Parents and Families NSO

We are glad that your student in 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
  • Attend NSO

Students cannot make a reservation until they complete the ALEKS Math Assessment. We begin accepting orientation reservations in early April. All communication from our office will come via email to your student. We use the email address that they used on their application to Penn State.

Most of our orientation programs allow students to bring a guest with them, but not all. If guests are permitted, your student will be able to make a reservation for you when they make their own reservation. If your student submits your email address while making their reservation, you'll also receive an email confirmation.

Please be sure to review and complete the Parents and Families Pre-NSO Homework before attending NSO.