Parents and Families Weekend

We recognize it can be scary to have your student go off to college and, although you may have visited the campus and helped with moving in, you may still be wondering what his or her new life is really like. Well, Parent and Families Weekend is designed to help with just that and give you insight about life on campus, as well as the events, opportunities, and activities your student has access to at Penn State University Park.

Parent blogger Tracy Riegel is gearing up for the annual Parents and Families Weekend event at University Park. We asked her to share her take on the event and why families of new students should make the trip.

Parent and Families Weekend at University Park is October 4-6 and I am hopeful that you are planning to attend. The weekend is coordinated by the Penn State Parents Program and is packed with events and activities to introduce parents and families to the University Park campus. You can learn more about how you as a parent can get involved with the Parents Program, visit open houses held by academic colleges, and get more detailed tours of key campus locations.

Do you want to visit Old Main and tour the President’s Office and the Bell Tower? How about learning how you can help keep Penn State tuition affordable? Beaver Stadium tour anyone? You can do all of those things and more at Parents and Families Weekend. Other activities include a TV tailgate for the Penn State football game, presentations by Fraternity and Sorority Life and Education Abroad, information about off-campus housing options, and opportunities to take pictures at the Nittany Lion Shrine.

If you haven’t registered for the Fall 2013 event, there is still time! Go to the Parents Program site at and click on the “Parents and Families Weekend” link on the left. You will then be able to register and view/print a copy of the weekend schedule of events. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email the Parents Program Office They are a great resource.

We hope to meet you soon!

– Tracy


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