New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a program designed to assist new first-year students in planning their Penn State education. All first-year students must participate in NSO in order to register for classes. You are prompted to attend NSO once you have completed steps 1-3 below.  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 are instructed on creating your access account on MyPennState.  Nondegree, dual enrollment and transfer students will receive an email from

Once you activate your Access Account, NSO is a three step process:

  1. Take your ALEKS Math Assessment
  2. Register for your NSO Advising Day at Penn State Wilkes-Barre
  3. Attend New Student Orientation

Attend Your Advising Day

On your Advising Day 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.

On your designated Advising Day, 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 your NSO Advising Day with you.