Parents and Families Housing and Meals

Parents and Families

  • Parents & family members are welcome to stay overnight in State College during NSO, but an overnight stay is not required of you. You may elect to stay in a local hotel, or to return home for the night if you live close to State College. 
    • NSO concludes at 5:30 p.m. on Day 1 for parents & family members. Programming will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Day 2.
  • Meals are not provided for parents & family members during NSO. 
  • For lodging in the State College area, please visit the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Student Housing and Meal Information

Students Living On-Campus

If your student is living on-campus for the spring semester, they should move into their housing before you check in for NSO. Residence Halls open at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 11 and they will check-in for housing at the Commons Desk location for their particular housing assignment.

It is suggested that students living on-campus and attending NSO in January arrive on the same day as their Day 1 of orientation and move-in before check-in begins at 12:30 p.m. Students who choose to arrive the day(s) prior to their Day 1 of orientation will need to find accomodations elsewhere. 

Commuter Students

If your student is commuting for the fall semester, please arrive directly for NSO. They are not eligilbe for housing during NSO and will return home at the conclusion of NSO Day 1. Commuter students are required to participate in NSO through 9:30 p.m. on Day 1 and return to campus on the morning of Day 2.


All students attending NSO will recieve a meal coupon for dinner on Day 1 and brunch on Day 2 of NSO during check-in. Students are responsible for all other meals.