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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 pair first-year students with mentors and highlight academic and career resources to empower a successful journey to becoming a Penn State world-class engineer!

A Closer Look

WEPO participants will meet 140 first-year College of Engineering student peers and 50 inspiring upper-level College of Engineering student leaders and mentors. Participants will network in their new career, learn engineering resources for success, and earn one academic credit!

WEPO is an important part of University Park Welcome Week! A detailed WEPO agenda will be provided to registrants in early July. Full participation in the four-day agenda is required to earn academic credit.

WEPO participants will:

  • Make new friends before fall classes begin
  • Partner with an upper-class mentor for their entire first year
  • Earn one academic credit before the first semester begins
  • 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 your way around University Park campus
  • Move into University Park residence halls early (Monday, August 19)


WEPO fee: $150 for WEPO four-day participation and one academic credit. Fee waivers are available for those with demonstrated financial need.

Early arrival fee: An additional $90 will be charged to participants' Bursar accounts for early arrival on Monday, August 19. 


Deadline: Wednesday, June 5
Registration will close and names will be added to a waitlist if capacity is reached before the deadline.

  • WEPO 2024
    August 20-23
    Penn State University Park
    Early move-in required: August 19
    Earn one academic credit 

  • Program Registration fee: $150
    Early Arrival fee: $90



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