Welcome Week Schedule

Welcome Week is a tradition at Penn State. 

Welcome Week is full of activities to help you get to know University Park, meet new friends, and learn about the new opportunities available to you here. Please see the schedule below for a full list of upcoming Fall Welcome Week events. Signature Events are listed in red and are required for students. 

Date Program Description Time Location
Wednesday, August 16 Arrival Day for Schreyer Honors College Students Arrival day for Schreyer Honors College Students 8:00am  
  SHO Time SHO Time is a three-day orientation program for all incoming first-year students admitted to the Schreyer Honors College. More information is available at  shc.psu.edu/shotime.  Various Times Various Locations
Thursday, August 17 Movie Night on the Quad Come watch a movie under the stars. Bring a blanket and a friend! 9:00pm Pollock Quad
Friday, August 18 New Student Arrival Check in at the Bryce Jordan Center before proceeding to your assigned residence hall.  8:00am-5:00pm Bryce Jordan Center
  Parents & Families Information Tables The Penn State Parents Council welcomes you to campus and can answer 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 students in a successful transition to Penn State.  10:30am-4:30pm Corner of University & Curtin Roads/ Corner of Pollock & Shortlidge
  Class Schedule Tour Bring your schedule and find out where your classes are located! All are welcome. 1:30-2:30pm Meet to the left of the Pollock Commons Desk, Pollock Halls
  Downtown Tour Talk a walk and see some of the important downtown sites. All are welcome.  2:30-3:30pm Meet to the left of the Pollock Commons Desk, Pollock Halls
  RA Dinners Join your Resident Assistant and your new floormates for dinner. See your RA for specific times and locations. 4:30-7:00pm Various Locations
  Sports Extravaganza Kan Jam, Ladder Toss, corn hole, and more! 6:00-8:00pm North Halls Quad, North
  BINGO! Start the year off by winning big at BINGO! 7:00-9:00pm Pollock Rec Room, Pollock Halls
  Friday Night Lights with Women's Soccer Join the Park Avenue Army and cheer on the 2015 NCAA Champion Women's Soccer team at their home opener against Brigham Young University.  7:30-10:30pm Jeffrey Field
  BINGO! Come join us for BINGO and prizes! 8:00-10:00pm TV area by EDGE, Findlay Commons, East Halls
Saturday, August 19 New Student Arrival Check in at the Bryce Jordan Center before proceeding to your assigned residence hall.  8:00am-2:00pm Bryce Jordan Center
  Parents & 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 students in a successful transition to Penn State.  10:30am-4:30pm Corner of University & Curtin Roads/ Corner of Pollock & Shortlidge Roads. 
  Class Schedule Tour Bring your course schedule and find out where you classes are located. All are welcome. 1:30-2:30pm Meet at the Grand Staircase in Findlay Commons, East Halls
  Downtown Tour Take a walk and learn some of the important downtown sites. All are welcome. 2:30-3:30pm Meet at the Grand Staircase in Findlay Commons, East Halls
  Floor Meetings & Dinners Join your Resident Assistant and new floormates for this important meeting and dinner. See your RA for specific times and locations.  4:30-7:30pm Various Locations
  Commuter Connection First-year students who will be commuting to campus are invited to attend this reception. Learn tips for college success and strategies to acclimate to the University Park community, and walk together to the President's New Student Convocation at the Bryce Jordan Center. Free dinner provided. 6:00-7:00pm Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
  President's New Student Convocation The President's Convocation marks the beginning of the new academic year and is your official welcome to the University academic community.  7:45pm Bryce Jordan Center
  President's Welcome Reception Meet Dr. Eric Barron. Refreshments will be served.  9:00pm HUB-Robeson Center
  LateNight Penn State Visit the HUB at the conclusion of Convocation for an evening filled with free food, giveaways, and entertainment 9:00pm-1:00am HUB-Robeson Center
Sunday, August 20 Change-of-Campus Student Welcome All new change-of-campus students are invited to attend. Learn tips for success from change-of-campus student leaders, meet staff, and connect with other students new to University Park. Refreshments and information packets will be provided. 8:00am-2:00pm HUB-Robeson Center
  College Dean's Meetings Your College Dean's Meeting is the official welcome to your academic college. You will meet college dean's faculty, and staff to learn about academic advising, expectations, resources, and academic and co-curricular opportunities within your college. Assistance with course scheduling and registration adjustments may be discussed following the meeting. College Dean's Meetings are required.  Various Times Various Locations
  Yoga on the Quad All levels are welcome! Bring a yoga mat and flexible clothing. 4:00-5:00pm Outside Geary Hall, East Halls
