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Women in Engineering Program Orientation (WEPO)

WEPO is an immersive orientation designed to introduce first-year women to Penn State College of Engineering and to the engineering career path. This three-day award-winning orientation engages students in resource building, career preparation, and active mentoring to facilitate academic and career success. WEPO consistently generates unparalleled engineering retention metrics!

A Closer Look

During WEPO, participants stay at the Nittany Lion Inn at University Park with upper-level WEP engineering mentors. Participants accepted to University Park will be able to move into their residence halls on the Wednesday prior to the first day of classes, ahead of other University Park students.

WEPO participants will:

  • Build partnerships with a successful upper-level WEP mentors
  • Acclimate to resources, engineering software, and online course management tools
  • Learn success strategies for academic achievement and personal wellness
  • Participate in a professional networking reception and career dinner
  • Make friends with women in your classes and dorms
  • Engage in a hands-on engineering design project
  • Build their first technical résumé
  • Network with faculty, staff, alumni, and students
  • Move into residence halls early (University Park students only)


All WEPO activities (meals and housing) are provided by WEP. Participants pay only the $225 registration fee. Fee waivers are available for those with demonstrated financial need.

Register for WEPO 2020!

  • August 19-21, 2020
    Penn State University Park


The Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion assists women and multicultural students in the pursuit of their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our support system of faculty and staff encourages current students to become involved with our programs and student organizations.

Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion

College of Engineering

112 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4287