Welcome To Penn State!

Our office is here to help you and your family as you start your transition to Penn State. Let's get started!

New Student Orientation

All incoming first-year students at Penn State must take part in New Student Orientation (NSO). At NSO, you will meet other incoming first-year students, learn about campus resources, and schedule courses for your first semester. NSO is a four step process:

  1. Take your ALEKS Math Assessment
  2. Make your Reservation to Attend NSO
  3. Do your Pre-NSO Homework
  4. Attend New Student Orientation

You will use your Penn State Access Account (e.g., abc5123) to access each of the steps listed above.

If you're admitted to Penn State for summer or fall 2019, information about New Student Orientation will be available in March 2019.

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 you get to know your new 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. 

Change-of-Campus Welcome

The Change-of-Campus Welcome program takes place the Sunday before classes begin. In this program, you will learn about what to expect in your classes, how to get involved at University Park, what the best ways to get around campus are, and much more. You will also meet current University Park students who transitioned from commonwealth campuses to hear about their experiences. Visit changeofcampus.psu.edu for more details about the program.

Last updated: February 14, 2019