New Student Orientation / First-Year Experience
New Student Orientation (NSO)
Congratulations on your admission to Penn State Hazleton!
We are looking forward to working with you this summer during New Student Orientation (NSO), Welcome Weekend and the First-year Experience, all of which help you become acquainted with the Penn State Hazleton community.
New Student Orientation (NSO) is the first stage of a three-step process that assists first-year students with the transition to college by introducing them to academic culture and campus resources. It helps students understand how their scholastic preparation and academic ability intersect with their educational and professional interests, academic structure and degree programs of the University.
NSO will provide you with the opportunity to learn about your ALEKS Math Assessment results, to meet with an academic adviser to review your educational plans, and to register in advance for fall semester classes. In addition, you will participate in programs designed to expose you to the college experience at Penn State.
Once you complete the online ALEKS Math Assessment, you will receive an email requesting you to schedule your new student orientation. Within the registration system, you will be able to select your orientation date, add guests to bring to NSO and complete required modules and papework before attending Penn State Hazleton in the fall.
If you cannot attend your scheduled NSO date, please contact the Academic Advising Center at 570-450-3194 to select a new date.
Transfer Student Orientation (TSO) at Penn State Hazleton is designed to provide you with the same type of introduction to the academic culture and campus resources provided to first-year students. Once you pay your acceptance fee, you will receive an email invitation to make a reservation for your TSO program at Penn State Hazleton.
For additional advising information, please visit the Advising Center website at http://hazleton.psu.edu/academic-advising or call 570-450-3194
Penn State Reads!
Penn State Reads is designed to provide a shared experience among new students, encourage intellectual engagement within and beyond the classroom, stimulate critical thinking, and foster a deeper connection to Penn State's mission and core values.
First-year students at Penn State Hazleton will receive a complimentary copy of the book “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War” by Lynsey Addario at New Student Orientation. First-year students are asked to read the book before returning to campus for classes in August.
Welcome Weekend - Fall 2017
Penn State Hazleton will host its annual Welcome Weekend beginning Saturday, August 19 for all first-year students. Welcome Weekend marks the opening of the fall semester and the new academic year and includes events that allow students to explore academic and co-curricular opportunities. Student involvement in these activities is critical in helping students get off to a good start while acclimating to college life. In addition to the activities offered during Welcome Weekend, students will also have the chance to meet many of Penn State Hazleton's faculty and staff.
Welcome Weekend Highlights!
Welcome Weekend & First-Year Student Move-In Day
Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20
First-Year Experience (FYE)
First-Year Experience, which typically occurs in the first semester, is a class students take to learn more about Penn State and themselves. It is designed to help students transition to the collegiate environment. Most freshmen students are scheduled into First-Year Experience classes in their first semester.
Information on First-Year Experience is available from:
Tammy Spevak, FYE Coordinator
Please check back for updated information.