New Student Orientation at University Park

Congratulations on your admission to Penn State's University Park campus! If you're not a University Park student, please select your campus of admission.

If you are an international student attending International Student Orientation, please click here for more information from the University Office of Global Programs.

New Student Orientation at University Park is a two-day experience aimed at providing you, and your family, with an introduction to life on campus, in the classroom, and in State College. All new students are expected to attend NSO and stay overnight with us during your assigned program. You will receive your assigned arrival date once you complete your Educational Planning Survey and take your ALEKS Math Assessment. This information will arrive on a postcard through the mail. Do not make travel arrangements until you receive your assigned NSO arrival date.

A companion two-day Parent & Family program is available for any parents or family members that will be traveling to University Park with you. 

Here is a sample of some of the sessions that you and your parents and family members will attend during New Student Orientation:

  • an official welcome to Penn State University;
  • information on billing & financial aid;
  • an opportunity to meet with a current Penn State student;
  • an educational planning session;
  • a discussion about staying healthy & campus safety;
  • information about getting involved and engaged in the campus experience; and
  • social opportunities for you and your guests.

Additional information about our expectations for you as a new Penn State student will be woven throughout the program, such as academic integrity, personal responsibility and respecting difference.

NSO will begin at 12:45pm on Day 1 and conclude at 5:00pm on Day 2. There is no additional fee for you to stay with us in the residence halls during NSO. Your parents or guests will have the option to stay on campus as well for an additional fee. Additional information about the schedule, your pre-arrival checklist, travel and accommodations will be provided once you receive your assigned NSO date.

We look forward to seeing you soon at University Park!

Individuals with Disabilities

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Certain NSO activities will be in large auditoriums, and it will be necessary to walk some distance between campus locations. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us (at 814-865-2578 from 8:00am to 5:00pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday) at least two weeks before your assigned NSO program.

Parents or guests needing additional help should plan to bring along a family member or friend, as we don't have staff available for this purpose.

Note: If you were admitted late to Penn State or changed your NSO arrival date and, therefore, cannot contact our office two weeks in advance of your program, please contact us immediately to see if arrangements for special accommodations can be made.

To receive consideration for reasonable accommodations after attending New Student Orientation, you must contact the Office for Disability Services (ODS), participate in an intake interview, and provide documentation. To view one student's experience with the Office for Disability Services, please follow this link on YouTube.