Welcome Week 2017

More than 100 programs are underway to help students settle in to their new Penn State home.

The past few days saw plenty of luggage carts filled to the brim with all of the back-to-school essentials (microwavable macaroni and cheese included) at Penn State residence halls across Pennsylvania. Welcome Week 2017 activities continue as students settle in and head into their first week of classes.

“Everyone was really excited when I got accepted to Penn State,” says Aniyah Lewis-Mitchell, of Clairton, who is first among her family to go to college. She and her roommate, Jackie Miles, went to the same high school and knew they wanted to room together. Luckily for them, they were both accepted to University Park within two days of one another.

“We both got accepted to a lot of schools, but Penn State was the best option.”Jackie Miles, first year student 

Returning juniors, Carly Kelly, of Warrington, and Lauren Dempsey, of Blue Bell, are both looking forward to diving deeper into their majors this semester. Both are students in the Smeal College of Business.

Carly Kelly, left,  and Lauren Dempsey decorate their dorm in South Halls Friday during Fall 2017 move-in.

Dorm Decor

Carly Kelly, left,  and Lauren Dempsey decorate their dorm in South Halls Friday during Fall 2017 move-in.

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Kelly, a global supply chain major, spent her summer interning at QVC headquarters in West Chester.

“I learned a lot during my internship, and I’m really excited to start focusing in on my major." Carly Kelly, junior majoring in supply chain 

Welcome Week Continues

To find Welcome Week information about all campuses, see the Penn State Campuses page. On the University Park campus, Welcome Week includes dinners, involvement fairs, social events, and more. Events are free to students, but some require a student id+ Card for entry. 

Here are a few highlights to take note of for the remainder of the week and into next:

Campus Information Stations: Welcome Week volunteers are stationed at various points to help you find your way around campus and answer questions.

Involvement Fair: Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside the HUB. With over 1,000 student groups, there is something at Penn State for everyone. 

Nittany Block Party: Friday, Aug. 25, 5:30 to 11:00 p.m., Pollock Road outside the HUB. Enjoy live entertainment, free food, and activities!

Fresh Start Day of Service: Saturday, Aug. 26, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Alumni Hall, HUB. 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. For more details and to sign up, visit www.volunteer.psu.edu.

Lion Bash: Tuesday, Aug. 29, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., Allen Street, Downtown State College. 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. 

Many more activities are scheduled through October. Check your Penn State campus website for details.