Division of Undergraduate Studies
Objective of the New Student Orientation Advising Program
Congratulations on completing the first component of the New Student Orientation (NSO), the online placement testing. The next component of NSO is academic advising. This advising portion of NSO assist new first-year students (degree candidates and provisional students) in evaluating their educational plans by providing them, before initial registration, with a comprehensive program of individualized and educational planning and academic advising.
This program is the first stage of your academic advising, and it is designed to help you implement your educational plans.
When you participate in the New Student Orientation Program:
You will be introduced to the academic structure of Penn State. This includes discussion of Penn State’s colleges, types of programs offered by each college, and graduation requirements for a Penn State degree. You will become acquainted with Penn State Shenango, its policies and procedures, and some of its faculty and staff.
You will be provided with an understanding of your academic preparation and abilities as compared to other Penn State students. Your NSO placement test results, high school performance, and SAT scores have been developed into an individualized Profile of Academic Abilities. You will received a copy of your Profile along with a detailed interpretation which includes a general discussion of the appropriate use of test results, an explanation of your test scores and specific course placement actions, and how your test scores relate to academic performance at Penn State.
You will meet with an adviser for individual educational planning. The interpretation of your Profile of Academic Abilities and the information about the academic structure of Penn State will prepare you for this meeting. The adviser will discuss with you your educational plans and the characteristics of those academic programs in which you have expressed an interest. As a result of this meeting, your initial educational plans may be confirmed, or you may decide on an alternate educational plan. Students who decide on an alternate plan may request a change of college provided that they meet the established admission criteria.
You will receive information about the college in which you plan to enroll and have the opportunity to plan a schedule of courses for your first semester at the University. You can also learn about any other college within the University system that may be of interest to you.
Families are urged to participate in the New Student Orientation. Families usually find this experience meaningful, and students typically appreciate their participation.
We feel that the educational planning and academic advising you receive through this program will benefit you significantly in working toward your educational goals.
What do I do if I have special needs?
The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the NSO office at 814-865-2578 at least two weeks before your participation.
Description of Major Activities of the New Student Orientation
Introduction to the Program (Students and Families): The New Student Orientation Program (NSO) – its objectives and its activities – will be discussed.
Presenting the University to First-Year Students (Students and Families): A multimedia presentation will outline the academic structure of the University and provide an overview of the academic experience at Penn State.
Interpretation of the Profile of Academic Abilities (Students and Families): Students’ test results, high school performance, and SAT scores have been developed into an individualized Profile of Academic Abilities. Students and families will receive a copy of the Profile along with a detailed interpretation to prepare the student for individual educational planning with a NSO adviser.
Individual Educational Planning Interview (Students): A NSO adviser will discuss the student’s test results and help the student evaluate his/her educational plans, occupational and professional interests, curricular goals, and other issues related to the academic experience at Penn State.
Academic Advising Interview (Students): Advisers trained in the use of the Profile of Academic Abilities will assist students in course selection for their first semester of enrollment.
Parking is provided in the parking lots across from Forker Laboratory on Penn Avenue or on Shenango Avenue.