  Multicultural Student Orientation Your keys to success, brought to you by the Multicultural Resource Center and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center. This is an excellent opportunity for new students from diverse backgrounds to meet each other, as well as representatives from academic support units that can help students experience a welcoming environment that embraces their diversity.  5:30-7:00pm Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
  Be a Part From the Start Be a Part From the Start helps to introduce you to the history and tradition of the University. The event has previously included performances by the cheerleaders, the Nittany Lion, the Blue Band, and the Glee Club. Coaches James Franklin, Russ Rose, and Pat Chambers have also made guest appearances over the years. From the fight songs and alma mater to football cheers and how to do the wave, Be a Part From the Start is an action-packed crash course in what it means to be a Nittany Lion.  8:00-9:00pm Rec Hall
Monday, August 21 Classes Begin   8:00am Various Locations
  Campus Information Stations Welcome Week volunteers will help you find our way around campus and answer questions.  8:00am-5:00pm Berkey Creamery, Pollock Quad, Shortlidge Mall, Willard Building
  South Halls Carnival Wrap up your first day of classes with some sweet and salty treats. Stop by Redifer Commons for some cotton candy, popcorn, and more to get fueled up for your first week of classes.  6:00pm Redifer Commons, South Halls
  Trivia Night Think you have what it takes to win? Put your knowledge to the test! 6:00-8:00pm Pollock Rec Room, Pollock Halls
  Battle of the Buildings Come meet your Residence Life Coordinator and get free Berkey Creamery ice cream. The building with the most participants wins a pizza party! 7:00pm Outside Geary Hall, East Halls
  Tye-Dye Need to freshen up that plain old tee shirt? Come and tye-dye it, or make a pillowcase that is as colorful as your dreams.  7:00-9:00pm West Halls Quad
Tuesday, August 22 Campus Information Stations Welcome Week volunteers will help you find your way around campus and answer questions. 8:00am-5:00pm Berkey Creamery, Pollock Quad, Shortlidge Mall, and Willard Building
  Multicultural Resource Center: Meet Your Counselor Did you know you have a counselor at the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC)? Come to the MRC Open House to meet your counselor and learn more about how you can get involved.  1:00-4:00pm 220 Grange Building
  Multicultural Resource Center Transfer & Change-of-Campus Student Orientation This program gives new transfer and change-of-campus students an opportunity to meet your personal counselor in the MRC as well as interact with former transfer and change-of-campus students as they share valuable suggestions and strategies. Refreshments will be provided. 6:00-7:30pm 102 Thomas Building
  BinGlow It's like BINGO, but glowier and with fabulous prizes! 6:00-8:00pm Waring Study Lounge, West Halls
  Rita's Water Ice with North Halls Association of Students What the heck is North Halls Association of Students (NHAS)? Come find out and enjoy some Rita's while doing so! 6:00-8:00pm North Halls Quad
  Kickball Kickoff Who doesn't love a game of kickball? Come to the Pollock Quad, have some fun, and enjoy some free food. 6:00-8:00pm Pollock Quad, Pollock Halls
  Zumba! The best way to end your day! Join us for an active 45 minutes where you will learn some new dance moves. Cool off to a sweet treat at the end. Come dressed to be active. 7:00-8:00pm Outside Redifer Commons, South Halls
  Movie Night Come join us for a movie and some snacks! 7:30pm East Private Dining Room, Findlay Commons, East Halls
  Speed Friending Come make some friends! 8:00-10:00pm Robinson Hall, North Halls
Wednesday, August 23 Involvement Fair Make the most of your Penn State career and get involved! With over 1,000 student groups, there is something at Penn State for everyone.  11:00am-4:00pm HUB-Robeson Center Lawn
  Multicultural Resource Center: Meet Your Counselor Do you know you have a counselor at the MRC? Come to the MRC Open House to meet your counselor and learn more about how you can get involved. Refreshments are provided.  1:00-4:00pm 220 Grange Building
  Forum for Student Veterans A dinner discussion and resource fair for student veterans enrolled at University Park. RSVP required. 5:00-7:00pm Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
  Meet the East Halls Residence Association Want to make a different in your residential community? Come join us for a meet and greet session and learn how to get involved in your community. 5:30pm EHRA Office, Findlay Commons, East Halls
  South Halls Residence Association Lemonade Stand Come meet members of the South Halls Residence Association (SHRA) and learn how you can get involved and make this year a memorable one for all South Halls residents. 6:30pm Redifer Commons, South Halls
