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Congratulations! This is an exciting time for you as you prepare to come to Penn State Beaver. Your offer of admission is a big part of that journey, but your job isn't over. Now that you have your offer letter in hand, there are several steps you need to take, starting with accepting the offer.

Timeline for Next Steps

Accept Your Offer for 2015

February - May 2015
You can accept your offer of admission by logging onto http://admissions.psu.edu and accepting through your MyPennState account or by visiting campus and paying at the Finance and Business office.

Acceptance Fee: $230
Housing Fee: $100 - Sign housing contract

Note: The housing fee is only for students who plan to live on campus.

Now that you've accepted your offer of admission, there are some other things you'll need to take care of before you begin classes at Penn State Beaver.

  • Apply for financial aid. There's plenty of information in the financial aid section of the site. To apply for financial aid, go to FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Apply for scholarships. You can find information on our scholarship pages and by searching the Internet.
  • Get ready. First-year students are required to participate in NSO (New Student Orientation) and New Student Day. Both will help you get ready to attend Penn State Beaver. You'll receive detailed information about both events ahead of time.
  • Know when to be here. First day of classes? Long weekends? Spring break? December-January holidays? Find out more about all important dates in 2015-2016; just visit the academic calendar.
  • Buy your books. You can get your books and your Penn State gear at the Penn State Beaver bookstore.
  • Buy discounted computer software. As a Penn State student, you're eligible for discounts on certain computer software. To see what's available, visit Software @ Penn State.         

Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) Math Assessment

Prior to New Student Orientation (NSO): Part 1
All first-year students are required to take an online math placement test. This test will help you and your advisor decide which courses you should take. In mid-March you will receive a postcard with information about how to take the test and the deadline for completing online testing.

To take the exam and for more information, please visit advising.psu.edu/aleks.

New Student Orientation (NSO): Part 1 - 2015

June - August 2015
After taking the ALEKS Math Assessment, you'll be invited to attend New Student Orientation (NSO): Part 1. At this program, you'll do the following:

  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Schedule classes for the 2015 fall semester.
  • Review your financial aid package with a counselor.
  • Be sorted into a "Pride" group for the Pride Challenge.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend.

Move-in Day - 2015

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
New students are welcome to move into Harmony Hall residence hall. Student leaders will help you with your bags and everything you're bringing with you!

Please note! To move into Harmony Hall, you must have requested a housing contract when you accepted your offer of admission.

New Student Orientation (NSO): Part 2 - 2015

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
Join the entire Class of 2018 as you're officially welcomed to Penn State! Participate in our annual Pride Challenge where you'll join a team of your classmates and compete for the Pride Cup.

First Day of Class - 2015

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015
Plan to arrive about 5 to 10 minutes before your classes begin. Be sure to bring a pen or pencil, a notebook, your textbook and, if you wish, your laptop or iPad, etc.

Please Note! Penn State Beaver's on-campus bookstore staff recommends that you purchase your textbooks a week prior to the start of the semester. You're also able to reserve your books online as soon as you get your schedule.

Need help?

If you have questions about how to go from receiving your offer letter to starting your first day of classes at Penn State Beaver, please contact an admissions counselor. We're here to help you!