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. Access to this NSO Tasklist for students who have received and accepted an offer of admission for Summer 2023 or Fall 2023 opens in March 2023. Your student will receive an email when the tasklist opens for them. Once that email is received, please encourage your student to complete their NSO Tasklist in a timely manner.

We will begin accepting reservations for NSO in April 2023. 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 still start to receive emails about orientation directly.

Welcome to Penn State!