How will I be notified about orientation details?
You will receive initial information from Penn State, sent to the email address provided on your admissions application. It’s very important that you follow the steps indicated in the emails to activate your Penn State computer access account and register for New Student Orientation (NSO) or Transfer Student Orientation (TSO).
Do I have to attend an orientation?
Yes, all first year degree-seeking students are required to attend New Student Orientation (NSO). All degree-seeking transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend Transfer Student Orientation (TSO) to acclimate to Penn State academics.
What happens at orientation?
Orientation is a chance to meet with faculty and staff, begin to develop academic goals, become familiar with campus resources, and schedule courses for your first semester. This is your opportunity to begin implementing your academic plan!
Orientation includes meeting with an academic adviser and planning your course schedule, as well as learning about student aid, processes for paying the bill, campus resources for student support, and campus technology. There is a special workshop, “Supporting Your Student,” for families during NSO (but not TSO).
What should I bring?
Students will need a valid driver’s license, passport or state-issued ID card. All students should review their “to do” list in LionPATH before attending orientation to be sure all items have been completed. Students should bring the completed homework sheets with them to share with their adviser at NSO. The Pre-registration Activity Guide should be completed in LionPATH prior to attending NSO or TSO.
How and when do I schedule my classes?
A main feature of orientation is the opportunity for you to meet individually with an academic adviser about your first semester at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. You must complete the Pre-Registration Activity Guide before you will be able to register for classes.
Students—feel free to put interesting classes in your LionPATH shopping cart! Your academic adviser will review your choices with you, and then you can make any necessary changes and officially register. Penn State is a complex university, so students are not permitted to enroll in courses until meeting with an academic adviser.
Is it mandatory that parents attend orientation?
No, but it is highly recommended. Students and parents will attend most sessions together. There is a “Supporting Your Student” session for parents that runs concurrently with the advising session for students during NSO (but not TSO).
Where do I get my ID and parking pass?
During orientation, your ID picture will be taken and you’ll receive your Penn State ID card. Bring a valid driver’s license, passport or state-issued ID card to complete this process.
Student parking is free of charge. Students must complete a motor vehicle registration form in order to receive a valid parking permit. Permits must be renewed each year, and can be picked up during the first two weeks of each semester, or any other time in the office of Police and Public Safety, 111A Hayfield House. A valid Penn State ID is required when picking up your permit.
Will someone from Financial Aid be at Student Orientation to answer questions/concerns?
Yes, Student Financial Aid will have a session during orientation. Financial Aid staff will also be available afterward to answer individual questions/concerns.
How will I know what books I need? Is the bookstore open during orientation?
in addition to its regular business hours during the semester, the campus Barnes & Noble bookstore will be open during orientation; you can find it in the Student Commons. Textbooks can also be purchased on the bookstore’s website.
Can I bring a friend?
No. Parents or guardians are welcome to attend NSO or TSO; however, other individuals are not permitted to attend any part of orientation.
Can I come in late or leave early if I have to work, have a doctor’s appointment, etc.?
No. If you arrive late or leave early, your orientation experience will be incomplete. When planning your orientation day, please choose a date for which you are available the entire day, as orientation lasts all day. It’s important to arrive on time for check-in, and stay engaged and in attendance for all of orientation.
I cannot make my originally scheduled Student Orientation. May I reschedule?
Yes. A minimum of 48 hours’ notice is preferred because university staff prepares to advise each student individually at orientation. To change sessions, please log in to the reservation system.