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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 to help you become acquainted with students, faculty, staff and, campus resources to assist in your transition to the PSU 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 will be mailed from our campus in early April which detail the PSU Hazleton New Student Orientation program. In the interim, you can begin your NSO preparation by completing the following steps:

  • Contact Sue Cervasio, Advising Center Administrative Assistant, to schedule your Orientation date
  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. To complete the MyPlan.com - Career Interest Inventory. We will use this information during NSO to guide your Educational Planning Interview.

    MyPlan.com is an interactive program students use to explore information on majors and careers. As a future Penn State Hazleton student you can gain free access to all assessments and resource information available on this website. An NSO Advisor will review the results with you to ensure that you are selecting an appropriate major in line with your academic & career goals. This assessment program and consultation session is intended to help you choose a major, highlight possible career paths, and create an academic plan at Penn State. All students, whether they have decided on a major already or not, are required to complete the following MyPlan assessment inventory prior to your NSO session:

    For step-by-step instructions on utilizing MyPlan.com, please go to our Career Services webpage and click on the link for MyPlan Guide. Please refer to your New Student Orientation letter for Hazleton's unique license code. If you have any question on creating your account, navigating the website, or completing your assessment, please contact our Career Center at 570-450-3194.

  4. If you have not received your NSO Invitation Letter, please click here for a copy. 

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, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 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 23, 2014 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 23 - 24

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