Free Photos, Food and Shirts for Transfer and Change-of-Campus Students

Story posted October 24, 2019 in CommRadio, Sports by Jack McCune

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State is recognizing transfer and change-of-campus students all week by hosting several activities as part of National Student Transfer Week.

Transfer and change-of-campus students had a chance to get a free professional photo taken next to the Lion Shrine Monday afternoon, and free coffee, muffins and bagels were offered to all students Tuesday morning next to the library steps. On Thursday, transfer students will be able to pick up a t-shirt for their academic college at the Bank of America Career Services Center while enjoying free Creamery ice cream.

The events provide useful connections for resources and services for transfer students. Raj Karan Singh (junior, economics), a transfer student from Temple, said that University Park has its own valuable resources that can’t be found anywhere else.

“All the career fairs have been really helpful,” Singh said. “I’ve landed two internships since I’ve been here in a matter of a year.”

Free events like these are commonplace in Happy Valley, but they aren’t available everywhere. Karley Manzo (senior, biobehavioral health), who also transferred from Temple, said that public events were more difficult and less inviting in the city because it wasn’t a safe area like State College.

“[University Park] is definitely a lot different than…Temple, and it’s amazing,” Manzo said. “The atmosphere is amazing.”

Penn State’s Office of Student Orientation and Transition Programs, which is hosting this week’s events, is highlighting profiles of transfer and change-of-campus students on its Instagram ( and Twitter ( pages all week long.

Transferring is now more popular than ever, according to the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students. Over 1,500 students transferred from another college to Penn State this semester, and over 4,000 Penn State students changed campuses. The university expects both numbers to keep increasing for years to come.


Jack McCune is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email