Welcome To Penn State!
Our office aims to provide you and your family with programs and services that support your successful academic, social, and personal transition to, and through, the University. Let's get started!
New Student Orientation
All new first-year students to Penn State must participate in New Student Orientation (NSO). At NSO, you will meet with faculty and staff, begin to develop goals for your time at Penn State, learn about campus resources, and schedule courses for your first semester. Before proceeding with your required NSO steps, you must activate your Access Account (email from identity [at] psu.edu). This may different from the Friends of Penn State (FPS) account you created to apply to Penn State, and action is required on your part.
Once you activate your Access Account, NSO is a four step process:
- Take your ALEKS Math Assessment
- Make your reservation to attend NSO
- Do your Pre-NSO Homework
- Attend New Student Orientation
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 new Penn State University Park 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.
The Change-of-Campus Welcome program takes place the Sunday before classes begin. The program offers you an opportunity to learn about the classroom environment, continuing your involvement, academic advising, navigating the campus, the CATA Bus system, and much more. You will also meet current University Park students to hear about their transition experiences from commonwealth campuses. Visit changeofcampus.psu.edu for more details about the program.