Plan for New Student Orientation.

1. Complete Assessment Test

After you accept your offer of admission, you will receive information about the ALEKS Math Assessment. For summer/fall offers, this information starts going out March 1, and will be sent on a continual basis to students that accept their offer of admission. International students will receive this information over the summer. The sooner you finish this task, the sooner you can schedule the remaining component of New Student Orientation (NSO) - the campus visit!

2. Schedule your campus visit.

Once you have completed your ALEKS Math Assessment and EPS, you will receive an email inviting you you to make your reservation for your campus visit. You will also receive “homework” for your orientation visit, so make some time to complete those items prior to arriving on campus. International students arrive for orientation one to two weeks prior to the start of the semester.

3. Attend your campus for orientation and advising.

While the details of the orientation visit will vary by campus, you will have the opportunity to meet with campus personnel, learn about student life, discuss academic choices and your educational plan, and ultimately, work with an academic adviser to schedule your classes.

Summer Programs

Penn State offers unique summer programs for first-year students. Whether you were accepted for summer session and take classes at University Park or wish to participate in a shorter orientation program for fall credit, Penn State provides you the following options:

Learning Edge Academic Program (LEAP)

This program, available to first-year students in the summer session, is a great introduction to Penn State. Note: Students with a fall offer of admission to University Park may participate in LEAP but need to accept their offer and then contact our office to change their acceptance from fall to summer.

AURORA Outdoor Orientation Programs

Choose from four different orientation programs – ORION, URSA, or VEGA – with options for backpacking and community service. These programs provide first-year students with amazing experiences that are excellent preparation for the upcoming school year.

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