New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation

Welcome to Penn State! We're glad you have accepted your offer of admission and we look forward to meeting you during the New Student Orientation program. Check out the program details below and contact us if you have any questions. 

The New Student Orientation (NSO) program is required for all first-year students to attend. The program is your introduction to Penn State University and the Brandywine campus.  

Before You Arrive

Do Your Pre-NSO Homework
Penn State Brandywine offers New Student Orientation tutorials to help you get the most out of your advising and course scheduling experience during Orientation. Please take time prior to attending your NSO to review Understanding A Penn State Degree

Select Your NSO Date
New Student Orientation is held on specific dates in June, July and August. Prior to being able to select your date, you will receive instructions by email for completing the online placement test. You must complete your placement test and Educational Planning Survey (EPS) before you will be allowed to choose your NSO date. Once you have completed the placement test and EPS you will be able to log in to make your reservation:

Paying Your NSO Fee
NSO costs $20 per student. This fee covers a day of informational sessions, materials and lunch for the student and up to two guests.

Your Orientation Fee must be submitted by mail, before NSO. In order to properly credit your account, please include the NAME OF THE STUDENT AND PSU ID NUMBER. You can put this on the memo section of check or include a separate piece of paper.

Your check or money order should be made payable to Penn State University.
Mail check to:
Penn State Brandywine
C/O Kathy Thorley
25 Yearsley Mill Rd
Media, PA 19063

On Your NSO Day

The program will begin in the Tomezsko Classroom Building Lounge. Please arrive between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. to check in and receive your Penn State student ID and other important materials. This is a full- day program and will conclude at 4:00 p.m. Parents are encouraged to attend, and will attend separate sessions from students for most of the day.

Remember that you MUST bring a photo ID (driver’s license, Pennsylvania ID card, Passport, military ID) with you for identification purposes. Penn State ID cards cannot be issued without proper identification. For more information, see

Topics and Activities for the Day

  • Learn about Penn State policies and resources
  • Receive your Penn State ID card
  • Meet with an adviser about your academic and career goals
  • Schedule your classes for the fall semester

For additional information about the your reservation, the agenda or completing pre-NSO homework please contact Advising and Career Services at 610-892-1390.