Penn State Arrival 2019

More than 100 programs are in place to help students transition to Penn State.

As a new academic year is set to begin, offices, programs, and units across Penn State have been busy prepping for more than 40,000 students to arrive on University campuses throughout Pennsylvania next week. From Housing, Food Services, to Residence Life, many resources go into making on-campus living a safe, comfortable, and a memorable experience for all first-year students.

The official arrival day for fall 2019 is Friday, August 23, with early arrival day options beginning a few days prior. Students and parents are encouraged to check the Penn State Arrival website or follow #PSUarrival on social media for more information about the move-in process including check-in schedules, locations, and checklists.

For arrival details for individual campus locations including University Park, visit the Penn State Arrival website or follow #PSUarrival on social media.

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Move-In Day

Thousands of students move in and return to Penn State campuses across the state this Fall. Penn State Housing, Food Services, and Residence Life teams have made countless preparations to ensure a smooth transition for incoming students. 

IMAGE: Michelle Bixby

Welcome Week

Designed to support new and returning students in their ongoing transition to the University, Student Orientation and Transition Programs plans a variety of free and ongoing events throughout the fall semester to welcome students to the Penn State community.

For students at Penn State campuses across the state, refer to your individual campus website for more information on planned Welcome Week activities. 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. 

Several signature events are required for new students, including President’s New Student Convocation, in which President Barron will officially welcome incoming students to Penn State. The event will be held at the Bryce Jordan Center for all first-year students at University Park.

Additional events and programming throughout Welcome Week include:

Be a Part from the Start: Sunday, August 25, 8:00 p.m., Rec Hall. Meet other new students and learn the history and traditions of Penn State. Learn about getting involved and acclimating to campus life. Hear from coaches and teams, philanthropy organizations, performing groups, and more.

Involvement Fair: Wednesday, August 28, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., HUB-Robeson Center Lawn. The Involvement Fair is one of the best opportunities to get involved in campus life. Members of more than 1,000 student organizations are on-site to discuss their organization and answer questions.

Encore: Results Will Vary*: Wednesday, August 28, 9:00 to 10:00 p.m., Schwab Auditorium. Graduation is your goal. We are going to help you get there. Your choices and experiences will define your journey. This interactive theatre performance explores the reality of life as a Penn State student. A show for students, by students.

Career Services Open House: Tuesday, September 3, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Bank of America Career Services Center. Now that you’re on campus, get connected with Career Services. The office is committed to offering a comprehensive array of programs and services that support and facilitate career development for all students.

Fresh START Day of Service: Sunday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., HUB-Robeson Center. Fresh START encourages you to "get rooted" in service opportunities in Happy Valley and within student organizations that you can engage with throughout your academic career.

LION Bash: Tuesday, September 10, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Allen Street, Downtown State College. Get to know State College! LION Bash will feature live music and a chance to connect with local organizations. 

Many more activities are scheduled throughout September. Check the Welcome Week website or your Penn State campus website for details.