Events for New Students

Events for New Students

Meet other new students and learn about the campus at the following events designed specifically for the incoming class.

Week of Welcome (WOW)

Thursday, August 17 – Friday, August 25! Join the Brandywine Community as we begin another super semester!

Thursday, August 17
Orchard Hall Move-In Day for First-Year Students
Contact Housing and Food Services for information about housing and moving in.

August 18, First Friday
Events for All First-Year Students

9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mandatory Events (beginning in Commons gymnasium)
Convocation ceremony, academic college meetings, student workshops, lunch, and interactive All-In and Stand for State events.
The above events are mandatory for first-year students! Please register for the 9 a.m.-3 p.m. events at

3 - 4 p.m., Bookstore Blowout!
Student Union Building, Bookstore
Check out the new bookstore; get exclusive offers, free snacks, and swag!

4 - 7 p.m., Lion Luau
Vairo Amphitheater (rain, Tomezsko Lounge)
Vairo courtyard will be transformed into an island paradise where you will enjoy a Hawaiian-style BBQ, games, music, and more!

7 - 8 p.m., Trivia Game Show
Vairo Amphitheater (rain, Tomezsko Lounge)
End the evening at 7 p.m. with a trivia game show! Win Bookstore gift cards and PSU Swag!

Evening activities for Orchard Hall Students begin at 8:30 p.m.

August 19, Super Saturday
Orchard Hall Move-In Day for Returning Students
Contact Housing and Food Services for information about Housing and moving in.

Optional (but encouraged!) Events for All Students

9 - 11 a.m., Fitness Fun!
Meet at Orchard Hall front doors
Start the day with a workout and explore local running trails.

Noon - 1 p.m., Brunch
Student Union Building, Blue Apple Café/Parson’s Dining Hall
Meal plans may be used – cash/card is also accepted.

1 - 2 p.m., Lawn Volleyball Tournament
Student Union Building lawn
Join a friendly tournament with students and Residence Life staff.

2 - 3 p.m., Human Bingo
Orchard Hall Lobby
Mix and mingle with fellow students and find out what you have in common with each other.

3 - 5 p.m., Let Loose on the Lawn!
Orchard Hall patio and lawn
Enjoy the Orchard Hall patio and fun outdoor games led by Residence Life staff.

5 - 8:30 p.m., Supper & Superheroes
Student Union Building, Blue Apple Café/Parson’s Dining Hall
Dinner served 5-6 p.m.; activities run until 8:30. Meal plans may be used – cash/card is also accepted.

8:30 - 11 p.m., Movie Under the Stars - "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. II"
Commons lawn (rain, Student Union Building, Parson's Dining Hall)
Come check out this super summer hit! Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a movie on the lawn! Popcorn and drinks provided.

For information about Super Saturday events, email Don Brennan or Tiana Peña Colon

Sunday, August 20
Events and meetings for Orchard Hall Students beginning at 1 p.m.
For more information email Don Brennan or Tiana Peña Colon

Monday, August 21-Friday, August 25
Be a Hero Scavenger Hunt
Pick up your Scavenger Hunt instructions at the Welcome Back Bash on Monday, or in the Student Affairs Suite (Student Union Building 207) throughout the week! Hand it in on Friday during the Student Affairs Open House for a chance to win LionCash, PSU Swag, and other super prizes!

Monday, August 21
Welcome Back Bash!

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Student Union Building lawn (rain, Gym)
Keep cool like Mr. Freeze and start the semester off right with a Creamery Super Ice Cream Sundae Bar! With special guest, My Hero Zero, a Penn State favorite band!

Tuesday, August 22
ThinkFast Game Show

Noon - 1:30 p.m., Lion’s Den Commons
Think faster than the Flash with this quick-paced trivia game show and win up to $200 in cash! First 50 students in the door get a t-shirt!

Wednesday, August 23
New Building Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

4 p.m., Orchard Hall
Join the celebration as Orchard Hall and Student Union Building are formally opened! There will be remarks from several superheroes, including Dr. Barron. Reception with light refreshments to follow the ceremony.

Thursday, August 24
Get Flexible!

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Main Building Patio (rain, Tomezsko)
Learn how to be more like Elasti-Girl with yoga classes on the lawn! Have a custom-made wire- art design, enjoy twisty snacks, and more!

Friday, August 25
Student Affairs Open House

12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Student Union Suite 207
Meet the Avengers of the Student Union Building, the Student Affairs staff! Grab a snack, mix and mingle! Turn in your Scavenger Hunt here for a chance to win a prize.

Thursday, August 31
Involvement Fair


Friday, September 1, First Friday
Harvest Dance

7 p.m.