New Student Orientation (NSO)

New Student Orientation (NSO)

Welcome to Penn State! 

Our office aims to provide you and your family with programs and services that support your successful academic, social, and personal transition to, and through, the University. Let's get started!

group of students in front of the lion shrine

2018 NSO Leaders

NSO Leaders posed by the lion shrine after a successful New Student Orientation.

New Student Orientation

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 four step process:

You will use your Penn State Access Account (e.g., abc5123) to access each of the steps listed above. Information about New Student Orientation for students beginning at Penn State in summer and fall 2018 will be available in March.

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 (

Undergraduate students interested in receiving credit for Advanced Placement (AP) Exams should arrange for their official grade reports to be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Penn State. Penn State's ETS code is 2660. Additional information can be found by visiting the Credit from AP exams website. You must earn a C or better for credits to be transferred. The credits are added to your Penn State Transcript, but the grades are not transferred and will not affect your PSU cumulative GPA.

For Dual Enrollment credits, please send official transcripts from the college awarding credits to:

Penn State University
Undergraduate Admissions
201 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802