NSO Website & Resource Index

You and your family members attended a lot of information sessions during New Student Orientation!  For more information about any of the topics discussed or resources referenced, see our index below.
Students: An electronic copy of our 2018 NSO Guide is available here.
Parents and Families: An electronic copy of our 2018 Parents and Families Guide is available here

Welcome to Penn State!

Code of ConductThe Office of Student Conduct's guidelines for maintaining a safe and civil Penn State community. 

First Year Top-10 ListAccomplishing many of the tasks on this list should heighten your overall first year experience.

LionPATHLionPATH is Penn State's Student Information System.

Life at University Park

Adult Learner ProgramFind resources and opportunities that complement your needs as a non-traditional undergraduate student.

The Daily Collegian (student newspaper)Stay updated with this student-run professional newspaper.

Career ServicesSpeak with an advisor about getting the most out of your future.

Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA)CATA provides public transportation, campus and off-campus commute through the area.

Food ServicesThis site will explain the Penn State Meal Plan.

HUB-Robeson CenterThis student center on campus provides opportunities for everyone.

id+ CardManage the resources on your student ID.

LionCash+The easiest way to do laundry, eat downtown, and purchase supplies for class.

Newspaper Readership ProgramStay informed about the Penn State community and the world through this program.

Off-Campus LivingApartments and leases made easy.

Penn State BookstoreTextbooks, supplies, clothing, and coffee, all within the HUB-Robeson Center!

Penn State MobilePenn State resources easy to navigate through your phone.

Residence LifeBuilding a community in your living area on campus.

Student Legal ServicesHere to help you navigate legal issues with free meetings.

Sustainability InstituteJoin other students who are working for a sustainable future.

Smart & Safe at State

Affirmative ActionPromoting equal opportunity and diversity.

Annual Security ReportLearn about security, sign up for alerts, or report a crime.

Gender Equity Center
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)Encouragement and support for a healthy mind and lifestyle.

Office of Student ConductLearn about student values or report an incident.

Penn State AWARE (sexual assault awareness module)Module for first-year students about sexual violence and safety.

Penn State SAFE (online alcohol education module)Module for first-year students about safe alcohol use.

Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention & ResponseSupport for sexual or gender-based harrassment.

Student Care & Advocacy
University Health Services (UHS)On-campus healthcare.

University PoliceProtects and serves the Penn State community 

University Policy (AD-85)University policy prohibiting sex and/or gender-based harassment and misconduct

We Are... Penn State

College Multicultural ProgramsMulticultural Programs information for your specific academic college.

Student Disability ResourcesProvides support services and academic accommodations for students with disabilities

Educational EquityAdvocates for diversity and inclusion initiatives

LGBTQA Student Resource CenterWorks to create an open and inclusive environment for LGBTQA students

Multicultural Resource CenterProvides counseling and educational services for multicultural students

Report BiasPlace to report acts of hate or intolerance that occur on campus

Veterans ProgramsProvides services for veterans through outreach, mentorship, and counseling

Building Your Lion Legacy

Campus EventsFind out what events are going on on campus by searching through category-specific calendars

Campus RecreationLearn about on-campus gyms, intramural sports, club sports, and ways to stay fit at Penn State

Center for Spiritual and Ethical DevelopmentOffers a welcoming environment to explore many faith traditions in an open-minded setting

Clubs & OrganizationsGet involved with the 900+ clubs and organizations at University Park. There is one here for you!

Engaged ScholarshipInititiative promoting out-of-classroom experiences that complement in-classroom learning

Office of Fraternity & Sorority LifeSupports the fraternity and sorority community by providing resources to help the organizations fulfill their missions

Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC)Provides programs and services and is committed to serving under-represented communities.

Student ActivitiesOffers student activities, like Late Night at the HUB, movie showings and crafts


The Business of Being a Student

BursarFind information about tuition, paying the bill, room and board, and the other financial aspects of Penn State

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)Place to fill out your FAFSA to potentially receive federal student aid

MoneyCountsOffers free financial literacy workshops relevant to students' interests

Penn State TuitionShows tuition rates and mandatory fees as set by the Board of Trustees

Project CahirScholarship initiative committed to reducing poverty in local communities

Questions About Residency StatusWant to know if you're classified as a Pennsylvania resident for tuition purposes? Find out here.

Registrar Responsible for maintaining official academic records

Student AidProvides information about the FAFSA, loans, and a billing timeline

Student Financial Education CenterAimed at improving students' financial literacy with peer-to-peer educational resources

Volunteer Income Tax AssistanceProvides free tax preparation services to low income, special needs, and senior citizen taxpayers

Getting Connected: Technology @ Penn State

Canvas (Video Tutorial)Current course management system for students and professors

ITS DownloadsLists all the software products that may be needed at Penn State, free to download with an access account

IT Service DeskPlace to go when you're having technology issues

lynda.comOnline training library that offers free video tutorials on a variety of topics

ResCom: Residential ComputingHow to get connected to the wifi, set up a router, and troubleshoot technology problems

Software.psu.eduPlace to purchase student software sometimes required for class

Tech TutorsNeed assistance with technology startups, quick fixes,

Technology @ Penn State StorifyHow to get connected with Penn State technology services through tips and advice

University LibrariesGreat study spot and place to check out books, do research, and print out assignments

WirelessHow to get set up with the wifi

Important Academic Resources

Academic AdvisersPlace to make an appointment with your academic college advisor

Academic Advising Portalsame website as above

ALEKS Learning ModulesReview math concepts to help retake the ALEKS assessment to improve your score

Concurrent Majors/Double MajorsFind out how you can earn more than one degree from Penn State during your undergraduate years.

Education AbroadLearn about study abroad opportunities at Penn State. Chile, UK, Brazil, Cuba, you name it!

Entrance-to-MajorFind out what courses are need to get in your desired major/college.

Learn how 'General Education' courses are necessary to foster integrative thinking, teamwork, and critical thinking within your undergraduate education.

Penn State LearningStudent tutoring services available in math, writing, and foreign languages, for no extra charge.

Recommended GPA for Medical School/Health ProfessionsLearn what resources Penn State Science offers for you to excel in your Pre-Med major

Recommended GPA for Law SchoolUtilize the Pre-Law Advising office that can help you discover the many paths toward law school, tackling the admission process, and succeeding while you are there.

Undergraduate Advising HandbookInformation about academic policies and procedures

University BulletinIncludes all of Penn State's course descriptions, major information, and campus-specific programs

University Fellowships OfficeThe University Fellowships Office advocates for the academic, intellectual, and personal interests of students by promoting relevant fellowships.

Academic Integrity Resources

Academic Integrity, Plagiarism, and CopyrightLearn how important academic integrity is to Penn State and how to be a trustworthy and moral scholar.

Plagiarism Tutorial for StudentsLearn the consequences of plagiarism and how to prevent it with correct citations and methods when creating or writing

Academic Integrity in Advising @ PSUUnderstand the importance of being an honest and merited scholar at Penn State by obeying academic expectations of the University









Last updated: September 19, 2018