New Student Welcome

New Student Welcome

New Student Welcome is offered at the beginning of each semester to acquaint new students with curricular and co-curricular opportunities and to assist them in setting directions and strategies for achieving educational and personal goals.

New Student Welcome Program

The mandatory Welcome Day for fall 2016 will be held on Saturday, August 20 (students living on campus will move in on Friday, August 19). Activities offered on August 20 are critical for student success. New students will have an opportunity to meet and interact with returning students as well as faculty and staff. These days constitute the official opening of the academic year with the Convocation ceremony and also include programming of both an academic (college and adviser meeting) and social (picnic/activities/give-a-ways, etc.) nature. STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS. The goal of this program is to introduce new students to life at Penn State Mont Alto and provide them with the tools they will need to be successful. Becoming acclimated to the campus and meeting other students will ensure a positive start to educational and personal pursuits, while also providing students with important information about the University and campus. For questions about New Student Welcome, please contact Donna Rhodes, coordinator of student activities and program development, at 717-749-6057 or email her at Welcome Week activities will be held Sunday, August 21 through Sunday, August 28. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in these activities as well.

New Student Welcome Facts and Questions

Is New Student Welcome a mandatory program?

Yes, it is a mandatory program and it is so beneficial we hope everyone participates!

Is there a fee for attending New Student Welcome?

No, there is no fee for all of the knowledge and activities.

Who do I call if I have questions?

Contact Donna Rhodes, coordinator of student activities and program development, at 717-749-6057 or email her at For information on New Student Orientation, contact the Division of Undergraduate Studies at 717-749-6056.

Are current students involved in the New Student Welcome program?

Definitely, YES! We have OL's (Orientation Leaders) who are important members of the New Student Welcome staff. You'll notice them as soon as you arrive on campus. In addition, you'll spend a lot of time with our current students during the New Student Welcome program. Ask them questions and they will be happy to answer them for you.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

New Student Welcome at a Glance

Friday, August 19 Move-In Day

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. First-Year Residence Hall Check-In
2:00 p.m. New Student Orientation Session
(This session is for those who did not attend NSO over the summer)
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Community Meetings and Supper
6:30 p.m. PSU Creamery Ice Cream Bar
7:30 p.m. Singing Comedian Brian O’Sullivan

Saturday, August 20 New Student Welcome Day

8:45 - 9:25 a.m. Check-In and Introductions
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker Jon Vroman
10:25 - 11:10 a.m. Academic Success Session
11:20 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. Staff Introductions
12:10 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:25 - 1:55 p.m. Founders Convocation
2:00 p.m. Academic Advising Sessions
6:30 p.m. Free Popsicles
7:00 p.m. Mont Alto Game Show

Sunday, August 21 NSW Day Two

12:00 p.m. Campus Involvement Information
1:30 p.m. Colorfest Powder Party
2:00 p.m. Capture the Flag
3:30 p.m. Optional Campus Tours
4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Wal-Mart Shopping Trips
7:00 p.m. Olympic Games with Gary Johnson

* All times are subject to change