Get Involved

Get Involved

We greatly appreciate the support and commitment from our parents to enhance our events on and off-campus. We encourage you to participate and get involved! Below is a list of opportunities that we welcome you to be a part of and greatly appreciate your time and support.

Parent Engagement Opportunities

Parent Volunteers: Parent volunteers assist in supporting Penn State Abington through engagement in volunteer activities both on-campus and off-campus. The Parents’ Program will send literature several months before event.

Parent Mentors: Support students in their planning for life after college. Help to potentially launch a career by occasionally connecting with students seeking industry-specific career advice.

Internship Opportunities: A formal program introducing a student to your current business or workplace to provide experience into the workforce or area of interest.

Support: Help support the University’s priorities through philanthropy. Designations to give to include Penn State Abington Athletics, Ogontz General Scholarship, Penn State Abington Future Fund, Abington Library, Abington Alumni Society Academic Award, or wherever you would like to direct your gift. Please visit the Make a Gift portion of the Parents’ Program website if you would like to make a contribution.

Parents at Penn State Day

Parents at Penn State Day

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Parents Council at Abington

The Penn State Abington Parents Council is a group of influential parents of current Penn State Abington students who serve as knowledgeable and generous advocates for the institution. Through engagement, service, advocacy and philanthropy, our Parents Council leaders help advance the mission of the University and enhance the living and learning experience for all current and future Penn State Abington students.

The Parents’ Program at Abington was established in 2016 to increase parent involvement, communicate regularly with parents, and forge a strong bond between parents and the University. The program intent is to assist Penn State in providing a positive experience for parents of undergraduate students, help shape the parental engagement and outreach initiatives of the Parent Program at Abington, encourage involvement and participation from parents that reflect Abington’s diverse undergraduate student population.


Attend bi-annual Council meetings, provide strategic input to senior administrators regarding issues of importance to parents and students, represent the Parents Council at parent and family events and through other outreach efforts as needed, help recruit future Parents Council members, participate in Parents’ Program assessment efforts, maintain frequent contact with Penn State Parents Program staff. Serve a two-year renewable term.


An opportunity to shape the parent and family experience at Penn State Abington, the ability to maintain involvement with your student’s educational institution, becoming more knowledgeable about University resources and programs that support student learning and engagement, opportunities to engage with University administrators on a regular basis, the opportunity to meet and network with other Penn State families, invitations to special events – i.e., dinner with the Chancellor.

You will:

  • Gain a deeper connection with the University and the leaders in Development
  • Benefit from special insider information from the University
  • Explore potential business or social interactions with members of the Parents Council and other leadership groups
  • Benefit from special seating at some Penn State sporting events, such as football games at University Park


Council members must be a parent or supporting family member of a full-time undergraduate student of Penn State University Park. Members must share the belief that familial support enhances student success in college and must seek to make a positive impact on student life at Penn State through their involvement with the Parents Program. Interested family members are asked to make a two-year commitment to ensure continuity on the Council. The Parents Council strives to recruit members that represent the diversity of Penn State’s undergraduate student population.
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Lions Gate Residence Hall


Parents Housing

Parents Housing

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We are thrilled to announce the Lions Gate Residence Halls opening Fall of 2017. Primarily for first year students, the residence halls will feature four to six students per apartment style, each equipped with a kitchen and private bathroom. Two line-in professional staff, 10 Resident Assistants, card-access entry for a safe living environment, shuttle service between the residence hall and Abington’s campus.

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We greatly appreciate your on-going support!