Thursday, August 24 Pollock Halls Residence Association Involvement Fair Want to get involved? Come meet some of the organizations at the Pollock Halls Residence Association (PHRA) Involvement Fair! 5:00-7:00pm Pollock Rec Room, Pollock Halls
  Inclusive Language Campaign Add a splash of color to your world! Join us for tye-dye, free food, and music. 5:30pm Outside Geary Hall, East Halls
  Paint-N-Sip Have a refreshing cold drink while you pain your own take-away item. All supplies are provided, and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Come early to get your first choice of item to paint! 8:00pm Redifer Commons Food Level, South Halls
Friday, August 25 Local Solutions to Global Problems: Sustainability Involvement Expo Sustainability is more than just environmentalism. It includes human health, economics, scientific literacy, social justice, and innovation. The expo will showcase campus, student, and local organizations, campaigns, projects, internships, research, and funding opportunities available to students with sustainability interests.  11:00am-1:00pm Willaman Gateway, Corner of Pollock and Shortlidge Roads
  Nittany Block Party Join us for the Nittany Block Party. Enjoy live entertainment, free food, and activities! 5:30-11:00pm Pollock Road, Outside the HUB-Robeson Center
  Queer Peers BanQuet Queer Peers, a cohort of first-year, change-of-campus, and transfer students, aims to share information and resources, build community, and assist with the transition to University Park. BanQuet is the kick-off event for this program. This is a free program, but an RSVP is required. RSVP at queerpeersbanquet.eventbrite.com. 6:00-7:30pm 233AB HUB-Robeson Center
  Penn State Trivia Night Test your knowledge of Penn State facts and claim the title of East Champions! 7:00pm TV area by EDGE, Findlay Commons, East Halls
Saturday, August 26 Welcome Week 5K Wrap up your first week of classes by getting active! Take part in the first ever Welcome Week 5K and support the State College Food Bank in the process. 9:00am Pollock Road, Outside the HUB-Robeson Center
  Fresh START Day of Service Fresh START Day of Service is open to all new students and is designed to introduce you to the many service and civic engagement opportunities available in State College to help you build new friendships with others. All participants will receive a free lunch, t-shirt, and water bottle. Please wear closed-toe shoes.   10:30am-5:00pm Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Tuesday, August 29 LION Bash Get to know State College! LION Bash includes performances from student groups and local bands, free food and activities, and specials at a variety of local businesses. 6:00-10:00pm Allen Street, Downtown State College
Thursday, August 31 Adult & Veteran Open House Drop in and meet other adult and veteran students over ice cream. Meet the staff, and learn more about campus resources. 3:00-5:00pm 120 Boucke Building
  Behind the Scenes at Fall Career Days Get ready for Fall Career Days! This workshop will help you research, prepare, and strategize for Fall Career Days (FCD).It is specifically designed to help change-of-campus students with an overview of FCD and "need-to-know" tips for a successful experience. After the workshop there will be an opportunity to mix and mingle with other change-of-campus students and staff from University Park who can help to answer your questions.  4:00-6:00pm 103 Bank of America Career Services Center
Wednesday & Thursday, September 6 & 7 University Libraries Open House Explore University Libraries and services in this fun-filled event. Knowing your way around the library will give you the edge you need. In a time when people just use Google, you don't want to miss out on the wealth of resources available to really help you learn how to research. Includes a free water bottle for everyone who completes the event. 9:00am-5:00pm Patee & Paterno Libraries and all campus libraries locations
Tuesday-Thursday, September 12-14 Fall Career Days

Join us on the following dates to connect with employers from all over the country: 

September 12: Non-Technical, Full-Time Recruiting 

September 13: Internship/Co-Op Recruiting

September 14: Technical, Full-Time Recruiting

11:00am-4:00pm Bryce Jordan Center
Tuesday, September 19 Get Connected Now that you're on campus, get connected with Career Services at this open house for all first-year students. 10:00am-3:00pm 103 & 114 Bank of America Career Services Center
Friday-Monday, October 13-15 Parents & Families Weekend You've had a few weeks to learn your way around campus, and now it's time to show your families your home away from home.  Various Times Various Locations
Monday & Tuesday, October 16 & 17 Penn State Reads: Lynsey Addario Lynsey Addario, author of the 2017-2018 Penn State Reads book, It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War, will visit campus for a series of events. Various Times Various Locations

 

 

Last updated: July 9, 2017