New Student Orientation (NSO)

1. Complete Your Educational Planning Survey and Placement Tests

NSO logoWe’ll use these tests to place you into the appropriate courses. Click here and use your 9-digit PSU ID number (different from your SSN) to log in.

Questions? Contact us at or 814-865-2578.

2. Register for NSO

IMPORTANT FOR FALL 2014 STUDENTS: After completing Step 1, you will be put into the NSO registration system. After you have been put into the registration system, you will receive a postcard giving you instructions on how to register for your NSO. Until you receive your postcard, you will NOT have access to the NSO registration system.

Summer students: No need to register online—your orientation date is Thursday, May 22, 2014.

Fall students: Click here to select and register for your preferred orientation date. You can use your first and last names and date of birth to log in.

Tip: NSOs fill up quickly. The sooner you sign up, the more dates you’ll have to choose from!

Questions? Contact us at or 215-881-7328.

International students: No need to register online—your orientation date is Monday, August 18, 2014.

ALL STUDENTS: Please be sure to mail your payment in to confirm your spot at NSO (see step 4 below).

3. Complete Your Pre-NSO Homework Before Attending NSO

It only takes half an hour! Click here to log in. Don’t forget to print out the confirmation page and bring it with you to NSO.

4. Pay Your NSO Fee

$30 covers a day of informational sessions and meals for you and two guests.


Pay online here.


Download the payment form to pay by check. Please make your check out to Penn State University. Please print and mail your completed form to:

Marcia Delia
Penn State Abington
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA  19001-3990

IMPORTANT: Fall students, remember to register for your NSO before mailing in your check.

5. Attend NSO

Be sure to bring a photo ID (driver’s license or passport) so you can get your Penn State id+ Card.

6. Attend Convocation (New Student Day) - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Required for all new students. We’ll mail you a reminder the first week of August.



Questions? We’re here to help! Call us at 215-881-7328.