Schreyer Honors College (SHC)at Penn State

SHO TIME Schedule

Time Event
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Arrival, Move-In, and New Student Registration

Location: William A. Schreyer Courtyard at Atherton Hall

Orientation Mentors, Scholar Assistants (SAs), and Resident Assistants (RAs) will greet you and your family, address any questions you may have, and direct you to your residence hall. Visit the photo booth in Atherton Hall for a special picture of your first day in Schreyer.

Parents & Families Welcome

2:00 PM

SHC Student Council Merchandise Sale Opens

Location: 100 Thomas Building

Show your Schreyer pride and support the Schreyer Honors College Student Council!

Parents & Families Welcome

3:30 - 4:15 PM

Welcome Class of 2021

Location: 100 Thomas Building

A special welcome to the Schreyer Honors College by the Dean and SHC staff.

Parents & Families Welcome

Note: SHO TIME officially begins. Students will depart immediately following this session.

Concurrent Session 4:30 - 5:30 PM

Mentor Welcome

Location: HUB Lawn

Welcome to the Schreyer Honors College! Meet your SHO TIME mentoring group and begin getting acquainted with other members of the Class of 2021.

Concurrent Session 4:30 - 5:30 PM

Parent Orientation and Reception

Location: 100 Thomas Building

Join the SHC staff and current Schreyer Scholars for a special conversation about "Life at Schreyer" and enjoy a scoop of Creamery Ice Cream before you depart campus.

Parents & Families Only

6:00 PM

SHC Student Council Merchandise Sale Closes

Location: Thomas Building

Make sure to grab some Schreyer swag before the sale ends.

5:45 - 7:00 PM

Blue & White Spirit Dinner

Location: Redifer Dining Hall

Enjoy your first dinner on campus as a Schreyer Scholar. An array of options offering a real "taste of the town"...a tapestry of sights, sounds, aromas, and flavor can be found in the Dining Hall.

7:30 - 9:00 PM

First Night (Playfair)

Location: IM Building

Join fellow Scholars and the 2017 SHO TIME mentors for the best pep-rally of the year! Play exciting games, do fun activities, and compete in the largest Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament you have ever seen.

Time Event
7:30 - 8:45 AM

Breakfast with Dean, SHC Staff and Mentors

Location: Redifer Dining Hall

The most important meal of the day. Get to know your SHO TIME mentors and fellow mentees while eating breakfast in Redifer Dining Commons.

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Achieving Academic Excellence

Location: Heritage Hall, HUB

Learn first-hand from the SHC faculty, staff and students how to leverage the opportunities available to you from the Schreyer Honors College and ensure a successful four years at Penn State.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Class Photo

Location: HUB Monumental Staircase

Classmates join SHO TIME mentors for another SHO TIME tradition!

12:15 - 1:45 PM


Location: Redifer Dining Hall

Catch a quick bite to eat before you continue your afternoon.

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Distinguished Faculty Speaker, Dr. Richard Alley

Location: 100 Thomas Building

Arrive early to enjoy a dynamic presentation and engaging conversation with one of Penn State's award-winning and distinguished faculty members.

3:15 - 4:30 PM

SHO TIME Walking Tour with Mentors

Location: On/Off Campus

Mentors will give new Scholars a casual tour of the State College downtown area and campus. This is a chance for incoming freshmen to become acclimated to the parts of Penn State that are not covered in SHO TIME information sessions and classes.

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Dinner and SHC Involvement Fair

Location: Redifer Dining Hall

Enjoy dinner in Redifer Dining Commons while learning more about the different clubs and student organizations that the Schreyer Honors College has to offer.

9:00 - 10:30 PM

The Brain Show

Location: Alumni Hall, HUB

How much do you know? Find out at the Brain Show! The most entertaining trivia competition on campus will test your singing, dancing, knowledge, and love of Penn State.

Sponsored by the New Student Orientation Office

Time Event
8:00 - 9:00 AM


Location: Redifer Dining Hall

A variety of breakfast options will be available to you to start your final day of orientation.

9:15 - 10:45 AM

Ethics Discussion

Location: 100 Thomas Building

Penn State faculty will lead these small-group discussions focused on ethical issues and decision-making. Each group will have an opportunity to discuss the thought process behind making difficult decisions and choices.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Free Time

12:00 - 2:00 PM


Location: Redifer Dining Hall

Grab a bite to eat and relax with your classmates and mentors.

2:00 - 2:30 PM

Shaping People Who Shape the World

Location: 105 Forum Building

It's never too early to plan for your future. Learn how our Career Services staff can help.

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Building a Global Perspective

Location: 105 Forum Building

Learn how to build your global perspective, both here on campus and via experiences abroad.

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Mentor Challenge

Location: Alumni Hall, HUB

This year, mentors and mentees will take on a challenge that will test both ingenuity and teamwork. Mentees and mentors will be mixed up randomly to form new teams and compete against one another to build the greatest balloon tower!

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Dinner and "Project 2021"

Location: Redifer Dining Hall

Enjoy a buffet of entrees and desserts as you relax and unwind with your new friends and Orientation Mentors. After dinner, take a few minutes and reflect on your "future self" and create a letter that will be collected and returned to you when you submit your thesis.

8:00 - 9:00 PM


Location: State Theatre

An evening of special talent and musical performances planned by your SHO TIME mentors. Special guests and visitors will be sure to surprise and entertain you.

Time Event
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

"My Backyard" Service Project Registration

Location: HUB Lawn

12:00 - 3:00 PM

"My Backyard" Service Project Site Visits

Location: Various Locations On and Off Campus

3:30 PM

"My Backyard" Service Project Debrief

Location: HUB Lawn

Join hearts and hands with your fellow classmates and SHO TIME mentors to participate in an exciting service project. Several projects have been identified, attend the SHO TIME Involvement Fair to learn more. All participants will receive a free t-shirt. PSU ID required.

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 19 Aug

Arrival Day for Returning Scholars

Runs through Aug 20

Sat 19 Aug

President's Convocation

Mon 21 Aug

First Day of Classes

Fri 8 Sep

SHC Founders Day

Mon 25 Sep

Schreyer Honors College Freshman Welcome Reception at the University Libraries

Fri 13 Oct

Homecoming Parade Watch

Fri 13 Oct

Parents and Families Weekend

Runs through Oct 15

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