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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:

  • Complete the Educational Planning Survey (EPS) here.
  • Complete Online Placement Tests here.

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

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.

NSO Schedule

The following NSO events begin at 9:45 a.m. and end at roughly 4:00 p.m.:

  • Saturday, June 23
  • Friday, July 13
  • Monday, July 16 (transfer students only)
  • Friday, July 27
  • Thursday, August 16

​If you have any additional questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 570-385-6115. Once again, congratulations on your acceptance to Penn State Schuylkill! We look forward to having you this fall.