies, and find out how to get connected to your MRC counselor and what other resources are available to you.||6:00-7:30 p.m.||220 Grange Building|
|Plant Your Own Succulent||Back by popular demand! Stop by and say "aloe" to the Residence Life Coordinators and Resident Assistants in your area. First come, first served.||6:00-7:30 p.m.||
North Halls Social Lounge
West Halls Study Lounge
|WINGO||Join Pollock Residence Life for a game of Bingo and wings! Prizes will be awarded to the winners of Bingo. This is a Pollock Point event.||7:00-9:00 p.m.||Pollock Rec Room, Pollock Halls|
|Thursday, January 10||Happy Valley Improv||Have you ever wanted to try improv comedy? Maybe you'd just like to watch a show instead. Either way, this event is for you! HVI is State College's premiere longform comedy company, and they're bringing their talents to the HUB.||7:00-9:00 p.m.||Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center|
|Tuesday, January 15||Pollock's Taco Bout it Tuesday with Fraternity and Sorority Compliance||Join the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Compliance to learn about fraternity and sorority recruitment, signs of hazing, and how to prevent hazing at Penn State. Tacos will be served!||4:30-6:30 p.m.||Pollock Rec Room, Pollock Halls|
|Thursday, January 17||Adult and Veteran Open House||Adult undergraduates, student parents, and veterans are encouraged to attend this social event to ask questions, learn about campus and community resources, meet other non-traditional aged students and get tips on navigating the university.||3:30-5:00 p.m.||220 Boucke Building|
|Monday, January 21||Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service||Make your day off a day on and volunteer in the local community. Check in at Alumni Hall at 10:00 a.m. before heading out to your service site.||10:00 a.m.||Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center|
|Saturday, January 26||Off-Campus Housing Fair||Explore off-campus housing options for the 2019-2020 academic year.||11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.||Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center|
|Tuesday and Wednesday, February 5 and 6||Spring Career Days||
Spring Career Days brings over 300 employers to campus to connect with students regarding potential careers.
February 5: Full-time, internship, and co-op positions in non-technical fields
February 6: Full-time, internship, and co-op positions in technical fields
Prior to attending Spring Career Days, be sure to check out the workshops, programming events, career counseling, and Professional Attire Closet to help you prepare. Visit studentaffairs.psu.edu/career for full details.
|11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.||Bryce Jordan Center|