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Once you have accepted your offer of admission, you are officially a PENN STATE student!  Following are the next steps leading up to the start of classes for the fall semester and some tips for your first year.


Placement Tests

As a new Penn State student, you are required to complete online placement tests during the spring or summer as part of the New Student Orientation program. Approximately four weeks after you accept your offer of admission you will receive a postcard with instructions for completing the placement tests in math, English, and chemistry. (If you have never studied chemistry in high school you will not be required to take that portion of the test.) You should allow approximately three hours to complete the tests and be sure to have them completed by the deadline on your postcard

It is important to point out that your test scores do not in any way affect your offer of admission. The results will be used on your Orientation day to assist your summer adviser in selecting appropriate starting courses in math, English, and chemistry (if required for your major). 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 Sally Ent in Advising and Career Services at sxe6@psu.edu or 610-892-1390. For technical difficulties, call the Web Testing Hotline at 814-865-8270 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.).        

Summer Events

This is your opportunity to meet other incoming students, get to know returning students, and learn about clubs and organizations.  Get all the details on summer events here. Questions about summer events for new students can be directed to Dale Soring in Student Affairs at dgs13@psu.edu or 610-892-1270.

New Student Orientation

You will receive notification of your New Student Orientation Day by U.S. Mail. Sessions are scheduled in June, July, and August, and you will be assigned a date based on when you accepted your offer of admission. 

This day is mandatory for all incoming students and includes critical components that will get you ready for the fall semester including obtaining your Penn State ID card and scheduling your classes. Get all the details on Orientation here. Questions about Orientation can be directed to Sally Ent in Advising and Career Services at sxe6@psu.edu or 610-892-1390. 

Convocation/Fall Orientation

Convocation is a special annual event at Penn State Brandywine and is the official start of the academic year. Get all the details on Convocation/Fall Orientation here. Questions about Convocation can be directed to Diane Shorter in Student Life at dds4@psu.edu or 610-892-1270.

Classes start Monday, August 27