Welcome Week

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Welcome Week kicks off students' arrival on campus and continues through the first few weeks of the semester. The events listed below are specifically for Liberal Arts students and are hosted by Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies unless otherwise noted. More information and additional events will be added closer to the start of the fall semester. Students are encouraged to participate in the University-sponsored Welcome Week events as well. 

NOTE: In accordance with Penn State policy, all individuals are required to wear face masks inside all campus buildings, regardless of their vaccination status.


First-Year Welcome Meeting

Sunday, August 22 at 11:00 a.m. EDT

Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

Current students, faculty, staff, and administrators will welcome you to Penn State and give you an overview of what to expect as a student in the College of the Liberal Arts. You will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from some of our college offices, including Academic Advising, the Career Enrichment Network, and the Paterno Fellows Program. Students from Liberal Arts Ambassadors and Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council will also be available to answer questions.


Transfer/Change-of-Campus/Second-Year Welcome Meeting

Sunday, August 22 at noon EDT

Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

Current students, faculty, staff, and administrators will welcome you to Penn State and give you an overview of what to expect as a student in the College of the Liberal Arts. You will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from some of our college offices, including Academic Advising, the Career Enrichment Network, and the Paterno Fellows Program. Students from Liberal Arts Ambassadors and Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council will also be available to answer questions.


Meet the Dean

Hosted by the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council

Thursday, August 26 at 1:30 p.m. EDT

Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library

All Liberal Arts students are invited to meet Dean Clarence Lang. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.

This event will be livestreamed and recorded.


Connecting Your Major to a Career

Hosted by the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network

Wednesday, September 1 at 4:00 p.m. EDT

"What are you going to do with your major?"

You have probably heard this question hundreds of times from a well-intended family member or a new classmate. Whether or not you are sure of your plans after Penn State, this question may provoke feelings of anxiety, uncertainty, or even excitement. This presentation will help you better understand how to connect your liberal arts degree to potential career paths and skills employers look for. It will also provide you with action steps to empower you in your career planning as a future Penn State Liberal Arts graduate. 

This is a virtual event taking place on Zoom. The Zoom link can be found in Nittany Lion Careers, and Penn State authentication is required to participate.

Please check out other Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network workshops in Nittany Lion Careers. If you have any questions, please contact lanetwork@psu.edu or 814-865-1070.


First-Year Lecture: Finding Your Voice

Thursday, September 2 at 3:30 p.m. EDT

Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library

Join poet and writer Shara McCallum for an interactive talk on the importance of finding your voice and the ways writing and the liberal arts help you do that. Pens and notebooks for a writing activity will be given to all students who attend. McCallum is an Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and the 202122 Penn State Laureate.

This event will be livestreamed and recorded.


International Student Welcome Meeting

More details will be added soon.

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