New Student Move-In… the beginning of new beginnings


Central Penn College hosts New Student Move-In the weekend before classes begin. This day is filled with grey moving bins, stacks of luggage, and cars loaded with necessities, which line College Hill Road, and fill the nearby college parking lots. 

Move-In is always an exciting day, which is filled with questions and inquiries from both parents and students. Questions like: Where is the laundry on campus? What are the hours of the Knight & Day Café? Where is the nearest grocery store? And what kind of weekend activities are around? Of course, these are just to name a few.  Thankfully, there are plenty of knowledgeable folks from the Residence Life and Admissions teams around to answer all of these questions! 

Move-in day can also be a bit scary – especially for first-year students. For most students, this is the first time they will be away from home. Move-In marks a new journey – the beginning of new beginnings.

Anyone working in Residence Life or Student Services can tell you that Move-In is the critical first step in setting the tone for a student’s collegiate experience. For this reason, Move-In is accompanied by programs and activities intended to help new students feel welcomed to our Central Penn family. New students will have the chance to meet the whole Residence Life team at a welcome dinner, as well as being building relationships with their housemates through facilitated Suite Meetings.

Studies have shown that the first six weeks of college are crucial to personal development and growth, which is why new students will continue to participate in Housing Orientation activities throughout their first term. Many experts have suggested that it is good for new students to remain on campus and reduce their trips home on the weekends during this adjustment period. This allows students to fully embrace their new journey while encouraging them to focus on their studies, make new friends, and get involved on campus.

We look forward to welcoming new students on campus each term at Move-In… were it all begins!

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