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 May, June, 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:

On Your NSO Day

The program will begin in the Tomezsko Classroom Building Lounge. Please arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. to check in and receive your Penn State student ID and other important materials. This program will conclude at 1:00 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.