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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 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 their 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.

The NSO program will provide you with the opportunity to learn about your ALEKS placement test results, meet with an academic advisor to review your educational plans, and to register in advance for fall semester classes.  In addition, you will receive your Penn State computer access account and will participate in programs designed to expose you to the college experience at Penn State. 

Welcome letters were mailed which detail the PSU Hazleton New Student Orientation program.

If you have misplaced your NSO letter regarding the ALEKS Placement Test, selecting a New Student Orientation (NSO) date and the pre-work which must be done prior to coming to NSO, please click here.

Please begin your NSO preparation by completing the following steps:

  • Activate your Access Account  - Instructions are sent in an email from Information Technology Services (ITS)
  • Select your orientation date  - Please contact Sue Cervasio in the Advising Center at 570-450-3194.
  1. To review the Understanding a Penn State Degree and Course Registration Overview modules
  2. To complete the Exploring Your Academic Choices homework assignment
  3. Please visit the Advising Center website or contact us at 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 the Hazleton campus will receive a complimentary copy of the book, The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World by Russell Gold at New Student Orientation.  First-year students are asked to read the book before returning to campus for classes in August.


Welcome Weekend

Penn State Hazleton will host its annual Welcome Weekend events beginning Saturday, August 22, 2015 for all first-year students. Welcome Weekend convenes the opening or our campus and includes events that allow for 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 the Hazleton campus. 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


Saturday & Sunday, August 22 - 23

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. Most students are scheduled into First Year Experience classes in their first semester.

Information on First-Year Experience is available from:

Jane Waitkus, Director of the Learning Center
Phone: 570-450-3017
E-mail: jmw35@psu.edu