Your student has a list of items to complete before orientation. Please encourage them to return to their NSO Tasklist to complete it before they attend NSO. We’ve also compiled materials that will help you support your student in their transition to Penn State. To prepare for New Student Orientation, family members can:
Become familiar with Penn State's academic requirements
Academic advisers help students know which classes to take for their degree, but it helps to have an idea of what is required. Please view our General Education at Penn State overview.
Please encourage your student to download and complete our Transfer Credit Worksheet. This worksheet asks students to list their Advanced Placement (AP) exams, Advanced Level (A-Level) exams, International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, or courses for college credit at another institution. In consultation with their academic adviser at NSO, students will decide how to best use these credits at Penn State. Students can find this worksheet on their NSO Tasklist.
Review financial planning for Penn State
There are many campus resources available to assist your student in planning how they will pay for their Penn State education.
- Tuition rates are set each July by the Board of Trustees. You can view historical tuition schedules here.
- Semester bills are generated by the Office of the Bursar. Their website has details about billing, payment due dates, and payment options.
- View information from the Office of the Bursar, including a video overview of how to access and pay the tuition bill here.
- Penn State's Office of Student Aid provides details for parents and families about your student's eligibility and how to apply for financial assistance.
- Our Net Price Calculator can help you develop a plan for future educational expenses.
- The Sokolov-Miller Family Financial and Life Skills Center offers information to help your student make smart decisions about managing their money.
Tuition Advisory: Please be advised that a student’s tuition will increase when the Penn State transcript reflects 59.1 total credits. Credits earned from sources such as Military Credit and tests, like AP or IB exams, are considered transfer credits and are included in the total credit. If the credits you are transferring or have transferred to Penn State place you above 59.1 total credits after the start of the semester, your tuition will increase immediately. You will receive a bill for the additional tuition on the first day of the following month. For more information, visit the Office of the Bursar's website.
Learn about Delegated Access and Authorized Payer in LionPATH
LionPATH is Penn State's Student Information System. This is where your student will access their educational records and pay their tuition bill. They are able to grant access to others using the Delegated Access and Authorized Payer system. Your student is responsible for setting up Delegated Access and Authorized Payer. They will need your personal email address to provide access. When you have been granted access by your student, you will receive an email invitation with instructions on how to access LionPATH.
You can learn more by visiting our LionPATH Help Page for parents and families.
Remind your student to enroll in Two-Factor Authentication
All students are required to enroll in Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) to access any Penn State system (LionPATH, Canvas, our reservation system). Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of protection that makes it more difficult for someone else to log in to your student's Penn State account and gain unauthorized access to their personal information as well as sensitive and confidential Penn State resources and data.
It's imperative the second device is their device (not yours). Unauthorized verifications will result in your student being locked out of their account and not being able to schedule classes during orientation. You can learn more about 2FA here.
You can learn more about Delegated Access and Authorized Payer and how you can access Penn State's system in the list above.
Meet university immunization requirements
All incoming Penn State students must provide proof of immunization against measles, mumps and rubella. In accordance with Pennsylvania state law, students living in on-campus housing must also provide proof of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (Menveo, Menactra, MCV4), which protects against infections caused by serogroups A, C, W and Y.
Additionally, the University strongly urges all students to be immunized against COVID-19 (primary series and booster).
To submit, students should log in to myUHS using their Penn State Account, and upload image files of their official immunization records and, if applicable, any positive antibody titer blood test results.
Immunization requirements are applicable to all undergraduate and graduate students at University Park and Commonwealth Campuses excluding World Campus and Great Valley. Immunization records only need to be submitted once. For questions or more information, visit University Health Services website.
Immunization records must be submitted before your student's NSO program.
Submit health insurance information through LionPATH
Penn State asks that all students submit their current health insurance information. After registering for classes, your student should log in to LionPATH and visit the Health Insurance page to submit this information using their health insurance card.
For more information about Health Insurance at Penn State, please visit the University Health Services website.
Learn more about the Penn State Parent and Family Experience
Student success improves when parents and families are appropriately involved with their student throughout their time in college. One of the best ways to support your student is to become familiar with the campus resources that can help your student navigate the challenges and triumphs of college life. The Penn State Parent and Family Experience provides you with a portal designed to keep you up-to-date on campus news, resources, and much more.
Visit the Penn State Parents Program to learn more.