Schreyer Honors College (SHC)at Penn State

SHO TIME Schedule

Time Event
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Move-In and Arrival

Location: William A. Schreyer Courtyard at Atherton Hall

Welcome to the Schreyer Honors College! Orientation Mentors, Scholar Assistants (SAs), Resident Assistants (RAs)and Schreyer Honors College staffwill greet you and your family, address any questions you may have, and help you find your way on your first day on campus.

Parent Tip: Plan to visit the Parent and Family Hospitality Centers in Simmons and in Atherton Hall throughout Move-in and Arrival. We are here to help you and your student make a smooth transition to the Schreyer Honors College community. Have your picture taken as a keepsake of your first day on campus!

Parents & Families Welcome

2:00 PM

Get Your SHC Gear Here!

Parents and families can pick-up merchandise ordered at New Student Orientation in May or place a new order for merchandise to be picked up at Parents and Families Weekend or by your student in C4 Atherton Hall.

Parents & Families Welcome

3:30 PM

Welcome to the Schreyer Honors College

Join Dean Jonson for a welcome to the College and learn more about the heritage and rich history of the Schreyer Honors College. Parents and students will also have an opportunity to ask any last minute questions before departing campus.

Parents & Families Welcome

4:15 PM

Unpacked and Ready to Go

Get ready…get set…let’s go! Before SHO TIME officially kicks off, this special time in the schedule is just for you and your parents. Listen to final words of wisdom, tell them how much you love them, and get excited to experience a one-of-a-kind honors orientation.

Parents and Families – Please note that your student will be starting SHO TIME immediately following this session and will be with their Orientation Mentors. Be sure you have everything you need before heading home after this session.
4:30 PM

Official SHO TIME Welcome Class of 2022 with Orientation Mentors

Welcome to the Schreyer Honors College family! Meet your amazing Orientation Mentors in your assigned mentoring groups. The entire Schreyer Honors College staff is committed to helping you launch your three-day orientation.

New Students Only

5:15 PM

Class of 2022 Photo

Location: HUB Monumental Staircase

Join your classmates in this SHO TIME tradition and meet on the Monumental Stairs in the Hetzel Union Building.

5:45 PM

Blue-White Spirit Dinner with Distinguished Faculty

Location: Redifer Commons

Enjoy your first of many meals as a Schreyer Scholar. An exciting variety of dining choices can be found at Redifer Commons, home to the savory Southside Buffet and delicious à la carte options. Bon appetit!

7:30 PM

First Night

Join your fellow Scholars and the 2018 SHO TIME mentors for a one-of-a-kind late night activity. Three-hundred new Schreyer Scholars become one family! Get connected and learn about your hometowns and special interests while making a SHO TIME memory.

Time Event
7:30 AM

Rise and Shine Breakfast with Dean Johnson and Staff

Dean Johnson and Schreyer Honors College staff welcome you to the most important meal of the day as you begin Day 2 of SHO TIME. Enjoy a buffet of hot and cold options to start your day!

9:00 AM

Achieving Academic Success

Interested in learning how to succeed in the Schreyer Honors College with honors? Hear from Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and staff of the Schreyer Honors College about the academic expectations of all Schreyer Scholars.

Academics First
Your academic requirements to succeed with integrity
Global Information Session
Your opportunity to travel abroad for a global perspective
Career Development
Your chance to explore internship and scholarship through leadership and civic engagement
12:30 PM

All-Star Lunch

Location: Redifer Commons

Return to Redifer Dining Hall and continue conversations with staff and Orientation Mentors about life as a Scholar. The menu includes a variety of entrees and special treats prepared just for you.

2:00 PM

Schreyer Downtown Photo Odyssey

Location: Downtown State College

Orientation Mentors will lead you on a casual tour of downtown State College. Visit the various shops, restaurants, art galleries and theatre that you may experience as a student.

2:45 PM

It's Your Time

Take time to visit a Relaxation Station for some mindful meditation.

