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Penn State Releases Spring 2021 Move-In Dates, Information

Penn State has officially released its plans for on-campus move-in before in-person instruction resumes on February 15.

Penn State Housing’s official move-in process will stagger dates for certain sets of students in an attempt to avoid overcrowding. Move-in will begin on Tuesday, February 9, and prioritize students who are new to campus or moving out of remote learning housing.

Wednesday, February 10, will be reserved for international students who are returning to the dorms. Later, returning students who are moving into a different room assignment from the fall semester will receive the go-ahead on Thursday, February 11.

Finally, all other returning students can move back into their dorms from Friday, February 12, through Sunday, February 14. Instead of heading to their respective commons desks, they’ll be asked to complete a “Self Check-In” through eLiving.

You’ll need to schedule your move-in time online to reserve your spot in advance. To do so, simply head over to eLiving and select a time and date following Housing’s staggered calendar.

It’s important to note that you are not required to move in on your scheduled date. Instead, it’s simply the first day you’re allowed to move in. However, Penn State asks students not to move in before their applicable calendar date to avoid overcrowding.

Before heading back to campus, students must complete Penn State’s pre-arrival COVID-19 testing process and make sure results are received within 72 hours of their planned move-in. If you’re good to go, you’re “Arrival Status” in eLiving should display a green checkmark with a definitive “Ready!” next to it.

Students who are new to campus or need a room key must check in at their corresponding commons desk.

During move-in, Penn State’s COVID-19 precautions will remain in effect. Students and guests must wear face masks and follow social distancing protocols when possible.

Penn State is asking students to bring only one guest along with them to help with move-in. However, to prioritize safety, guests are asked not to enter residence halls.

Additionally, long-term parking will be available throughout the week. Guests are asked to use those lots and limit vehicle unloading trips outside residence halls to 20 minutes.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt is a junior majoring in journalism and Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza. He loves Seinfeld, is really into video games, and would wipe the floor with you in Halo. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ for bad sports takes or email him at [email protected]


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