To help you get started on a path to success at Penn State you will need to learn more about the Penn State community, academic and co-curricular expectations and opportunities, and ways to begin meeting your educational and career goals. The programs and events listed on this page are designed to do just that.
New Student Orientation
At New Student Orientation (NSO), you will visit your campus to meet with campus personnel, develop educational goals, become familiar with campus resources, and schedule courses to put your academic plan into action. For University Park students, New Student Orientation is a two-day program.
All new Penn State students must complete these steps:
- Complete your Educational Planning Survey
- Take your ALEKS Math Assessment
- Attend New Student Orientation
A Note for those attending NSO at University Park:
As you are plan your visit to University Park for NSO, we've compiled a list of tips to help you have a good experience:
- Check in at South Halls first. You must check in to the program at South Halls before proceeding to your assigned parking lot.
- Bring an umbrella. It's often just a quick shower during the day, but it rains frequently during the summer in State College.
- Bring a sweater. Many of our NSO participants report that they're sometimes chilly during NSO sessions.
- Wear walking shoes. University Park is a big place, and you'll spend a lot of time walking around campus during NSO.
- Pack a blanket. We provide linens for your overnight stay, but if you get cold at night, you may want to consider bringing along a blanket with you.
- Bring a non-perishable food or personal toiletry item. We're partnering with Lion's Pantry and Project Cahir to provide support for students and State College community members in need on behalf of the Class of 2018. Start your Penn State experience by making a donation to help out your peers!
- One of your first steps during NSO is to get your Penn State id+ card. You'll need a valid driver's license, passport, state-issued photo or military ID, or Permanent Resident Card.
The instructions provided on this page are designed to help you plan your travel arrangements to NSO.
University Park is undergoing many major road construction projects this summer which may significantly impact your travel to campus. Please allow extra time to arrive at your destination and follow the driving/local directions provided on this page to avoid unwanted delays/detours.
Do not use your GPS; please use these driving directions to get to campus.