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New Student Orientation

All new first-year students to Penn State must participate in New Student Orientation (NSO). During NSO, you will meet with students, faculty, and staff, begin to develop academic and co-curricular goals, become familiar with campus resources, and schedule courses for your first semester to begin putting your academic plan into action. NSO is a four step process:

You will use your Penn State Access Account (e.g., abc5123) to access each of the steps listed above.

First-year students are invited via email to complete the ALEKS Math Assessment after they accept their offer of admission (pay their deposit). You will be able to make your reservation to attend an NSO program in April 2020 after you've completed your ALEKS Math Assessment.

Students admitted to Penn State for summer or fall 2020 will participate in Virtual Orientation. Virtual Orientation will satisfy your NSO requirement. More information is available at