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Fall Semester is Here: It's Move-In Weekend at Penn State

by on August 24, 2012 6:00 AM

Cars are stuffed with boxes, suitcases and bags and ready to hit the road.

Welcome back, students. It's move-in weekend at Penn State.

According to the university's schedule, freshmen will arrive between Friday and Sunday.

Check In: First-Year Students


9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Students from Centre County and their roommates

Out-of-State students and their roommates

Students assigned to Supplemental Housing


9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Remaining In-State students and their roommates

Students will need to show ID when picking up their key at their designated check-in desk.

Penn State officials said move-in days are staggered in an attempt to keep on-campus traffic at a minimum. Other arrangements are available for students who cannot move in on their assigned day.

The parents and families guide can be found here.

Once students are moved in, there are several events for both new Penn Staters and their families to welcome everyone to the university.

Welcome events for new parents and families

Penn State invites parents and family members to meet one another, the staff and current parent volunteers before heading back home after their student is all moved in.

Light refreshments will be provided and Penn State staff will be there to answer any last minute questions.

Parents and families send-off

Friday and Saturday

HUB-Robeson Center, Noontime Concert Lounge

4 – 5:30 p.m.

After waving goodbye to the parents, it's time to get acquainted with Penn State, it's 36,000 undergraduates and 2,000 faculty. 

Welcome Week: Friday – Sept. 8, starts with President's New Student Convocation on Saturday.

The week also includes involvement fairs, academic meetings, concerts, movies and campus tours.

For a complete guide, visit the Welcome Week website

Meanwhile, don't forget to register for and check out the lineup of events set for Parents and Families Weekend, on Sept. 28-30 on campus. 

More than 80 events are scheduled campus-wide, including open houses at many of the colleges and student service offices, information sessions, music performances, gallery and museum exhibits. 

For even more information and complete details on move-in weekend and the subsequent Welcome Week, check out Penn State's site dedicated to it all.

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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