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AURORA Penn State Outdoor Orientation Programs

AURORA Program Changes for 2020

Penn State announced on Wednesday, April 15, that the University will continue remote learning and online courses into summer given the continuing challenge and uncertainly of the coronavirus pandemic and to protect the health of students, faculty and staff. As a result, the AURORA Outdoor Orientation Program will move all programming online. Please see our new FAQ for more information.

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

AURORA Session for LEAP Students:
August 6–10, 2020

AURORA Fall Week:
August 17–21, 2020


Have questions? Find answers in our FAQ

Essential Information Packet

Download the Essential Information Packet to prepare for your adventure.

Download the AURORA PDF

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