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Advising & Scheduling

Congratulations on becoming a Penn State Beaver student! Please review the timeline below. If you have questions that aren't addressed here, please contact Jennie Ward, staff assistant, Office of the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) and Advising Program and Office of the Registrar, 724-773-3789.

If applying for financial aid, please be sure to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.) Penn State recommends that you complete your FAFSA before March 1 in order to receive maximum consideration for all aid programs.


After you accept your offer from Penn State and pay your acceptance fee, you will receive instructions, via email or postcard, about how to complete your Educational Planning Survey (EPS) and online placement test.

Watch for this communication! It contains critical information about your personalized New Student Orientation (NSO) timeline!

Late March

Complete your Educational Planning Survey (EPS) and placement tests.

Educational Planning Survey
This survey will help us help you when you visit Penn State Beaver on your advising day.

ALEKS Placement Test
This math placement test is accessible via Internet from any location.

Beginning in May

Students who have completed their placement testing should expect to receive an invitation from Penn State Beaver to attend New Student Orientation (NSO). This process continues on a rolling basis as results of the Educational Planning Survey (EPS) and placement tests are received. This is a first-come, first-served system. Therefore, the sooner you pay the acceptance fee and complete the EPS and placement tests, the sooner you will be invited to attend one of our NSO sessions.

June through August

The 2014 NSO sessions will be held as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 24, through Friday, June 27, 2014 
  • Tuesday, July 15, and Wednesday, July 16, and Friday, July 18, 2014 (No NSO session on Thursday, July 17)
  • Tuesday, August 5, 2014
  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014 

NSO is a half-day program that begins in the morning and ends by mid-afternoon.


New Student Orientation Testing

For testing, planning, and other information, please visit Penn State's New Student Orientation page.

MyPlan.com Interest Inventory