ORION Expedition

Find Your Place in PennsylvaniaORION

Are you enrolling at Penn State in the summer? The fall? At a different campus? Want to explore the wilderness surrounding University Park? Then ORION is for you! AURORA’s longest running expedition — since 1996 — ORION has been the foundation of a successful college career for many Penn State students. Earn three credits on a five-day backpacking adventure as you explore central Pennsylvania and ease your transition into Penn State.

During ORION, You’ll…

  • Engage in fun, challenging outdoor experiences
  • Meet other incoming students and explore together
  • Foster your personal wellness; bolster your self-esteem
  • Learn for life the skills of backpacking and camping
  • Discover a stronger appreciation of the natural world
  • Gain insight into life at Penn State and how to succeed

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All of our expeditions are unique in their own way. Take a look at ORION’s frequently asked questions to learn more about our most popular program.

Registration Information

ORION Session for LEAP Students:
August 3–8, 2019

ORION Fall Week 1:
For any Penn State student, regardless of campus, starting in fall semester
August 12–16, 2019

ORION Fall Week 2:
For University Park students, including International students
August 19–23, 2019

ORION FAQ

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