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Women in Engineering Program Orientation (WEPO)

Penn State College of Engineering is committed to providing access to programs and opportunities to all qualified students without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

The Penn State Women in Engineering Program Orientation (WEPO) is an award-winning, four-day orientation designed to align first-year students with mentors and academic and career resources to empower a successful journey to becoming a Penn State world-class engineer!

A Closer Look

Join us Aug. 15-18 to meet 180 first-year engineering students, 50 amazing junior and senior student engineers, network in your new career, and learn engineering resources for success!

Virtual WEPO is an important part of University Park Welcome Week! A detailed agenda will be provided upon registration.

In previous years, WEPO was formatted as an in-person event at University Park. This year, to ensure the health and safety of you, your family, and our community, the event will be a four-day virtual program hosted via Zoom.

WEPO participants will:

  • Make new friends before fall classes begin
  • Partner with an upper-class mentor for their entire first year
  • Network with Penn State alumni and industry partners
  • Build expertise with Penn State online course management systems and engineering software
  • Identify and develop academic resources
  • Participate in an engineering team design project and competition
  • Learn their way around University Park campus
  • Earn 0.5 academic credits before their first semester begins


Registration fee: $150
Fee waivers are available for those with demonstrated financial need.

Registration deadline: Saturday, June 5
Registration will close if capacity is reached before the deadline.



Founded to serve students from groups underrepresented in engineering, the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion assists College of Engineering students, faculty, and staff with equity and inclusion engagement. The center leads the implementation of evidence-based best practices to support student belonging and degree attainment, while also encouraging involvement with justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion programs and organizations. All are welcome!

Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion

College of Engineering

112 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4287