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New Student Orientation (NSO)

Congratulations on your admission to Penn State Hazleton! We are looking forward to working with you in January during the New Student Orientation (NSO) and the First-year Experience program to help you become acquainted with students, faculty, staff and, campus resources to assist in your transition to the PSU Hazleton community!

Incoming freshman will be contacted individually to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor in the Advising Center to discuss your academic plan, ALEKS Math Assessment results and courses for the Spring semester. All incoming freshman will be required to enroll in a First-Year Experience course which will introduce you to the academic culture & structure of the university as well as campus resources to help you get through your semester as a new PSU student. Transfer students will be contacted by their Program Coordinator to schedule an individual meeting to discuss program requirements and courses for the Spring.


Your first step will be to complete the ALEKS Math Assessment which can be found at the following website:


Follow the steps associated with the assessment tool to determine your readiness for Math and Chemistry at Penn State. Please refer to this website for questions concerning the process. You may also contact the Advising Center at 570-450-3194 for more information regarding your transition to the Penn State Hazleton campus.

 We look forward to seeing you in January!!

First-Year Experience (FYE)

First-Year Experience, which typically occurs in the first semester, is a class which students take to learn more about Penn State, as well as themselves. It is designed to help students transition to the collegiate environment by becoming familiar with the campus, its resources and the University.

Information on First-Year Experience is available from:

Jane Waitkus, Director of the Learning Center

Phone: 570-450-3017

Email: jmw35@psu.edu