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Welcome Week/Arrival

Arrival and Welcome Week at Penn State

Congratulations on your decision to attend Penn State University! We are anxiously awaiting your arrival to campus to introduce you and your family to Penn State through our Welcome Week program!

Be sure to visit the University arrival site below for important information about arriving on campus, what to bring, directions to you residence hall, your parking pass for arrival, and lots of other important information.

New University Park students will receive a copy of Preface before you arrive on campus. Preface will introduce you to Penn State and answer some of your questions before arrival day. Inside Preface, you will find the Welcome Week schedule to see what activities you want to be a part of and see what is available to them when you begin their career at Penn State.

Our goal is to help you make a smooth transition to college and to give you the best opportunity to learn about the many resources and opportunities available to you on campus. Residence Life's Welcome Week efforts are designed to help you get to know the people who are here to help you reach your goals, learn about being a member of the Penn State community, and of course, meet other students!

Transfer and change- of- campus students are encouraged to attend all Welcome Week programs at University Park. Welcome Week programs are designed to help all new students with useful information about our campus and the services offered. You won’t want to miss Transfer Student Orientation or our Change-of-Campus Welcome, two programs designed specifically for new, upper-class students. You will receive information about the orientation program designed for you via email during the summer.

For our returning students, Welcome Week and arrival are a chance for you to help our new students' transition to Penn State and ensure a successful first few days of college and discover new opportunities at Penn State. The PSU Welcome Crew is a volunteer program where upper class students help new students and their families move in to their residence hall rooms and start getting acquainted with the campus. For more information, please visit the PSU Welcome Crew web page.


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