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New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) has three parts. Here's an overview and links to where you can get more information about each part.

NSO: Advising, Counseling & Scheduling

Sessions are offered June 24-27 and July 15-18, 2014.

You'll take online placement tests in math and chemistry from the comfort of your home, beginning in March. Once your tests are complete, 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 will address issues most relevant to them, such as how to pay the bill and what they can expect once you enroll.

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 required orientation program prepares you for the academic challenges that lie ahead while sharing resources to enhance your success as a new Penn State student. Your Pride Group, made up 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 2014 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 Testing

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

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