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New Student Orientation (NSO)

New Student Orientation (NSO)

Congratulations on your admission to Penn State Schuylkill!

New Student Orientation (NSO) assists first-year students with their transition to Penn State by introducing them to the academic culture and campus resources. This program is the first stage of academic advising, and provides students with an understanding of their scholastic preparation, academic ability, and educational and professional interests, and introduces them to the academic structure and degree programs of the University.

The NSO program will provide you with the opportunity to learn about your placement test results, meet with an academic adviser to review your educational plans, and to register in advance for fall semester classes. In addition, you will receive your Penn State computer access account and will participate in programs designed to expose you to the college experience at Penn State.

To prepare for NSO, please complete the following steps:

Students who have completed their ALEKS Math Placement Testing can register for NSO at

  • The New Student Orientation Schedule can be viewed in PDF format by clicking here.
  • The New Student Orientation Schedule for the Radiological Sciences program can be viewed in PDF format by clicking here.

The following lists all of the NSO registration dates:

  • Saturday, June 24 (RadSci students only) - 201 Health & Wellness Building
  • Saturday, June 24 (PaSSS students only) - 201 Health & Wellness Building
  • Friday, July 14 - Student Community Center
  • Saturday, July 15 - Student Community Center
  • Friday, July 28 - The Navy Yard in Philadelphia
  • Friday, August 11 - 201 Health & Wellness Building
  • Thursday, August 17 (International students only) - Student Community Center

For additional information about placement testing,
please contact the Academic Resource Center at 570-385-6140.

For questions about Welcome Weekend activities,
contact the Office of Student Affairs at 570-385-6115.