Welcome Week Schedule

Welcome Week is full of activities to help you explore your new home, connect with friends, and discover something new. 

Fall Welcome Week Signature Events

Signature Events are required for new students and will help you learn your way around your new home. View a map of Signature Event Locations here

Date Event   Time Location
Saturday, August 18 Resident Assistant Floor Meetings and Dinners Get to know the people living in your new community. Your Resident Assistant (RA) will give you an overview of residence hall living before heading off to President's New Student Convocation and LateNight. See your RA for exact time and location. Various Times Various Locations
  President's New Student Convocation

Convocation marks the beginning of the new academic year and is your official welcome to the University academic community. Be sure to wear your new college shirt! Pick up your college shirt in 129 AB, HUB-Robeson Center on the following dates: 

Thursday, August 16: 3:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday, August 17: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 18: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

7:45 p.m. Bryce Jordan Center
  LateNight Come to the HUB at the conclusion of Convocation for an evening filled with free food, performances by acrobats and magicians, escape rooms, a movie on the HUB Lawn, and giveaways to help decorate your new room. 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. HUB-Robeson Center
Sunday, August 19 College Dean's Meetings This is the official welcome to your academic college. Meet faculty and staff to learn about advising, expectations, resources, and academic and cocurricular opportunities within your college. A meeting schedule can be found here. Various Times Various Locations
  Be a Part from the Start From the fight songs and alma mater to football cheers, Be a Part from the Start is an action-packed crash-course on what it means to be a Nittany Lion. 8:00 p.m. Rec Hall
Wednesday, August 22 Involvement Fair Connect with over 1,000 student organizations at the annual Involvement Fair. Meet with people who share similar interests and explore new opportunities. 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. HUB-Robeson Center Lawn
Thursday, August 23 Results Will Vary* Graduation is your goal. We are going to help you get there. Your choices and experiences will define your journey. Join us for an interactive theatre performance that explores the reality of life as a Penn State student. A show for students, by students. Various Times Schwab Auditorium
Friday, August 24 Nittany Block Party Wrap up your first week of the semester with Nittany Block Party! Enjoy free food, live entertainment from student groups, and activities. 6:00-10:00 p.m. HUB-Robeson Center Lawn
Wednesday, August 29 LION Bash Get to know State College! LION (Living In One Neighborhood) Bash includes live music, a chance to learn about local organizations, free food, and more. 5:00-8:00 p.m. Allen Street, downtown State College

Campus and Community Events

Check out the events below taking place on campus and in town at the start of the fall semester to learn your way around University Park and State College. View a map of Campus and Community Event locations here.

Date Event   Time Location
Friday, August 17 Friday Night Lights with Women's Soccer Join the Park Avenue Army and cheer on the team at their home-opener against West Virginia. After the game, join us for kickball, a movie under the stars, and food. 7:30 p.m. Jeffrey Field
Sunday, August 19 Orientation for Multicultural Students Your keys to success brought to you by the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC). Meet new students and representatives from academic units who ensure that all students experience a welcoming environment that embraces diversity. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Monday-Tuesday, August 20-21 Campus Information Stations Need help getting to class? Stop by an information station for directions and learn more about helpful campus resources. 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Berkey Creamery

