Penn State has accepted you, and you have accepted us! You’ve received your New Student Orientation date, and you may be nervous and not know what to expect.
Well, good thing you came to this blog post!
During new student orientation you will get to stay overnight in one of our residence halls and see what it’s like to live in a dorm. You will be with a roommate and an orientation group.
For the overnight stay, you only need the typical necessities: toiletries, weather appropriate clothing, comfortable shoes (there is a lot of walking during NSO), and your phone charger. You will get to tour the campus again, and who doesn’t love strolling along our beautiful campus. You also get to bond with your group and share thoughts and feelings about leaving high school and starting your college career.
A bonus that many students have reported about NSO is that many find friends on that first day. Then, after all the scheduled activities are finished, they meet up and go to the Berkey Creamery and walk around the rest of campus – the parts that are not on the tour route. This gives you a chance to familiarize yourself even more with campus before you get here for your first semester.
So don’t be shy, which is easier said than done, but everyone around you is in the same shoes. Get the phone number or Snapchat of the person next to you!
The second day is the most fun because you get to meet with an adviser from your college and plan your first semester! All of our advisers are very knowledgeable and helpful with making sure you are on the right path for graduation. We also have so many interesting and unusual classes that you may not have had in high school. For example, we have fun classes that complete the general health and physical activity credits. For example, you can take yoga or racquetball.
In addition, you get to learn all about what Penn State has to offer, from financial aid to the technology services.
After NSO, you’ll leave State College with some new friends to start out your college journey, fun new classes, and a better knowledge of the awesome University you’ll be able to call home.