Penn State announces move-in schedule for students living on campus

July 31, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Students planning to live in on-campus residence halls may begin scheduling their move-in date starting today (July 31) via eLiving. 

In an effort to promote the health and safety of campus and local communities, Penn State is staggering move-in dates, limiting the number of students permitted to move into residence halls on campuses each day. At all locations, first-year students will move in first, followed by returning students.

Move-in start dates for first-year students and returning students will vary campus to campus. Move-in dates for all campuses, as well as information on the arrival process, what to pack and other resources are available at

At University Park campus, first-year students will move in Aug. 17-20 and returning students will move into campus residence halls Aug. 21-23.

At University Park, first-year students will participate in required extended orientation and Welcome Week activities. Students will be automatically assigned to extended orientation programming based on their arrival date and will receive a detailed schedule of extended orientation programming upon arrival. More information on University Park Welcome Week activities can be found here.

Food Services will be operating to support the earlier arrival schedule at campuses. Additional information can be found at

Prior to coming to campus, all students are required to read and sign the new “Penn State Coronavirus Compact” and complete the pre-arrival checklist

Students currently living in areas with a high prevalence of coronavirus will also be required to submit to pre-arrival COVID testing. Students will receive a mandatory at-home COVID-19 saliva test paid for by the University. Students will not be permitted to return to any campus location if they decline the test.

As part of the University’s efforts to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus, students are asked to limit the number of individuals accompanying them, and roommates should coordinate their arrival times in order to avoid unnecessary contact between family members.

While on campus, students and those helping them to move in are required to wear face masks and practice social distancing from other parties at all times. Campus staff members wearing protective equipment will be sanitizing carts and high-touch areas, such as doors and elevators, throughout the day. Students and guests who have had COVID-19 or have been exposed to the disease should only travel to campus after being cleared by a health care provider, following CDC guidelines. Further, individuals with a temperature of 100.4 or above are not allowed to participate in move-in activities.

Students and families are reminded that safety precautions, including wearing masks and observing social distancing, are required in communities surrounding Penn State campuses.

For the latest information on Penn State’s response to the coronavirus, go to

Last Updated July 31, 2020