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New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) is comprised of three sections. Here's an overview and links that will take you to more information about each section.

NSO: Advising, Counseling, and Scheduling

Sessions are offered Tuesday through Friday, June 16 to 19, and Wednesday through Friday, July 22 to 24, 2015.

Beginning in March, you'll take the online Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) placement test from the comfort of your home. Once your test is completed, you'll be invited to an on-campus day of academic preparation when you'll meet with an educational consultant and an academic adviser to plan your fall schedule. A concurrent track for parents/guardians will address issues most relevant to them, such as how to pay University bills and what to expect once their student is enrolled.

Advising and Scheduling

NSO: Discovering your Penn State Pride

This day is dedicated to bringing you together with other new students to kick off your new life at Penn State. This orientation program, which is required, prepares you for the academic challenges that lie ahead and shares resources that will enhance your success as a new Penn State student. Your "Pride Group," which is comprised of student peer leaders, faculty, staff, and other new students, will be instrumental in acclimating you to the campus and helping you meet other students. The day is designed to ensure an enthusiastic and positive start to your educational journey at Penn State. 

Additional details about Discovering Your Pride can be found here!

NSO: First-Year Experience and Success

Fall 2015 Semester

The First-Year Experience and Success courses are designed exclusively for first-year students to support their successful transition - academically, socially, and personally - from high school to college. Throughout the semester, students will participate in a combination of group activities, workshops, and individually applied instruction. Faculty, staff, and peers help students gain knowledge and practical skills to enhance academic performance and facilitate integration into campus life.

First-Year Experience and Success


New Student Orientation (NSO) Testing

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

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