All About New Student Orientation

As we get closer to May 1, more and more students are accepting their offers of admission and beginning the New Student Orientation process. Here’s what you can expect from NSO:

  1. When you accept your offer of admission, the NSO office will send you an email with more information about completing your Educational Planning Survey and ALEKS Math Assessment. Though it might seem scary to take a test before you even begin college, please know that your results will have no impact on your academic record as a student. Instead, we use the results of the math assessment to help you schedule the best courses for your first semester. It is very important that you complete these two things before you come so you can truly benefit from speaking to your adviser while at NSO.
  2. Once the planning survey and math assessment are complete, you receive a nso_blackpostcard outlining your next steps in the process. If you are a University Park student, your postcard will indicate your assigned NSO date. If you are starting at another campus, your postcard will have instructions on how to register for NSO at your campus. Note that the registration process may vary slightly from campus to campus.

Okay! You’ve completed all of those things, now what? Well, now you come to campus!

New Student Orientation is a two-day experience at University Park, and one day at the other locations. Since the program can be different at each campus, I won’t go into too much detail, but the general things you can expect are:

  • Meeting a lot of really cool people and starting to build your network of friends at Penn State
  • Talking to an academic adviser about your career plans
  • Taking care of basic things like getting your ID card and learning where to ask for what
  • Getting a glimpse of what your life will be like
  • Learning about Penn State and your campus

The New Student Orientation office is also planning special programs for transfer students and adult learner/veteran students this summer. These one-day programs are specific to the needs of these groups and designed to help facilitate the transition into Penn State. Please visit the NSO website for more information.

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