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NSO Overview

Welcome to Penn State!

New Student Orientation acronym with Penn State pawAll new first-year students to Penn State must participate in New Student Orientation (NSO).

At NSO, you will meet with faculty and staff, begin to develop goals for your time at Penn State, learn about campus resources, and schedule courses for your first semester. 

Before beginning the NSO process, you must first activate your Access Account (email from identity[at]psu.edu).  This is different from the Friends of Penn State (FPS) account you created to apply to Penn State.

Once you activate your Access Account, visit the links below for your specific orientation program. 


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New Student Orientation Programs