POLARIS Expedition

Note: POLARIS will not be held in 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. All students eligible to participate in any AURORA expedition are now eligible to participate in SIRIUS.


We know you hear it calling — adventure, challenge, and breathtaking beauty awaits you with POLARIS! Situated in the Crawford Notch area of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, POLARIS sends you backpacking through New England’s most rugged mountains. There, awe-inspiring vistas will stir up something good inside you and leave you breathless. Since 2015, POLARIS has offered first-year University Park students an unforgettable adventure that earns them three credits and eases their transition into college.

During POLARIS, 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

Wanna Know More?

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

Registration Information

Note: POLARIS will not be offered in 2021. Check back for information about the return of the program.