First-year student orientation

First-year student orientation

First-year students need to attend New Student Orientation (NSO) and an academic advising session. Some preparation is needed before attending NSO.

  1. Take the ALEKS Math Assessment
  2. Complete the Educational Planning Survey
  3. Register for NSO at Penn State Greater Allegheny (available in April)
  4. Prepare for Academic Advising by completing your pre-NSO homework
  5. Learn about the financial aid process for first-year students and paying your bill
  6. Attend NSO


All new students (regardless of age) are expected to complete Penn State AWARE (a sexual assault awareness learning module), and students who are 21 and under must complete Penn State SAFE (Student Alcohol Feedback and Education).  Following orientation, please check your Penn State Webmail account for information and updates about accessing and completing Penn State SAFE and Penn State AWARE.

You may log in and complete the Penn State SAFE and Penn State AWARE programs once invitation is sent via email.  Information and log-on for the SAFE and AWARE online learning resources can be found at http://edge.psu.edu/firstyear/.