New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation

Welcome to the Penn State family!

We hope you're as excited about the upcoming year at Penn State Beaver as WE ARE! Everyone has been working on events for the fast-approaching Orientation.

New Student Orientation (NSO) consists of three sections. Here's an overview and links that will take you to more information about each section.

New Student Orientation

Beginning in March, you'll complete the Educational Planning Survey and take the online ALEKS Math Placement Assessment from the comfort of your home. Once your test is completed, you'll be able to make your reservation to attend NSO. On the date of your choice you will meet with an educational consultant and an academic adviser to plan your fall schedule. A concurrent track for parents/guardians will address issues most relevant to them, such as how to pay University bills and what to expect once their student is enrolled.

Welcome Week

On the Friday before classes start in the fall you will come together with other new students to kick off your life at Penn State. The orientation program, which is required, prepares you for the academic challenges that lie ahead and will offer resources that will enhance your success as a new Penn State student. Your "Pride Group," which is comprised of student peer leaders, faculty, staff, and other new students, will be instrumental in acclimating you to the campus and helping you meet other students. The day is designed to ensure an enthusiastic and positive start to your educational journey at Penn State.

First-Year Experience - PSU 8

The First-Year Experience courses are designed exclusively for first-year students to support their successful transition - academically, socially, and personally - from high school to college. Throughout the semester, students will participate in a combination of group activities, workshops, and individually applied instruction. Faculty, staff, and peers help students gain knowledge and practical skills to enhance academic performance and facilitate integration into campus life.