New Student Orientation (NSO) is a program designed to assist new students in planning their Penn State education. All students must participate in orientation in order to register for classes. At NSO you will meet with faculty, staff, and other students, develop a plan to meet your Penn State goals, learn about campus resources, and schedule courses for your first semester. After accepting your offer of admission, you will need to create your computer access account on MyPennState.
First-Year New Student Orientation (NSO)
Orientation is a four-step process:
- Take your ALEKS Math Assessment
- Register for your NSO Day at Penn State Wilkes-Barre
- Do the pre-NSO homework
- Attend NSO Day
Transfer Student Orientation (TSO)
In addition, transfer students may need to take an ALEKS Math Assessment (dependent upon previous math courses and intended major).
At NSO or TSO you will learn about:
- the academic requirements needed for your chosen major;
- the wide range of degree programs available at Penn State;
- your financial aid package;
- housing options; and
- athletics, clubs, and other extracurricular activities.
You will meet with an academic adviser to discuss your educational plans and to schedule courses for your first semester of study. In addition, you will get your university photo ID. You must present a driver’s license or passport at check-in to get a Penn State ID Card.
Your family is welcome to attend with you.