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.  

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. Once you have completed the placement test you will be able to log in to make your reservation:

If you or your guest anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided during this event, please contact Latoya Kosh at 610-892-1461 or in advance of your visit. 

On Your NSO Day

The program will begin in the Student Union Building. 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 3:30 p.m. Students are permitted to bring one guest/parent, who will attend separate sessions 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 your reservation, the agenda or completing any pre-orientation tasks please contact Advising and Career Services at 610-892-1390.