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Parents and Families Orientation

We are glad that your student is joining us at Penn State. New Student Orientation (NSO) provides activities for both new students and their families. Family support is an important factor in student success. We’ve designed a companion orientation program for parents and family members of new Penn Staters.

All first-year students must complete these steps:

  • Complete the ALEKS
  • Make a Reservation
  • Do their Pre-NSO Homework
  • Participate in NSO

All students starting at Penn State in spring 2021 will participate in Virtual Orientation. Virtual Orientation will satisfy the New Student Orientation requirement. If your student was admitted for spring 2021, you can learn more about orientation in the menu to the left.

Information about orientation for students who have been admitted for summer or fall 2021 will be made available in March 2021.