Welcome to Penn State!
New Student Orientation 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!
The New Student Orientation (NSO) program is required for all first-year students to attend. The program is your introduction to Penn State University and the Lehigh Valley campus.
Lehigh Valley's NSO program is a 3-part program. First you will attend the New Student Orientation program. NSO is a half-day in-person program with specific dates throughout the summer. Reservations will be available in early April.
During NSO you will sign-up for the second part of the NSO program, a virtual advising appointment. During this appointment your summer orientation adviser will go over your academic goals in more detail, cover your course placements and help you create your fall schedule.
Lastly you will attend New Student Welcome on August 16. This student-only program helps students gain peer connections and go over helpful information for new students right before they start the fall semester.
International students will attend a virtual NSO. The virtual International NSO includes a university welcome, immigration information, and other important information from Global Engagement Coordinators, Orientation Leaders, and support staff from the Lehigh Valley campus.
Once you attend the virtual NSO, you will schedule a virtual advising meeting. During this appointment your summer orientation adviser will go over your academic goals in more detail, cover your course placements and help you create your fall schedule. International students will also attend New Student Welcome on August 16.
Transfer Students are encouraged, but not required, to attend NSO. Transfer NSO will be a virtual program that includes a university welcome, transfer information and specific campus information.
Transfer students will receive an email once they are accepted to the university to schedule a meeting with an adviser to review their transfer courses and schedule their fall courses. Transfer students are encouraged to attend New Student Welcome on August 16.
Many students will be required to complete the ALEKS Math Assessment. Details on how and when to complete these items will be available on your Pre-Orientation Task List. Students should complete these items at least 24 hours before their scheduled NSO date. Failing to do so may result in students not being able to enroll in classes.
Please note that your test scores do not in any way affect your offer of admission. The results will be used during your advising appointment to assist your summer adviser in selecting appropriate courses. While Penn State does not encourage you to study for the placement tests, you should do your best since your scores will help to determine appropriate starting points for your first-year coursework.
Questions about the placement tests can be directed to the Academic Advising and Career Strategy Office at l[email protected] or 610-285-5075 or visiting ALEKS Math Assessment. For technical difficulties, call ALEKS Support at 714-619-7090 or visit ALEKS Support.
If you cannot attend or miss your scheduled NSO date, please reschedule your date online or contact the Academic Advising and Career Strategy Office at 610-285-5075 to select a new date.
Please visit orientation.psu.edu/nso for the latest information or contact the Academic Advising and Career Strategy Office at 610-285-5075 or [email protected].
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.
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