New Student Orientation & Transfer Student Orientation
You Did It! You're a Penn Stater!
Congratulations and welcome to Penn State Hazleton. This is an exciting milestone and something to be proud of. Now that you've been accepted, we know you may have a lot of questions. We're here to guide you through the next steps.
We're looking forward to working with you during New Student Orientation (NSO) or Transfer Student Orientation (TSO) to help you become acquainted with the Penn State Hazleton community.
New Student Orientation or Transfer Student Orientation will help get you familiar with campus life and lay the foundation for your education.
New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation (NSO) is the first stage of a three-step process that assists first-year students with their transition to college by introducing them to academic culture and campus resources. NSO 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 also provide you with the chance to participate in programs designed to introduce you to the in- and out-of-the-classroom opportunities available at Penn State, meet with an academic adviser to review educational plans, and register in advance for classes.
In preparation for NSO, you may be required to complete the ALEKS Math Assessment to evaluate readiness to enroll in some college-level math and science courses. Since these courses are demanding, it is important to begin in the course mostly likely to lead to success. A demonstrated level of readiness – either through the completion of the ALKES Math Assessment or by completing high school calculus – will appropriately place you into the applicable Math or Chemistry courses. The NSO Tasklist will provide a personalized message stating whether ALEKS is required.
Transfer Student Orientation
Transfer Student Orientation (TSO) is aimed at providing you with the same type of introductions 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.
Registration for an NSO or TSO date will begin on approximately April 1. Within the registration system, you will be able to choose an orientation date, add guests to bring to NSO or TSO, and complete required modules and paperwork before attending Penn State Hazleton in the spring.
To prepare for a successful transition to Penn State, we’ve developed an NSO/TSO Tasklist to help you navigate your next steps. There are some important things that you must complete before your orientation, others that you complete during your orientation, and even more that will be completed after your orientation.
Students should refer to the Tasklist before, during, and after they attend NSO or TSO. Use the Tasklist to track your progress through the steps. Some items will update automatically for you, but most you should check off when you have completed the step. The Tasklist is dynamic and items become available to you based on your progress through the list and your scheduled NSO program.
Please sign up for text message reminders about your orientation experience. For additional information please visit Penn State's orientation website. The Fall 2024 semester begins Monday, Aug. 26.
If you cannot attend or miss your scheduled NSO or TSO date, please reschedule your date online or contact the Academic Advising and Career Center at 570-450-3194 to select a new date.
For additional advising information, please visit the Advising and Career Center online or contact us at 570-450-3194.