Learning takes place in many ways beyond the classroom experience. Pierpont Community & Technical College encourages students to take advantage of the wide variety of academic, cultural and social opportunities that are offered. Each semester, new students are offered a “Welcome Weekend” experience, specifically designed to orient new students to college life in general. It is open to all students, regardless of whether they reside in on-campus housing. Upperclassmen (Freshman Counselors) mentor the new students and encourage them to ask questions and get involved. The goal of Welcome Weekend is to let new students know they have mentors who can help them navigate issues and concerns that may arise, and help them become familiar with the campus environment.