NSO for Parents & Family Members

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 two-day Parent & Family NSO Program will include:

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

Day 1 (January 6) for parents & family members begins with check-in at the HUB-Robeson Center at 12:45pm. Day 1 concludes around 5:30pm for parents & family members attending NSO. Students and their parents & family members will begin Day 2 (January 7) together at 8:30am. NSO programming for parents & family members concludes at lunchtime on Sunday, January 7. 

There is no additional charge for parents & family members to attend NSO, but guests will need to secure their own overnight accommodations and 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.

Note: Meals are already provided for each student attending NSO on January 6-7. Housing is provided for students living on-campus for the spring 2018 semester. Any students commuting to campus will return home after student programming concludes on January 6 and return to campus on January 7.


Parent & Family Member 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:

  • The structure of a Penn State Degree introduces new students to the overarching goals of higher education at Penn State. Please note: This module is best viewed in a browser that is not Google Chrome. Additionally, please ensure that you have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player installed. 
  • Transferring credit to Penn State helps students who took college courses or AP 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.

Review financial planning for Penn State

Learn about Delegated Access in LionPATH

To access your student's data in LionPATH (Penn State's Student Information System), your student will need to give you delegated access or make you an authorized payer. Your student is responsible for setting up delegated access and authorized payers; 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 & family members

University Health Services

All incoming undergraduate students must submit proof of immunizations prior to the start of the semester. 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 a copy of 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, visit 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 new 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.

Visit the Penn State Parents Program website.

Last updated: November 2, 2017