New Student Orientation

All new first-year students to Penn State must participate in New Student Orientation (NSO). At NSO, you will visit your campus to meet with 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:

  • Take your ALEKS Math Assessment
  • Make Your Reservation to Attend NSO
  • Do your Pre-NSO Homework
  • Attend New Student Orientation

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 after you've completed your ALEKS Math Assessment.


If you are a first-year student admitted for Summer or Fall 2020, more information regarding your NSO program will be available to you in March 2020.