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Your Next Steps

Your Next Steps

Once you have accepted your offer of admission, you are officially a PENN STATE student!  The 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. Beginning on March 1 the University with be sending students that have paid their enrollment deposit an email. This email will be sent to the email address the student provided on their application for admission and will invite the student to complete the online Educational Planning Survey and ALEKS Math Assessment. Following this initial batch of emails, emails will be sent to new students within 24 hours of accepting their offer of admissions. This process will continue throughout the summer. Students are to complete both the Educational Planning Survey and ALEKS Math Assessment  within two weeks of receiving their email..

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. 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 Advising and Career Services at 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 Student Affairs at or 610-892-1270.

New Student Orientation

Sessions are scheduled in May, June, and August, and students will be able to select a date after April 1 and/or when they have completed both the placement test and Educational Planning Survey. 

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 Advising and Career Services at 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 Student Affairs at 610-892-1270.