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New Student Orientation (NSO)

New Student Orientation (NSO)

Welcome to Penn State!

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. 

Before beginning the NSO process, you must first activate your Penn State Access Account. (This is different from the Friends of Penn State (FPS) account you created to apply to Penn State.) Account activation instructions will come in the form of an email, like this sample e-mail from (pdf).

New Student Orientation Programs

Once you activate your Access Account, visit the links below for your specific orientation program.