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.

To prepare for a successful transition to Penn State, we've developed an NSO Tasklist to help you navigate your next steps. There are some things that you must complete before your NSO, others that you will complete during your NSO, and even more that will be completed after your NSO. You will receive an email when the tasklist opens for you. Once that email is received, please complete your NSO Tasklist in a timely manner. You will use your Penn State Account User ID and password (e.g., abc5123) to access this tasklist. You will use your NSO Tasklist to make a reservation to participate in an NSO program.

Depending on the Penn State campus you've been admitted to for Spring 2024, you will either participate in virtual or in-person NSO. You can learn more about what your campus is planning by visiting our Participate in New Student Orientation webpage and choosing your campus of admission.

Click Here to Access Your NSO Tasklist

Information about NSO and access to the NSO Tasklist for students admitted to:

  • Penn State for summer or fall 2024 will be available in early 2024.