Transfer Student Orientation

We are excited that you have chosen to continue your education at Penn State!

If you’re reading this web page, you’re most likely a newly admitted transfer student to Penn State – congratulations! At Penn State, we define a transfer student as someone who has attempted or completed 18 or more credits at another college or university after high school graduation. If you’re a first-year student, please read more about your orientation here. If you’re a current Penn State student changing your campus, please click here to learn more.

Your previous experience at another college or university will bring valuable insight and contributions to your classrooms, your student organizations, and to your interactions with other Penn State students. We recognize that you have likely already participated in an orientation program(s) at your previous institution, which is why our transfer student orientation has been specifically designed with that in mind. 

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.

If you are admitted to Penn State for the Summer 2023 or Fall 2023 semesters and have accepted your offer of admission, you will gain access to the NSO Tasklist in March 2023. You will receive an email to the email address provided on your admissions application when you have access. There will also be an access link located on this webpage.

You will use this NSO Tasklist to make a reservation for your preferred NSO Program. We will begin to accept reservations for NSO in April 2023.

In the meantime, you may want to review this important information about how to send proof of your previous educational credit to Penn State.