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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

Students cannot make a reservation until they complete the ALEKS Math Assessment. We begin accepting orientation reservations in 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. 

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 and will later receive information about your orientation program. 

All students starting at Penn State in summer or fall 2020 will participate in Virtual Orientation. Virtual Orientation will satisfy the New Student Orientation requirement.

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