Our office, through collaborative partnerships, aims to provide you and your family with a comprehensive learning experience that supports a successful academic, social, and personal transition to the University. This is accomplished through a variety of programs, including:
New Student Orientation
All new first-year students to Penn State must participate in New Student Orientation (NSO). At NSO, you will visit your campus to meet with faculty and staff, begin to develop academic and co-curricular goals, become familiar with campus resources, and schedule courses for your first semester to begin putting your academic plan into action. NSO is a three step process:
- Complete your Educational Planning Survey
- Take your ALEKS Math Assessment
- Attend New Student Orientation
Link UP is a one-day visit program for current first-year students at any of Penn State's Commonwealth campuses considering making a campus change. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday, April 2 at University Park. Connect with the Student Activities/Student Life staff at your campus for information about making your reservation to attend. A reservation is required.
Change-of-Campus Welcome at University Park
Even though you've likely attended New Student Orientation (NSO) at your campus, your transition to University Park isn't complete without your participation in Change-of-Campus Welcome. This welcome program takes place just prior to the start of the fall semester and provides you with an opportunity to connect with other students new to University Park, learn about the academic support and student services available on campus, and meet faculty and staff in your college of enrollment.
Transfer Student Orientation at University Park
If you have chosen to continue your college education at Penn State University Park after beginning your degree at another college or university, you are expected to attend Transfer Student Orientation (TSO). At TSO, you will have an opportunity to meet with an academic adviser, finalize your first semester course schedule, take care of some of your to-do list items, and learn about the ways in which Penn State differs from your previous college or university.
Welcome Week at University Park
Welcome Week occurs at the beginning of each semester (summer, fall, and spring) and is full of activities to help get to know your Penn State home, including: the President's New Student Convocation, College Dean's Meetings, residence hall events, Involvement Fairs, days of service, and more. Many of the activities held during Welcome Week are required for all new students including first-year, change-of-campus, and transfer students.