We are excited to help you begin your Penn State Story this summer with our in-person New Student Orientation (NSO). This day long event will combine engagement with our Student Orientation Leaders, PSUGA staff and our Academic Advising Team.
We are now accepting reservations for NSO. When you make a reservation for orientation, you should select a date where you and a member of your personal support circle can travel and spend the day with us on our lovely campus. In addition, you will get a chance to experience breakfast and lunch prepared by our wonderful food service team, tour campus, and more.
You’ll be able to make a reservation for support circle members to participate in NSO as well through the reservation system. Separate, but concurrent, programming options will be available for family members who wish to support you through the orientation process. Please add them as your guest(s) to ensure they receive important information about orientation.
Specifically, you will experience the following during NSO:
- A University welcome from our campus chancellor and NSO coordinator,
- Small group sessions facilitated by our GA orientation leaders.
- A chance to complete the ALEKS placement test for Math placement,
- A session to discuss your financial aid package,
- A one-on-one academic advising appointment
What’s your time commitment? We estimate that you will spend about 6.5 to 8 hours in person and with us on your selected orientation date.
To learn more about the technology and connectivity recommendations, check out the Connect to Tech Student Technology Guide.
Welcome Week is a day-long session dedicated to bringing you together with other new students to kick off your journey as Penn Staters. This program, which is required, will allow you to meet faculty, staff, and other students; learn about campus life; and prepare for the academic challenges and resources that lie ahead. It also includes Academic Convocation, which formally welcomes you to Penn State and the Greater Allegheny Campus.
Please choose the appropriate category below to learn the steps in making the transition to Penn State.
- First year students
- Transfer students and adult learners
- International students