NSO for Parents & Family Members

New Student Orientation (NSO) provides activities for both new students and their families. Because family support is an important factor in student success, a companion orientation program has been designed to meet the transition needs of parents & family members. Parents & family members will attend some sessions with their student, but some sessions will be attended separately.

The Parent & Family NSO will include:

  • a session introducing Penn State's academic structure and the role of co-curricular learning;
  • a dedicated session discussing your student's health, safety, & personal responsibility;
  • an overview of career & internship support services available to students; and 
  • a panel Q&A session with current Penn State students.

There is no additional charge for parents & family members to attend NSO, but guests will pay for their own meals. When deciding who will attend NSO as a guest of the student, please keep in mind that NSO is not designed with extended family or young children in mind.


Parents & Families Pre-NSO Homework

To prepare for NSO family members can:

  • Become acquainted with Penn State's academic requirements. Academic advisers help students navigate these requirements, but being familiar with the structure of a Penn State degree will help families support their students to use university resources and opportunities. Students are asked to complete several assignments prior to NSO. Families are also encouraged to view two of these:
    • General Education at Penn State 
    • Our Transfer Credit Worksheet helps students who took college courses, AP, A-Level, or IB exams determine how these credits may become part of their Penn State records. Students will need this information when working with advisers during NSO. Please encourage your student to download and complete.
  • Review financial planning for Penn State
    • Semester bills are generated by the Office of the Bursar. Their website has details about billing, payment due dates, and payment options.
    • Penn State's Office of Student Aid provides details for parents and families about your student's eligibility and how to apply for financial assistance.
    • Start developing a plan for future educational expenses by visiting the Net Price Calculator available at tuition.psu.edu.
    • Penn State's Financial Literacy & Wellness Center offers a robust pool of information to help your student make informed decisions about money management
  • Learn about Delegated Access and Authorized Payers in LionPATH
    • LionPATH is Penn State's Student Information System. This is where your student will gain access to their educational record. They are able to grant access to others using the Delegated Access and Authorized Payer system. Your student is responsible for setting up Delegated Access and Authorized Payer. They will need your personal email address to provide access. When you have been granted access by your student, you will receive an email invitation with instructions on how to access LionPATH.
    • You can learn more by visiting our LionPATH Help Page for parents & families.
  • Remind your student to submit their Immunization Verification Form.
    • All incoming undergraduate students must submit proof of immunizations prior to their NSO. Visit the University Health Services website for information on required immunizations and to download the Penn State Immunization Verification Form. Using the two-step process outlined on the website, please make sure that your student submits their information to myUHS prior to arriving on campus.
      • Step 1:  PRINT and TAKE the Penn State Immunization Verification Form to your health care provider for completion.
      • Step 2:  Have your student Log in to myUHS using their Penn State access credentials, and upload images of the completed Penn State Immunization Verification Form and, if applicable, any positive antibody titer blood test results. 
    • For questions or more information, this FAQ page may help.
  • Learn about Health Insurance at Penn State. 
    • Penn State requires all international students to have health insurance and is moving toward an initiative to implement a University-wide health insurance requirement for the 2019-2020 academic year. 
    • For 2018-2019, Penn State students must submit their health insurance information through LionPATH after they schedule classes. Please encourage your student to complete this important annual requirement.
    • Health care services can be very costly and unexpected expenses can be disruptive to your student's academic progress. Penn State offers a comprehensive health insurance plan at a competitive price to students who are uninsured or underinsured at the campus they attend. 
    • For more information about Health Insurance at Penn State, please visit the University Health Services website.
  • Penn State Parent and Family Experience
    • Student success improves when parents and families are appropriately engaged in their student's college experience; that makes you an important mentor for your student. One of the best ways to support your student is to become familiar with the campus resources you need to help your student navigate the challenges and triumphs of college life. The Penn State Parent and Family Experience provides you with a portal designed to keep you up-to-date on campus new, resources, and much more.
  • Check out the Penn State Parents Program

Please note: Parents and families attending NSO at University Park should consider packing a light sweater and reusable water bottle to use during your visit. 

Last updated: July 25, 2018