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 Summer Welcome Week events. Signature Events are listed in red and are required for students. 

Date Program Description Time Location
Sunday, June 25 Arrival & Move In Move into your new home! Please plan to be settled by 2:00 pm in order to be ready for your first Welcome Week event. Residence Halls open at 8:00 am your assigned residence hall
  Welcome Reception & Resource Panel Meet representatives from Housing & Food Services, University Police, Assignments, Residence Life, and the Parents Program. All are welcome.  11:00 am-12:00 pm or 1:30-2:30 pm Private Dining Room, Redifer Commons
  Dinner & Floor Meetings Meet with your Resident Assistant (RA) and other students on your floor for dinner and an important meeting. Learn more about policies, campus, and each other.  See your RA for times See your RA for locations
  Summer Welcome Kick-Off Join us for your official welcome to Summer Session and meet some of your fellow members of the Penn State Class of 2021.  7:30-8:30 pm HUB-Robeson Center Lawn
  Pollock Party Make your way over to the Pollock Quad at the conclusion of Kick-Off for an evening filled with carnival games, give-aways, food, and music.  8:45 pm-midnight Pollock Quad
Monday, June 26 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Bring your friends and battle through our bracket to win some great prizes! First and second place teams will earn a prize.  1:30-3:30 pm Pollock Quad Basketball Courts
  Tour of Downtown Take a tour of Beaver and College Avenues to find the best places to eat, shop, and hang out! 1:30-3:30 pm Outside of Redifer Commons (near Louie's)
  LEAP Welcome & Dinner Meet with your LEAP Mentor and the rest of the students in your pride for dinner and an important meeting. Learn more about policies, campus, and each other. 4:30-7:00 pm 100 Thomas Building
  LateNight Come check out LateNight in the HUB with your new friends! Enjoy performances from an acrobat, take part in trivia, and enjoy free food and giveaways.  8:30 pm-12:30am HUB-Robeson Center
Tuesday, June 27 College Dean's Meetings Your College Dean's 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 registration adjustments may be discussed following the meeting. Students are only required to attend the College Dean's Meeting for their college of enrollment.  A full list of College Dean's Meetings (including times and locations) can be found here varies varies
  BINGO! Come to Redifer with your friends and participate in a fun-filled atmosphere! Prizes can be won! 7:00-8:30 pm Redifer Dining Commons
  Comedy Magician Brian Miller See Brian Miller perform a combination of jaw-dropping magic and laugh-out-loud comedy.  9:00pm Heritage Hall
Wednesday, June 28 Tye-Dye Social Residence Life staff will provide the dye, t-shirts, and rubber bands used to create your masterpiece. Bring your socks, pillowcases, and extra t-shirts and enjoy some fun in the sun! Note: T-shirts will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 7:00-8:30 pm  Pollock Quad
Thursday, June 29 LGBTQA Open House Come explore the center, see the LGBTQA Library, talk to a staff member about programs, and enjoy some light refreshments.  2:00-4:00 pm 101 Boucke Building
Friday, June 30 College of Nursing Summer Welcome Join Advising Center staff for lunch, introductions, and brief tour.  12:30-1:30pm 210 Nursing Sciences Building
Tuesday, July 4 Central PA 4th Fest Enjoy free entertainment all day long! Activities include the Fire Cracker Fun Run, the Parade of Heroes, music, food, and fireworks! all day Near Beaver Stadium
July-August State College Spikes Baseball The Spikes are a Class A Short-Season affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. For a full schedule, visit statecollegespikes.com.  varies Medlar Field at Lubrano Park
July 13-16 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts Shop at the artists sidewalk sale and enjoy a variety of performers on both indoor and outdoor stages. Most events are free. Visit arts-festival.com for a full schedule.  all day Downtown State College
July 14-16 People's Choice Festival Enjoy free entertainment and shop for quality, affordable art. Visit peopleschoicefestival.com for more details. Take the CATA Bus B for easy transportation.  all day Military Museum, Boalsburg


Last updated: June 14, 2017