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 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 Transfer Student Orientation, others that you will complete during your Transfer Student Orientation, and even more that will be completed after your Transfer Student Orientation. 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 (followed by and password (e.g., to access this tasklist. You will submit a Transfer Student Orientation reservation as part of your NSO Tasklist.

Click Here to Access Your NSO Tasklist

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

  • Penn State World Campus for summer or fall 2024 will be available in January 2024. 
  • All other campuses for summer or fall 2024 will be available in April 2024