Welcome Week 2015

Welcome Week features more than 100 programs designed to introduce students to their Penn State home.

Welcome, students, to all Penn State campuses! Welcome Week on the University Park campus includes dinners, involvement fairs, social events, and more. Events are free to students, but some require a student id+ Card for entry. 

To find information about all campuses, see the Penn State Campuses page. 

Current students carrying bags while parents of new students pull luggage.

#PSUArrival begins on Friday, Aug. 21

Penn Staters serving as Welcome Week leaders help new students and their parents as #PSUArrival kicks off on Friday, Aug. 21. Welcome Week events begin on Friday evening and will run through the first week of classes. 

IMAGE: Michelle Bixby

Don't miss these signature events! 

President's New Student Convocation (required for first-year students)
Saturday, Aug. 22, at 7:45 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center
The convocation marks the beginning of the new academic year and is the official welcome to the University academic community. 

Arrival Day Activities (required for new, first-year students)
Saturday, Aug. 22. Times and locations vary. Find out more.
Activities include dinner, the President’s New Student Convocation, President’s Reception, and LateNight. 

To make Penn State feel like home, start with your new room! "Being in a new place can be hard, but making your room feel like home can help."—Sarah Gardner

College Dean's Meetings (required for all new students, including first-year, change-of-campus, and transfer students)
Sunday, Aug. 23. Times and locations vary by college. Find out more.

Be a Part from the Start
Sunday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m. in Rec Hall
Come learn all about Penn State pride, hosted by the Lion Ambassadors, the Blue Band, members of Penn State athletic squads, the cheerleaders, the dance team, and the Nittany Lion. 

Involvement Fair
Monday, Aug. 24, and Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the HUB-Robeson Center
With more than 900 student organizations and the largest Greek community and club sports program in the country, there is something for everyone. 

Nittany Block Party
Friday, Aug. 28, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. outside the HUB-Robeson Center
Come to the block party for live entertainment, free food, and activities. 

"Getting involved in clubs, organizations, and community service is what made Penn State feel like home to me."—Chris Eggermann

Fresh START Day of Service
Saturday, Aug. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet in Alumni Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center
End your Welcome Week activities by making a difference in your new community. Fresh START is an opportunity to meet new people and get involved. The day includes breakfast, lunch, and a free t-shirt. Sign up at www.volunteer.psu.edu

Many more activities are scheduled into September. Be a part from the start, and stay involved on campus. See the full schedule at orientation.psu.edu/fallwelcome.

"When I moved in, my dad said, 'Penn State doesn't happen in your dorm room,' and it's true. Don't be afraid to get out there and try new things!"—Sarah Gardner