The information on this page is intended for students starting at one of our 20 undergraduate campuses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If you're a student starting at our World Campus, please visit this page to learn more about your New Student Orientation.
Your virtual Penn State Orientation experience will combine opportunities for real-time engagement with Penn State staff, Orientation Leaders, and Academic Advisers with a series of self-paced online modules. From start to finish, this part of the orientation experience will take three to five days to complete. Throughout the summer you will have additional opportunities to learn more about Penn State on a schedule that works best for you and your family.
Students will participate in a three-hour University Welcome that will kick off your orientation experience. Your participation is required in order to gain access to additional self-paced modules and to schedule an appointment with an Academic Adviser. You will be able to select from date and time options within our reservation system.
What’s your time commitment? We estimate it will take you about ten hours to complete orientation:
- University Welcome livestream: 3 hours
- self-paced online modules the next day: 3-4 hours
- Academic Advising & Course Scheduling: 2 hours
You’ll be able to make a reservation for family members to participate in Virtual Orientation through the reservation system. Separate, but concurrent, programming options will be available for family members that wish to support you through the orientation process. Please add them as your guest(s) to ensure they receive important information about orientation.
To learn more about the technology and connectivity recommendations for Virtual Orientation and Online Learning, check out the Connect to Tech Student Technology Guide.
You can learn more about Virtual Orientation in our Frequently Asked Questions.