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AURORA Penn State Outdoor Orientation Programs

Important changes to AURORA programming for 2021

With the health and wellness of all Penn State students and staff in mind, AURORA has decided to offer all 2021 programming through the SIRIUS expedition. This decision was made with the guidance from both university officials and peer outdoor orientation programs across the nation.

All students eligible to participate in any AURORA expedition are now eligible to participate in SIRIUS, and we encourage all students to begin their college career with AURORA.

Not Sure How to Start College? Earn Credit Outside!

Hey, we get it. You’re new to Penn State and wondering where to begin. Luckily, Penn State’s AURORA program offers you the chance to ease your transition through one of our unique backpacking expeditions. Each expedition gives you the opportunity to meet other incoming students, get outside, earn 3 GHW credits, and learn about life at Penn State from upperclassmen — all while having fun on an unforgettable adventure! Our fall expeditions run before the semester begins, so you’ll have a huge head start before classes begin! Even better, there’s no outdoor experience required. For more than two decades, thousands of students have taken their first step toward collegiate success with AURORA… will you?

Information and Registration

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All students will participate through the virtual SIRIUS expedition. Hit the link for dates and more info!

Have questions? Find answers in our SIRIUS FAQ

Learn about AURORA’s Expeditions:

  • RIGEL Expedition RIGEL Expedition - Offered only to students transferring into University Park, RIGEL is a backpacking expedition modeled after our award-winning ORION trip. Explore the wilderness surrounding your new home at Penn State in central Pennsylvania!
  • SIRIUS Expedition - AURORA’s virtual expedition, SIRIUS, was built to cater to all students of all abilities from all campuses. Earn three credits on a five-day virtual adventure as you explore the United States remotely while easing your transition into Penn State.

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