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Let's Kick-off the Fall Semester at Penn State Scranton!

It’s August – and that means Back to School for students at Penn State Scranton. 

To the new members of the Class of 2026 – Welcome to Penn State Scranton! We are so glad you’re here and looking forward to having you as part of our Penn State Family!

To our returning students – Welcome Back! We missed you and are looking forward to seeing you back on campus in the next few weeks.

As you prepare for the first day of classes on August 22, we wanted to make you aware of some of the events that will be taking place so that you can take advantage of all we have to offer.

Move-In Day Activities

For those who will be moving into The Commons at University Drive apartments, across the street from our campus, Move-In Day is Saturday, August 13.

And, once you’re all moved in and settled, the complex’s management has organized some special events for tenants to enjoy, while getting to know your roommates and neighbors better.

  • Tuesday, Aug 16:  Athletics Tournaments with Roommates Sign-up on move in day 
  • Wednesday, Aug. 17:  PSU Day/Night at Montage Mountain Waterpark 
  • Thursday, Aug. 18:  Outside Movie Night on the complex grounds at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug 19:  Cookout at The Commons – 5 p.m.

For more information about Move-In Activities or moving into The Commons, contact Aubrey Reese by email at [email protected]

New Student Orientation Part 2

On Friday, August 19, we’ll also be holding our final New Student Orientation (NSO) Part 2 -- a student-only, invitation event designed to help you become comfortable with the transition to college life. It will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Check-in is at The Study Learning Center and a student ID is required.

While there, you’ll get to meet fellow students, faculty and staff, and we’ll provide you with important information about the University and the Penn State Scranton campus.

Athletics Open House for students interested in varsity athletics will immediately follow NSO 2.

RSVP by August 16th

Welcome Back Week

And then – the big day – the first day and week of classes, for which we’ve planned a little something for everyone as part of our annual Welcome Week festivities.

  • Welcome Back BBQ  POSTPONED UNTIL WED., AUG. 24 at NOON 
  • Tuesday, August 23 - Robert Channing, Mentalist and Speed Painter – 
    Noon to 1 p.m. in the The View Café. Enjoy some free ice cream as well.

    Robert Channing is renowned for his ability to demonstrate the incredible power of the human mind. Audiences are consistently amazed and left awestruck by his performances. 
  • Welcome Back BBQ  
    Noon to 2p.m. on SLC Patio sponsored by the Penn State Scranton Alumni Society and our Campus Activities Board.

    Enjoy a free lunch and live music from Modern Ties, as well as the Manning's Mobile Ice Cream Truck, which will have free dessert for everyone! 
  • Wednesday, August 24 - Crazy Bob's Game Show
    Noon to 1 p.m. in The View Café. Winners of each round will receive gift card prizes.
  • Thursday, August 25 - Carnival!
    Noon to 4 p.m. on the SLC Patio.  Join us for an afternoon of fun games and eat some of your favorite fair foods for FREE!! The inflatable obstacle course is BACK! We will also have more inflatable games and mini-golf course!
  • Friday August 26 - Philadelphia Phillies Game!
    Bus leaves campus at 3 p.m. – pick-up at the SLC patio. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. Return to campus that night after the game. There is a $10 cash deposit required and it is non-refundable. Spots are not secured unless your deposit is submitted and there are a limited number of spots available.

    Interested in attending? Submit the RSVP form here. ​​​​ and contact Nikki Paolicelli in the Student Activities Office at email: [email protected] to submit the deposit to hold your spot.