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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.

To help your student prepare for a successful transition to Penn State, we've developed an NSO Tasklist to help them navigate their next steps. On that list, there are things that they must complete before NSO, during NSO, and after NSO. Students are able to access the NSO Tasklist one day after accepting their offer of admission to Penn State. Your student will receive an email when the tasklist opens for them. Please encourage your student to complete their NSO Tasklist in a timely manner.

Your student will submit a reservation as part of their NSO Tasklist. If you plan to attend NSO, your student can add you as a guest to their reservation and you will start to receive emails about orientation directly. Because of COVID-19 and the health and safety of the Penn State community, our orientation programs will be virtual in summer 2021. 

Welcome to Penn State!