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Residence Life creates Wellness Special Living Option for incoming students

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Incoming students interested in exercising both their minds and bodies while earning a Penn State degree may want to consider Residence Life’s new Wellness Community on the University Park campus.

Located in East Halls, this new special living option aims to connect like-minded first-year students interested in a holistic approach to physical and mental wellness. With close proximity to the Intramural Building, Stone Hall gives students quick access to four gyms, sports courts, climbing wall and fitness classes offered by Campus Recreation.

Students use SYNRGY equipment at the IM Building on the University Park campus. Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

Residents in the community will be guided through programming aimed at mental wellness during their transition to campus life. Students will participate in mindfulness activities, community service, and wellness services provided by the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness to complete a well-rounded approach to health.

Residence Life has partnered with AURORA: Penn State’s Outdoor Orientation Program to provide students to allow students to get to know the University, meet others with similar interests, and experience nature. The AURORA Program has offered students a distinct entrance into Penn State through a five-day wilderness backpacking program before the fall semester begins.

Participation in AURORA is not required for students living in the Wellness Community, but students are encouraged to explore this program as a way to get an early start on the Wellness Community experience. 

Incoming students interested in the Wellness Community should indicate their preference on their housing contract request form prior to May 15.

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Last Updated March 03, 2020