University Park ready for fall student arrival

With summer sessions completed, Penn State is rapidly preparing for fall arrival, which begins on Friday, Aug. 22. University Park is expecting more than 8,200 first-year resident students, with approximately 3,850 upper-class students who also will live on campus to follow throughout the weekend.

Students, both new and returning, have a lot to look forward to for the 2014-15 year. 

 -- Updates to HUB dining – Exciting changes have taken place in the HUB-Robeson Center since May 12. In addition to renovations to the food court area, which now includes a few new eateries such as Blue Burrito and a bakery and gelato area called Diversions, two new brands, Jamba Juice and McAlister’s Deli, will make their debut.

-- Wifi in residence halls – Penn State has been working to complete the installation of wireless networks in residence halls over the course of the past year. With this update, student can now access wireless virtually anywhere on campus. Visit Rescom for information on how to connect. Please note, the only remaining residence areas at University Park without wireless connectivity are Nittany Apartments and Nittany Hall. Installations will be completed during the fall semester.

-- Upgrades to cable TV – The University Park cable TV service moved to an all-digital signal with an expanded channel lineup and a significant increase in the number of high definition channels. Students should note older televisions without digital tuners will no longer work without special equipment. Check out the Cable TV Transition FAQs for more information.

-- Student parking permit registration moves online – Penn State Transportation Services launched PermitDirect earlier this month, moving student parking permit registration exclusively online. The service provides online permit registration, direct local mailing of permits, and access to printable temporary permits allowing students to park immediately. Visit for more information on permit rates, the registration process and to purchase a permit online.

-- PSUAlert transitions to PSUText - Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for PSUAlert, the University’s new emergency alerts system. The new service features for participants to receive messages via text and email and via phone-based voice alerts. Students can sign up at and add their parents to their account.

-- Redifer Commons– Redifer Commons has seen a variety of changes this summer. The Redifer Commons desk has moved to the ground floor, adjacent to the South Halls Resident Association (SHRA) Office. Check-in for all south residence halls is now in Redifer at this new location. The Simmons Hall desk is no longer open. 

Other changes include moving the computer lab, formerly on the ground floor, to the top floor, as well as a seating expansion for Southside Buffet with the addition of a private dining room.

Students are encouraged to visit prior to arriving on campus. Information regarding directions, maps, parking and more is available.


Last Updated August 26, 2014