4:00 PM

Characters in Motion

Who are you when no one is looking? Join us for a lively discussion and activities that will help shape your ability to make ethical-decisions.

5:30 PM

Dinner and Involvement Fair

Location: Redifer Commons

Enjoy Redifer Dining Commons as Orientation Mentors transform this space to showcase student organizations, clubs and interest groups that you can engage in as a first-year Scholar. Enjoy learning more about leadership positions that will help shape your honors experience. Ask your Orientation Mentor about their “success story!”

8:30 PM

The One and Only Brain Show

A SHO TIME tradition and trivia game as you have never seen before on stage. Get ready to form a team, answer questions correctly, and be prepared for an evening of laughter and fun.

Time Event
8:00 AM

Rise and Shine Breakfast

Location: Redifer Commons

Distinguished Penn State faculty and College Deans have been invited to join you at breakfast. Save them a seat at the table as they look forward to welcoming you to Penn State and to the Schreyer Honors College. Ask them what they love most about Penn State!

9:30 AM

Distinguished Faculty Speaker Series

Register for your topic of interest at registration on arrival day and enjoy learning more about the arts, sciences, humanities, and/or STEM-related fields from distinguished faculty of Penn State. Groups will vary in size based on level of interest with a maximum 50 students in each presentation. First-come, first served.

11:00 AM

Go Your Own Way

Concurrent sessions will offer you opportunities to discuss available resources, life skills, and inclusive practices that will help shape your honors experience. A conversation to debrief these sessions will immediately follow to share takeaways.

12:30 PM

Super Hero Lunch

Location: Redifer Commons

Enjoy talking with classmates “in character” with your mentoring groups from different academic backgrounds while enjoying lunch.

2:00 PM

Lights, Camera and Action — Caught in the Act

Be a star in a special video production filmed by Schreyer Scholars to capture Schreyer Scholars in Action!

3:30 PM

Mentor Challenges: Tug O'War and So Much More

Take advantage to participate in a variety of friendly competitions while learning more about the Schreyer Honors College and Life as a Scholar.

5:00 PM

Class of 2022 Dinner and Project 2022

Location: Redifer Commons

A seat is reserved just for you in Redifer Dining Hall on your third day of orientation. Arrive on time to complete Project 2022—a Letter to Your Future Self. This very special letter is another SHO TIME tradition that students typically forget about until the day they graduate when our office returns the same letter to them in a sealed envelope.

8:00 PM


Finito! La Fin! Ende! The End…Congratulations you have completed your three-day orientation and your final orientation event will leave you in awe as Scholars showcase a wide-range of amazing talent and performances. Your Orientation Team Leaders and Orientation Mentors will host this one-of-a-kind show planned to celebrate your arrival on campus. The evening includes special guests, music and more.

Time Event
12:00 - 1:00 PM

"My Backyard" Service Project Registration

Location: HUB Lawn

Free t-shirt and pizza for all volunteers!

1:00 - 3:30 PM

Site Visits and Indoor Service Projects

Location: Various Locations On and Off Campus

4:00 PM

"My Backyard" Service Project Debrief

Location: HUB Lawn

Service is an important part of the Schreyer Honors College mission, so get ready for an amazing afternoon of service with friends! Come participate in the third annual My Backyard Service Project: Taking Care of Business!

Other Important Dates

Even after SHO TIME is over and fall semester has begun, there are still many important events for you and your family to be aware of, including:

Sat 18 Aug

Arrival Day for Returning Scholars

Runs through August 19

Sat 18 Aug

President's Convocation

Mon 20 Aug

First Day of Classes

Fri 7 Sep

SHC Founders Day

Mon 27 Sep

First-Year Schreyer Scholar Welcome Reception at the University Libraries

Fri 12 Oct

Homecoming Parade Watch

Fri 19 Oct

Parents and Families Weekend

Runs through October 21

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