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Participate in Virtual New Student Orientation

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 New Student 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. 

The virtual orientation experience has combined some live/synchronous activities with self-paced asynchronous activities. We will begin to accept reservations for orientation in April 2021. When you make a reservation for orientation, you should select a start date that allows you to complete all synchronous and asynchronous orientation activities, except for the advising meeting, within 2 days. Students will be eligible to meet with an academic adviser once these items are complete. Dates/times of the University Welcome live streams will be available to accommodate new students and their families participating from a variety of time zones around the world. 

Our live/synchronous activities include:

  • A University Welcome,
  • Zoom Orientation Leader Small group session,
  • Meeting with your campus or UP college
  • A one-on-one academic advising appointment

Our self-paced activities include:

  • Orientation Canvas course
  • Course Planning Guide

Your participation in the University Welcome, Orientation Leader Small Group, and campus/UP college meeting 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, Orientation Leader Small Group, and campus/college meeting: 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