Shortlidge Mall

Allen Street Gates

IM Buidling

Willard Building

Tuesday, August 21 MRC Transfer and Change-of-Campus Student Orientation New transfer and change-of-campus students are invited to meet their personal counselors in the MRC, as well as interact with former transfer and change-of-campus students as they share valuable suggestions and strategies. 6:00-7:30 p.m. 101 Thomas Building
Wednesday, August 22 Gallery Crawl and Art Involvement Fair Move between the HUB Galleries where you can meet campus art professionals and learn what they offer students. There will also be opportunities to participate in art-making. 6:00-8:00 p.m. HUB-Robeson Gallery and Art Alley
Thursday, August 23 Commuter Connection Learn tips for success and connect with resources that support students who commute. After the event, walk with us to Schwab Auditorium for our interactive theatre program, Results Will Vary*. 3:00-4:30 p.m. 233A HUB-Robeson Center
Friday, August 24 Sustainability Involvement Expo Meet representatives from colleges and student groups focusing on campaigns, projects, internships, funding opportunities available for students with sustainability interests. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Willaman Gateway, Huck Life Sciences Building
  Queer Peers BanQuet Learn about the LGBTQA Student Resource Center's first-year, transfer, and change-of-campus cohort. Meet other LGBTQA students who are new to University Park. 6:00-7:30 p.m. 233 HUB-Robeson Center
Saturday, August 25 LION Dash 5K Run/Walk Tour some of the neighborhoods that make State College such a unique place to live. Proceeds from the race benefit the Centre County Women's Resource Center. Register for the event here Registration at 8:00 a.m., Race begins at 9:00 a.m. Allen Street, downtown State College
Tuesday, August 28 Career Services Open House Now that you're on campus, get connected with Career Services. 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Bank of America Career Services Center
Wednesday August 29 Adult and Veteran Open House and Ice Cream Social Learn about campus resources that help adult and veteran student succeed. 3:00-5:00 p.m. 220 Boucke Building
Wednesday, September 5 Center for Performing Arts (CPA) Student Ticket Sale One day only! University Park students save an additional 15% off already reduced Penn State student price for each of the five national touring Broadway musicals coming to Eisenhower Auditorium in 2018-2019. Penn State ID required to obtain the University Park student price. One discounted ticket per event per ID. A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board makes regular student ticket prices possible. Giveaways, activities, and more planned throughout the day!  9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Eisenhower Auditorium
  LGBTQA Welcome Reception Connect with students and kick-off the new academic year. In addition to food and music, a variety of organizations and offices will have information available. 4:30-7:00 p.m. Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Wednesday- Thursday, September 5-6 University Libraries Open House Knowing your way around the library will give you the edge you need. Don't miss out on a wealth of resources available to help you learn how to conduct research. Includes a free water bottle for everyone who completes the event. 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Pattee and Paterno Libraries
Tuesday-Thursday, September 11-13 Fall Career Days

Connect with employers from all over the country. For full details, visit studentaffairs.psu.edu/career/fairs

Tuesday, September 11: Non-technical, full-time recruiting day

Wednesday, September 12: Internship and co-op recruiting day

Thursday, September 13: Technical full-time recruiting day

11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Bryce Jordan Center
Wednesday, September 19 All that WE ARE This interactive program will help you build empathy and connections through a variety of questions that highlight human experiences. While you will not be asked to share specific details, there are a number of questions during this activity that may be personal and sensitive in nature. A free catered dinner will be provided during the group discussion time. RSVP at standforstate.psu.edu. 6:00-9:00 p.m. Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

College Events

In addition to College Dean's Meetings many colleges will host their own welcome events throughout the start of the semester. View a map of College Event locations here.

Date Event   Time Location
Sunday, August 19 College of Science Involvement Carnival The Science Involvement Carnival will showcase Eberly College of Science departments, student clubs, related organizations, free food, and activities. Come join us! 3:00-4:30 p.m. Outdoor quad between Ritenour and Chemistry Buildings and Spruce and Pine Cottages
  Smeal College of Business Diversity Enhancement Programs Meeting Assistant Dean Jamie Campbell will welcome Smeal Diversity Scholar students and provide important information on scholarship program expectations in the Smeal College of Business. 3:00-4:30 p.m. 108 Forum Building
  College of the Liberal Arts Meet and Greet Social Join us for snack and to meet Liberal Arts faculty, staff, academic advisers, and current students. Liberal Arts Envoys will be giving short campus tours. 4:00-5:00 p.m. Sparks Building Patio
Monday, August 20 College of Health and Human Development Ice Cream Social and Student Involvement Fair Join us for an ice cream social!  Meet faculty and staff and learn about how you can get involved with the college. 4:30-6:00pm Henderson Buidling steps
  Engineering, Engineering Science and Mechanics Orientation Meet classmates and ask questions about your major. Information will be provided about your portfolio, advising, events throughout the year, and extracurricular opportunities. Photos will also be taken for the department photo board. Pizza and refreshments provided. 6:00-7:00 p.m. 119 Earth Engineering and Science Building
Wednesday, August 22 Meet and Greet for Change-of-Campus and Transfer Students Our goal is to help you make contacts with faculty and staff who can assist you during your Penn State years and beyond. There will be food (who doesn't want a night off from cooking?) and swag (who doesn't like freebies?). We look forward to seeing you there. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Science Collaborative Learning Center, Lower Level of Ritenour Building
  Biological Engineering Orientation All students (including change-of-campus, transfer, and student returning to University Park) who will be juniors in the Biological Engineering program in the fall 2018 semester. 6:00-7:00 p.m. 113 Agricultural Engineering Building
  Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Undergraduate Orientation Fall 2018 orientation for new students in the CEE department. Learn about the requirements, student organizations, and our alumni mentoring program. Student organization representatives will be there to chat with students in attendance. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Kunkle Lounge, Hammond Building
Monday, August 27 Physician Assistant (PA) Prep Group Advising Session For first and second-year students to learn about the requirements to prepare for a career as a PA. Attendance at a group advising session is REQUIRED prior to meeting one-on-one with a PreHealth Adviser. 6:30-7:30 p.m. 112 Buckhout Building
Tuesday, August 28 Biology Department Meeting All new biology students are invited to attend. 7:00-9:00 p.m. 100 Huck Life Sciences Building
Thursday, August 30 Med Prep Group Advising Session For first and second-year students to learn about the requirements to prepare for careers in medicine, dentistry, or podiatry. Attendance at a group advising session is REQUIRED prior to meeting one-on-one with a PreHealth Adviser. 6:30-7:30 p.m. 112 Buckhout Building
Wednesday, September 5 College of the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Festival All students are invited to learn more about Liberal Arts majors, minors, career resources, scholarships, and undergraduate research opportunities. 12:00-4:00 p.m. Sparks Building Lawn

