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Welcome Weekend 2019

New students! It's your time to shine. Check out the lineup of Welcome Weekend activities designed to help you transition into life at Penn State Schuylkill, make new friends, and get ready to succeed. You are Penn State!

Penn State Schuylkill students have been busy this summer — some studied abroad, some conducted research, and others participated in community service. But as the summer comes to a close, Penn State Schuylkill’s faculty and staff look forward to greeting new students and seeing some familiar faces return to campus.

While many students are thrilled to join us, others may feel anxious about beginning their first college experience. Know that we are here to help, every step of the way! If you’re a new (or returning) student who needs help finding campus resources, we’ve compiled a list of tips below that we hope you'll find useful.

See the Welcome Weekend agenda for first-year students >>>

Penn State ID and Parking Permits
Every student needs a Penn State ID. But this isn’t your average ID card—put money on your ID card to use in the Hidden Stream Café and receive a 10% discount on all of your food purchases! The money you put on your Penn State ID is known as “LionCash” and can be used at Sheetz, the campus Barnes and Noble, and more! Visit the Penn State ID office in the Student Affairs Suite, located in the Health and Wellness Building, and bring your best smile. You can add money to your card at a cash register in the Hidden Stream Café or by visiting Penn State ID Office, or you can add money to your ID+ account on LionPATH.

If you’re a commuter student or have your own car here on campus, you will also need a Penn State parking permit. While you’re in the lower level of the Administration Building, stop by Police Services and fill out a form for your parking permit. Remember to bring your…

  • Driver’s license
  • Penn State ID
  • Registration
  • Proof of insurance

Textbooks and Supplies
Visit the Barnes and Noble in the Student Community Center to pick up any last-minute supplies, snag some Penn State gear, and purchase any textbooks that you still need. The bookstore also offers a variety of snacks and beverages for students on-the-go.

Counseling and Health Services
The Health and Wellness Building houses counseling and health services in Suite 210. If you’re stressing about your courses and need some support or have questions about your vaccine requirements, stop by for a helping hand.

Fitness and Athletics
Did you know that all students have a free gym membership to the Fitness Center located in the lower level of the Health and Wellness Building? Swipe your Penn State ID to gain access to the Fitness Center and get in your cardio and strength training.

If you’re interested in playing varsity sports, stop by Suite 209 of the Health and Wellness Building and speak with Joe Godri, director of Athletics. We offer fourteen varsity sports as well as intramural and club sports, too. Learn how to become a Nittany or Lady Lion!

Lounge and Study Spaces
Carve out your own study space! The Health and Wellness Center lobby offers big, comfy couches and tables for students looking to collaborate on a project or just relax. The Ciletti Memorial Library also offers a variety of quiet and shared study spaces. And for students who prefer to study outdoors, there are patios outside of the Health and Wellness Building and Student Community Center, featuring large tables where you can spread out.

Adult learners have their own lounge in the Health and Wellness Building, and veterans of the armed forces are invited to hang out in the Veterans Lounge located in the lower level of the Business Services Building.

Academic and Tutoring Services
Are you taking calculus this semester, or do you struggle with writing papers? Penn State Schuylkill trains student tutors who have been there and done that. Visit the Academic Resource Center in the lower level of the library and get the academic assistance you need to succeed.

Getting Involved
Join any number of our 30+ clubs and organizations. From TriBeta, our campus chapter of the National Biological Honors Society, to THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, our students stay engaged with the campus and community through a number of activities. Learn more about the various clubs on campus here, and be sure to read the e-newsletter delivered to your Penn State email account to learn about campus activities and clubs!

We are so happy to have you here, and we want to see you succeed. Take advantage of all of the services and amenities available to you and get the most out of your Penn State Schuylkill experience. We look forward to getting to know you and helping you grow academically and personally.