Transfer Orientation (TSO)

Transfer Orientation (TSO)

For Transfer Students

Spring 2018 Students:  The TSO program will be held on the following dates:  

  • Monday, November 13, 2017
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017

If you have not already created an active Access Account, it is required to receive all of the instructions for your Transfer Student Orientation steps.   Instructions were sent to your personal email you provided on your Penn State application via email from "" for you to activate your account.  A Friends of Penn State (FPS) account will not work. To set up your Penn State Access Account, call the ITS Helpdesk at (814) 865-4357.

Please follow the five steps listed below so you can attend one of these dates.

Once you activate your Access Account, NSO is a five-step process:

  1. Take Your ALEKS Math Assessment
  2. Make Your Reservation to Attend
  3. Upload Immunization Records
  4. Do Your Pre-TSO Homework
  5. Attend Your New Student Orientation

All instructions for the 5 steps above will be sent to your Penn State email and the personal email you provided on your Penn State application.  Please login here to access your Penn State email by using your Access Account user ID and password.

1. Take Your ALEKS Math Assessment

Completing the ALEKS Math Assessment is not required of all entering transfer students.  If you are not transferring appropriate quantification coursework, you will receive an email from an Abington transfer counselor instructing you that the ALEKS Math Assessment is required for you.

All majors at the University require courses in quantification. You may not take certain courses in mathematics, statistics, or chemistry without demonstrating readiness in those courses.

There is no additional cost associated with completing the ALEKS Math Assessment. 

Click here for additional information and to take your ALEKS Math Assessment.

2. Make Your Reservation to Attend

After accepting your offer of admission, an email will come directly to you at your email and the personal email you provided on your application to Penn State. You will need your Penn State Access Account to make a reservation for TSO.

If you require any special accommodations during TSO, you will have the opportunity to provide us with this information along with your reservation.

TSO programs will be listed based your Penn State campus, semester of entry, and college of admission. TSO is for students ONLY. If a guest is absolutely needed to attend, please contact or 215-881-7507.

Review your reservation. Be sure to click "Submit" at the top or bottom of the page to reserve your seat at TSO. Your reservation is not guaranteed until you click "Submit".

You and your guests should receive a confirmation email to the email address you entered with your reservation.  

Return to the reservation system at any time to adjust the information you provided or to change your TSO program (if permitted by your campus).

3. Upload Immunization Records

All incoming undergraduate students must submit proof of immunizations prior to their arrival on campus.  If you do not submit your immunization records, a registration hold will be place on your LionPath account.

Please use this link to complete the two-step process to submit your records.

4. Do Your Pre-TSO Homework

To prepare for your a successful transition to Penn State, please complete the following assignments before attending TSO.  All modules have important information to assist you in your transition to Penn State, but please pay attention to these REQUIRED modules.

  • Transfer Credit Worksheet - REQUIRED

    Complete this assignment if you took Advanced Placement (AP) exams, International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, or courses for college credit at another institution. Being aware of potential course credits you may be bringing with you will help you make better decisions when scheduling courses for your first semester. 

    If you need to complete this assignment, download it by clicking here.

  • Delegated Access in LionPATH - REQUIRED

    With the delegated access function in LionPATH, you can grant your parents/family members the ability to view a selection of your student data (e.g., financial aid, grades, course schedule). To set up delegated access, you will need your parent's/family member's personal email address. Once you grant access, your parent/family member will receive an email with further instructions on how to view your student data within LionPATH. You can learn more about Delegated Access by watching the module below.

    Setting up Delegated Access

    Please note: The following Pre-TSO Homework items will not be available to you until one (1) week before your scheduled TSO.

  • Pre-Registration Activity Guide - REQUIRED

    The Pre-Registration Activity is required to be completed before your TSO, as it is a necessary step before scheduling courses. The Pre-Registration Activity Guide includes the completion of your Financial Responsibility Agreement, your Emergency Contact and Missing Person Notification information. This important step must be completed before course registration for each semester at Penn State. The following module will provide a step-by-step guide on how you can complete your Pre-Registration Activity Guide. 

    Pre-Registration Activity Guide

  • Course Registration Overview - REQUIRED

    These modules will help you understand factors affecting your course selection, how to use the Schedule Builder, Shopping Cart, and LionPATH to schedule those classes, and some ways to fine-tune your schedule. Reviewing these modules in advance of TSO will help prepare you for advising and course scheduling during TSO.

    Accessing the Schedule Builder

    Overview of the Schedule Builder

    Attribute Search and Advanced Options in the Schedule Builder

    Using the Shopping Cart

  • Understanding a Penn State Degree

    This interactive module will help you to understand the general goals Penn State has for your education, the basic structure of Penn State's curriculum and how to read the University Bulletin's information regarding degree requirements.

    Understanding a Penn State Degree

  • Exploring Your Academic Choices

    You are responsible for your educational choices, including decisions about your intended major and course scheduling. Academic advisers are available to assist you in educational planning and to help you learn information specific to Penn State. Researching your decisions early will help you take advantage of the numerous opportunities available to you at Penn State.

    This homework assignment will allow you to examine some of the academic decisions you have made so far, and start to explore some decisions you will need to make about your education in the near future. You should bring a printed copy of this completed assignment (along with your Recommended Academic Plans) with you to NSO.

    Download this homework assignment by clicking here.

  • The Cost of Your Penn State Education

    It's never too early to start developing a plan for future educational expenses. Penn State has developed some helpful tools to get you, and your family, thinking about the cost of your education. Visit the Tuition and College Cost Estimator with anyone else contributing financially to your education at to get started.

  • Course Management System Overview

    Penn State's online course management system is Canvas. Within this site, you'll access your syllabi and lessons; view your grades, and more.

    Canvas Overview


If you are having issues viewing the assignments above, please make sure that you have the proper software. To view the interactive modules, you must have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player installed.

5. Attend Your Transfer Student Orientation at Penn State Abington

The faculty, staff, and students look forward to welcoming you into our community.

Here is a sample of some of the sessions that you will attend during New Student Orientation:

Your official welcome to Penn State:

  • An opportunity to meet with current Penn State students;
  • An educational planning and academic advising session;
  • Discussions about staying healthy, campus safety, & respecting difference;
  • Information about getting involved and engaged in the campus experience;
  • Information on financing your education and paying the bill; and
  • Opportunities to meet other new students.

Additional information about our expectations for you as a new Penn State student will be woven throughout the program, such as academic integrity, personal responsibility and respecting difference.

At your TSO, you will be obtaining your Penn State ID card. You are required to bring a valid photo ID (driver’s license or passport) so you can get your Penn State id+Card. No exceptions will be made.

Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking around campus during the program. You may want to bring a sweater to be comfortable. If rain or snow is in the forecast, please bring appropriate wear to move about campus.