Residence Life Events

Staff in your residence area will host events during the first days of the fall semester to help you meet your floormates. View a map of Residence Life Event locations here.

Date Event   Time Location
Thursday, August 16 Outdoor Movie Bring your friends, bring a blanket, and come watch a movie under the stars! 9:00-11:00 p.m. Pollock Quad
Friday, August 17 Building Dinners Get together with your RA and floormates and enjoy dinner.  See your RA for exact time and location. Various Times Various Locations
  Snack Attack Meet other students and enjoy some free snacks. 6:00-7:00 p.m. Findlay Commons, East Halls
  South Community Corn Hole Come out and enjoy some community corn hole with the sounds of DJ Big A! 6:00-8:00 p.m. Between Cross and Ewing, South Halls
  Bingo Join us for Bingo and win some great prizes! 7:00-8:30 p.m. Pollock Rec Room
Saturday, August 18 Campus Tours Join an RA for a tour to help you learn your way around campus. Tours depart from both Findlay Commons (East Halls) and Pollock Commons. 1:00 p.m.

Findlay (East Halls) and Pollock Commons

  Downtown Tours Learn your way around downtown State College with the help of an RA. 2:00 p.m. Findlay Commons, East Halls
Monday, August 20 Tie It to Dye It Learn about the Inclusive Language Campaign and tie dye shirts. 6:00-7:00 p.m. Basketball Courts, East Halls
  DoNut Piggy Back Meet with RAs and enjoy free donuts! 6:00-7:00 p.m. East Halls Upper Quad
  Create a Picture Frame Make a memory board to decorate your room and post keepsakes from the school year. 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Warnock Social Lounge, North Halls

Waring Commons Cultural Lounge, West Halls

  Trivia Night Join us for an exciting night of trivia and a chance to win prizes. 6:00-7:30 p.m. Pollock Rec Room, Pollock Halls
Tuesday, August 21 Reflecting on Summer and Goal Setting Meet the South Area Resident Coordinators and tell us about your best summer memory from 2018 or any goals that you want to achieve for the '18-'19 academic year. Free Peace, Love and Little Donuts will be provided. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Redifer Commons Lobby
  Inclusive Language Campaign Kick-Off Field Day Join us to learn about the Inclusive Language Campaign and field day activities. 6:00-8:00 p.m. Pollock Quad
Wednesday, August 22 Association of Residence Hall Student (ARHS) Welcome Events

ARHS is the primary representative voice for the residence hall community. Each residence area has its own area government. The events below will help you to learn about how you can get involved with your area's government.

South Halls Residence Association: 2:00-4:00 p.m., Redifer Commons Lobby

Pollock Halls Residence Association: 6:00-7:00 p.m., Pollock Rec Room

North Halls Residence Association: 7:00-8:00 p.m., Warnock Commons Lobby

West Halls Residence Association: 7:00-8:00 p.m., WHRA Office, Waring Commons

Various Times Various Locations


Last updated: August 11, 2018