New Student Orientation (NSO)

New Student Orientation (NSO)

Preparing for New Student Orientation (NSO)

All new first-year students to Penn State must participate in New Student Orientation (NSO). At NSO, you will meet with faculty and staff, begin to develop goals for your time at Penn State, learn about campus resources, and schedule courses for your first semester.


NSO is a three step process:

Preparing for NSO
Step 1: Complete ALEKS Math Assessment (available March 1, 2017)

After you complete your Educational Planning Survey, your next step will be to take your ALEKS Math Assessment (available March 1 if you were admitted for the Summer or Fall 2017 semesters). The results from the ALEKS Math Assessment are used to determine your appropriate starting level in mathematics and chemistry. To determine your placement in English, we use the scores from your SAT-Writing exam.

Visit these webpages to learn more:

Step 2: Register for New Student Orientation (available April 2017)

If you were admitted to Penn State for summer/fall 2017, information about how to register for your NSO will be available in April 2017. 

Step 3: Complete your pre-NSO Homework (available in May 2017)
Additional Information

Still have questions about getting started at Penn State Lehigh Valley? Please feel free to reach out to the parties below and they will assist you.

For help with Admission, PA residency, or for a change in your offer/campus of admission, contact Michael Damweber at 610-285-5046 or via email (
For help with advising or New Student Orientation, contact Marta Dasilva at 610-285-5238 or via email (
For questions about financial aid or VA benefits, please reach out to Maryann Hubick at 610-285-5033 or via email (
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