Welcome Week Schedule

Welcome Week is a tradition at Penn State. 

Welcome Week is full of activities to help you explore your new home, connect with friends and faculty, learn about academic opportunities, and discover something new. Many activities held during Welcome Week are required for new students, however, you will have some choices.

Don't miss the Signature Events!  Signature Events are highlighted in red and are required for new students. 

Date Event Description Time Location
Saturday, January 6 Arrival Day & Move-In Residence Halls will open at 8:00am 8:00am Your Assigned Residence Hall
  New Student Orientation All new first-year students are required to attend this program. Meet your Orientation Leader, an academic adviser, and learn what it means to be a part of the Penn State Community.  12:30pm 131 HUB-Robeson Center
  Send-Off Reception for Parents & Families As your student's arrival day comes to a close, join Parents Program staff and volunteers for an informal reception. Light refreshments will be served.  5:15-6:30pm Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
  LateNight Penn State Impress your friends with your trivia knowledge, be amazed by a magician, plant a succulent in a custom-painted terra cotta pot, and grab some free food, too! 9:00-11:00pm HUB-Robeson Center
Sunday, January 7 Change-of-Campus Welcome All new change-of-campus students are invited to attend. Learn tips for success, meet staff, and connect with other students new to University Park.  8:00am 131 HUB-Robeson Center
  Transfer Student Orientation All new transfer students are invited to attend. Learn about academic requirements and resources that can help you meet your goals. 8:00am 131 HUB-Robeson Center
  College Meetings Your College Meeting is the official welcome to your academic college. You will meet college deans, faculty, and staff to learn about academic advising, expectations, resources, and academic and co-curricular opportunities within your college. Assistance with course scheduling and adjustments will be discussed at the meeting. A full schedule of meetings can be found here. 1:30pm Various Locations
  NFL Playoffs Watch Party Are you ready for some playoff football?! Watch playoff games, and enjoy free food. After your College Meeting Pollock Rec Room, Pollock Halls
  Tour of Downtown & Target Shopping Take a tour of downtown State College. Stop at Target before you return to campus to pick up any last-minute items that you may have forgotten. 4:45pm Meet at the HUB Information Desk, HUB-Robeson Center
  Paint Night Reconnect with your floormates and create a beautiful painting for your room with the Center for Arts & Crafts. Pains supplies and canvas will be provided. TBD Ground floor, HUB-Robeson Center
  Movie Night Catch a movie with your friends before the semester gets underway! Movie TBD. 8:00pm Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center
  Golden Globes Viewing Party Come join us for food as we watch the Golden Globe Awards! 8:00pm Findlay Commons, East Halls
Monday, January 8 LGBTQA Open House Take a tour of the Center, meet office staff, and learn how to get involved in activities within the Center and with student groups on campus. 3:00-5:00pm 101 Boucke Building
  String Art Come out and make some string art to spice up your room! 7:00-9:00pm Warnock Study Lounge, West Halls
  College Football Championship Watch Parties Watch the College Football Championship game, and enjoy free food! 8:00pm

Pollock Rec Room (Pollock Halls)

Robinson Hall   (North Halls)

Findlay Commons (East Halls)

Tuesday, January 9 Library Escape Experience It's part tour, part adventure! Groups will complete puzzles and challenges that will move them around the library spaces and online resources, testing their library skills and Penn State knowledge, while learning more about what the Libraries offer. Please contact Megan Gilpin (mcg13@psu.edu) to register for this fun event. 4:00-5:00pm W023 Pattee Library
  How to Live Off-Campus Learn about where to live, events offered in downtown State College, places to eat and shop, and ask any questions that you might have. 6:00-7:00pm 229 HUB-Robeson Center
  Multicultural Resource Center Orientation Did you know you have a personal counselor in the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC)? Meet your counselor and former transfer and change-of-campus students as they share valuable suggestions and strategies. Refreshments will be served. 6:00-7:00pm 220 Grange Building
  Movie Trivia  Think you know movies? Come test your knowledge and compete against your friends for the title of Ultimate Movie Master. 7:00-9:00pm Waring Study Lounge, West Halls
  Taco-bout-it Tuesday Learn about Greek recruitment and resources available to help you through the process. 7:00-9:00pm Pollock Rec Room, Pollock Halls
  Sip & Paint Come join us for food and fun as we "sip" on hot cocoa and "paint" a new canvas. 7:00pm Findlay Commons, East Halls
Monday, January 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Make your day off a day on, and volunteer in the Sate College community. Visit volunteer.psu.edu for more information. 9:00am-4:00pm Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Wednesday, January 17 Broadway Bash 2018 Save an extra 15% off student ticket prices during the Center for Performing Arts (CPA) annual ticket sale 9:00am-4:00pm Eisenhower Auditorium
  Silence Interrupted: Reconstructing the Dream See your fellow students showcase their talents, take part in a social justice reception, discuss current events, and enjoy free food. 6:00-8:30pm Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Thursday, January 18 Art Activism in the 60's Join us as we celebrate the work of elementary, middle, and high school students and their interpretations of this year's theme, Deconstructing the Dream.  5:30-8:15pm Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Friday, January 19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Evening Celebration This program will serve as the culmination of the week's celebration and will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through performances and a keynote speaker. Follow Penn State MLK on social media or visit mlk.psu.edu for ticket information.  5:00-8:00pm Schwab Auditorium
Monday, January 22 Professional Attire Closet Need a suit for Spring Career Days or an upcoming interview? Stop by Career Services and find out what you need. 8:00am-5:00pm 2nd Floor, Bank of America Career Services Building
Wednesday, January 24 Change-of-Campus Winter Social Meet other new and returning change-of-campus students, learn about opportunities for involvement in change-of-campus organizations and activities, and interact with representatives from some academic colleges. Bring a friend, and enjoy free pizza while it lasts! 4:30-6:30pm 233AB, HUB-Robeson Center
Tuesday-Thursday, January 30-February 1 Spring Career Day Prep Workshops Recruiters will be on hand to discuss how to prepare for and be successful at Spring Career Days.   103 Bank of America Career Services Center
Friday, February 2 Resume Review Recruiters will be on hand to help review your resume prior to Spring Career Days. 1:30-4:30pm 2nd Floor, Bank of America Career Services Center
Monday & Tuesday, February 5 & 6 Spring Career Days Meet recruiters seeking Penn State students and alumni for various jobs and internships.   Bryce Jordan Center
Thursday, February 15 Spring Career Days Prep Workshop Learn how to manage and negotiate job and internship offers from recruiters.   103 Bank of America Career Services Center


Last updated: November 13, 2017