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

Get ready to have some fun for your return to the fall semester!

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

To the new members of the Class of 2027 – 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 Aug. 21, 2023, 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, Aug. 12.

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.

  • Monday, Aug. 14: Cornhole Tournament with Roommates and Coach Mar Tsakonas at noon in The Commons Parking Lot 
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15: Outside Movie Night at 8 p.m. on the complex grounds
  • Wednesday, Aug. 16: PSU Day/Night at Montage Mountain Waterpark (Contact Nikki Paolicelli to get your free tickets)
  • Thursday, Aug. 17: Safety Summit at noon in The View Café – Mandatory event for all tenants
  • Friday, Aug. 18: Open Day to spend your time – get a chance to know your neighbors better or explore our area on your own free time

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

Scranton Welcome

On Friday, Aug. 18, we’ll also be holding our final Scranton Welcome – 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 held at The Study Learning Center and a student ID is required. 

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

New students should log into VZO and follow their NSO task list to register for Scranton Welcome.

Welcome Back Week 2023

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.

  • Monday, Aug. 21 – Welcome Back BBQ
    Noon to 2 p.m. on the SLC Patio sponsored by the Penn State Scranton Alumni Society and our Campus Activities Board.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 22 – Comedian Graham Kay
    Noon to 1 p.m. in The View Café. Get a laugh in between classes with comedian Grham Kay!
  • Wednesday, Aug. 23 – Pop Up IT and Dunkin’ Cruiser
    11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the SLC Patio. Staff from Information Technology Support Services will be on hand to answer all of your technology questions! Free webcams and distance learning headsets will be available on a first come first serve basis, one per person, while supplies last, thanks to a generous donation to Penn State. While you’re there, stop by the Dunkin’ Cruiser for some free samples!
  • Thursday, Aug. 24 – Bingo!
    3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in The View Café. Join us for an afternoon of bingo and get a chance to win some awesome prizes!
  • Friday, Aug. 25 – Alumni Society Welcome Back Event
    Noon to 1 p.m. in The View Café. Get a chance to know the Penn State Scranton Alumni Society as they welcome you back to campus!

For more information about our campus events, contact our staff in the Student Leadership and Involvement Office or call 570-963-2700.