Welcome Week eases the transition for first-year Penn Staters

July 10, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- At the start to every semester on the University Park campus of Penn State, a fun and informative Welcome Week gives new students the chance to say their last goodbyes to parents and learn what the University, the campus and everything in their new college life is all about. Once students have moved into their residence halls, they and their families can enjoy all of the Welcome Week fun.

Events start on Friday, Aug. 24 -- the first day that freshmen can move into the residence halls -- and continue all weekend until the first day of classes the following week. (Visit the University's academic calendar for more important dates.) These fun activities range from the huge “Be a Part from the Start” pep rally in Rec Hall, to tie-dying T-shirts, to a convocation with President Rodney Erickson. Similar events are held at all Penn State campuses to help first-year students adapt to their new college life.

The weekend is accommodating to parents and families, offering sessions that answer questions about their student’s life at Penn State. They are also given the chance to get a taste of Campus Dining. Each parent receives a Parent Dining Card, which is accepted at any of the five dining commons at University Park. These cards can be found in the freshmen Welcome Week packets, and are on sale at the Food Services Office at 111 Redifer Commons.

Before making the move to campus, students can visit the Welcome Week website to get informed on what is required to move in. The website has tips on what to bring or leave behind, how to check-in and find room assignments and a helpful “to-do” list. 

As students are completing the pre-arrival requirements, parents can find information and learn about move-in day on the website as well. For assistance with the commute to campus, there are maps, directions and specifics on parking and unloading. 

For the benefit of the new students, families are not permitted to stay overnight in the residence halls. This separation supports the Welcome Week goal of integrating students into their Penn State lives and helping them to form new relationships. Parents interested in alternative lodging can visit  VisitPennState.org.


  • Welcome Week volunteers help parents and a student move into East Halls.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated August 06, 2012